Seattle Parks and Recreation planning improvements for Seattle’s oldest park

Community invited to learn more about Denny Park improvement project

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to learn about improvements scheduled for Denny Park at a public meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in the Ken Bounds Board Room, 100 Dexter Ave N. from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation has efficiently coordinated improvement projects which include pavement, drainage and irrigation replacement.

The design consultant, WR Consulting Inc., and the Seattle Parks and Recreation project manager will present a summary and schedule for the upcoming projects. Construction is anticipated to begin by mid-2016 with completion by early 2017.

The combined project includes replacement of the park’s pathways and paved areas, replacement of storm drainage, sanitary sewer and irrigation systems, plus potential modifications to the central plaza area. Modifications to the plaza will improve pedestrian circulation, enhance accessibility for all and provide a more functional community gathering space. Other proposed improvements include a new central raingarden feature, new benches and planting bed modifications.

Denny Park is located at 100 Dexter Ave N. David Denny, Seattle pioneer donated the land to the City as a cemetery.  In 1883 the Denny family drew up a deed rededicating the cemetery property to become a public park.

Funding for the project is provided by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy and the Seattle Park District. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of urban forests; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information on this project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/denny_park/ or contact Chris Mueller at 206-684-0988 or chris.mueller@seattle.gov.