Community celebration for the renovation and re-opening of Denny Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and the Friends of Denny Park are hosting a community celebration for the renovation of Denny Park on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the park at 100 Dexter Ave. N. The event offers family fun, music, refreshments and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Compass Housing Alliance through Compass on Dexter will provide a fun children’s gardening and craft activity.

SPR is happy to re-open Seattle’s oldest park and celebrate the improvements that have been made. “It is critical that we care for our urban parks, and Denny Park provides great green space for the South Lake Union community,” said Jesús Aguirre, SPR Superintendent. “I would like to thank the Friends of Denny Park for their long-time stewardship of this park, and Vulcan and Clise Properties for their support of the new pathway lighting. The Friends of Denny Park bring great energy to this park. We appreciate their partnership and we’re happy to celebrate this reopening together with our partners, and South Lake Union neighbors.”

SPR maximized construction efficiency by combining three separate major maintenance improvement projects. Through the design process of the pavement, sewer and irrigation projects we identified opportunities to make other minor improvements to the park. The work completed over the last year included replacement of the park’s pathways and paved areas, replacement of storm drainage, sanitary sewer and irrigation systems, new pathway lighting, modifications to the central plaza area with new café tables, improved pedestrian circulation, enhanced ADA accessibility and creation of a more functional community gathering space. Minor modifications to the parking lot and entry drive expanded available parking, and address overflow parking on park pathways.

In conjunction with the park event, the community is invited to participate in the South Lake Union (SLU) Saturday Market and Art Rising event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Art Rising is an interactive arts event taking place for the first time in SLU on John Street between Westlake and Dexter. Art Rising provides an opportunity to interact with the artist booths and local craft vendors from Urban Craft Market and watch live performances in Denny Park by Khambatta Dance. The SLU Saturday Market offers a fresh take on the traditional farmers market with a local mercantile attitude, and will be held just off 9th Ave in and around the Discovery Center parking area.

Learn more about the day at http://www.sluchamber.org/art-rising or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ArtRisingSLU/. For any questions about SLU or how to get involved with the SLU Chamber, please email director@sluchamber.org.

For more information about the park and the park event please contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/denny-park-paving-drainage-and-irrigation

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