Today was a beautiful day and a perfect time for the FHNA Board to take Kurt Triplett on a tour of land south of Juanita Heights Park. There are 5 available parcels that are a natural extension of Juanita Heights Park. They cover more than 8 acres of exceptionally interesting and densely wooded terrain; the forest canopy is healthy and the ground covers are remarkably free of invasive plants. An additional expansion of Juanita Heights Park would anchor the existing wooded areas that still blanket the southern and eastern slopes of Finn Hill.
It’s vital to preserve these open spaces as wildlife habitats and as a protective measure against landslides, to which Finn Hill is prone. The parcels would also provide another access point for the park and would extend the park closer to the foot of Finn Hill, creating the possibility for a footpath from Juanita Beach to the top of the hill. This would be a challenging climb but one that hikers would enjoy immensely. A path from Juanita Beach through the park would also serve as a keystone to our neighborhood’s long-term vision of creating a network of trails and paths across Finn Hill. The potential exists for a loop trail around the crown of the hill, which we think we could become a unique regional recreational asset.