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May 28, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Sketched May 24, 12:48 p.m.
This tree in O.O. Denny Park on the northeast side of Lake Washington is so special it has its name written on a plaque: Sylvia. Once the largest living tree in King County, it grew to be 255 feet tall and 27 feet around before a storm blew away its top in 1993.
“Sylvia is symbolic of the beautiful, hidden riches of our area … one tree among many in an urban forest with remarkable old-growth vestiges,” said Francesca Lyman, a board member of the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance, a group dedicated to protecting Finn Hill, one of the greenest spots around the lake.
On June 1, this quiet residential community where Sylvia has lived for more than 600 years will officially become part of Kirkland. The annexation, which also includes the neighborhoods of North Juanita and Kingsgate, will make the eastside city the sixth-largest in the county and 12th in the state with nearly 80,000 residents — a 65 percent increase.
Lyman said the annexation may inspire more Kirkland residents to discover this little-known “enchanted forest” in their city and get to know the thousands of neighbors who appreciate it and enjoy it.
Sketched May 24, 11:23 a.m.
Lyman, above, and her friend Robin Rogers, shown on the top sketch next to “Sylvia,” along with her daughter Sally and granddaughter Mia –she’s carrying her on her back–, walk her dogs at O.O. Denny Park on a regular basis. “It’s dog heaven,” said Lyman, the proud owner of an 8-year-old collie named Toby.
O.O. Denny Park is named after Orion Orvil Denny, son of Seattle founder Arthur Denny. You can learn more about the park on this article at HistoryLink.org.
More sketches from my visit to Finn Hill:
I’m happy to drive through this toll booth
The greenest corner of Lake Washington
Coming up: Once a month, I explore Seattle-area communities following readers’ recommendations. Where should I go next? Send me your ideas via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Have a great weekend!
May 27, 2011 at 9:18 PM
Sketched May 23, 2:49 p.m.
During my visit to Finn Hill (see previous post) I stumbled upon a historic drive-thru espresso on Juanita Drive NE across from Village Mart.
Owner Katrina O’Malley said her stand used to be a toll booth on the 520-bridge from 1963 until 1979 (see a plaque she keeps inside.)
Some readers may remember those years of tolls at the longest floating bridge in the world, and more may remember when the drive-thru was called “Toll Booth Espresso” under a previous owner, said O’Malley, 36, who took over the business last December.
It’s interesting to think that history is catching up with this old metal box. As tolling starts again at the bridge soon, likely this summer, commuters who opt to drive around the lake to avoid the tolls may find themselves pulling up for coffee at this former check-point. At least that’s what O’Malley is hoping for.
Sketched May 23, 2:10 p.m.
Rewind: I spent a day sketching on the 520 bridge back in February. See the post here if you missed it.
May 26, 2011 at 3:14 PM
Sketched May 23, 4:24 p.m. [Click to view larger] [Sketch location on my Sketcher Google Map]
My once-a-month exploration of different communities in the Seattle area took me to Finn Hill this week (See previous dispatches from White Center, Beacon Hill and Shoreline). This quiet and largely residential neighborhood on the northeast side of Lake Washington will officially become part of Kirkland on June 1st.
Even though I found a few pockets of new development here and there –like the one pictured in my sketch–, nature seems to be winning the battle with urbanization here.
Lou Berner, a local biologist and board member of the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance, said the area including St. Edward State Park, O.O. Denny Park, Big Finn Hill Park and the Juanita Woodlands is the greenest space on Lake Washington.
I’ll be showing you more of that green in the nexts posts. Stay tuned!
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