We had a week of rain at the end of August and it nudged a few mushrooms up. During a Saturday walk through the park we had the good fortune to have Daniel Winkler along. Daniel is an expert on mushrooms. Doug Rough from the Juanita Neighborhood Association and Karen Lightfeld who lives on Goat Hill joined the walk.
We walked and talked about the roles Finn Hill and Juanita neighborhoods have as a link connecting the Kirkland Corridor with the Burke Gilman Trail. Doug is a real advocate for trails providing alternate road bike transportation. The vision is preserving natural resources with regional value. People will ride their bikes to work, for errands and for play, if there are safe routes.
The 2010 census data puts the population of Finn Hill at 22,707. There are two appeals that Finn Hillians consistently have: 1) common sense development on the top of this hill and 2) trails vs driving cars as a way down to Juanita. If not trails, then build a gondola from the Juanita business area to the top of Juanita Heights Park. Wouldn’t that be fun!
When the rains come, watch for a couple of October dates when we’ll get Daniel Winkler into Juanita Heights park to give mushrooming walking tours. In the meantime, check out his amazing web site.