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Denny Awards

Adrienne Caver-Hall: (206) 684-7710

Children planting native plants. Photo by Art Wolfe.
Children planting native plants. Photo by Art Wolfe.

The awards will be presented at a recognition ceremony from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the Rain Forest Pavilion at the Woodland Park Zoo.

The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in neighborhood parks, community centers and recreation programs throughout the city. In 2013, 41,244 people volunteered for Seattle Parks racking up 368,448 hours of service. Though the volunteers’ efforts are invaluable to the department, the Corporation for National and Community Service estimates that the value of a volunteer’s time in Washington is $22.69 per hour. That means in 2013, volunteers donated $8,360,085 worth of time to Seattle Parks!

Our volunteers do everything from pulling invasive ivy and planting native trees in our parks to coaching kids’ sports to working as docents at selected parks to serving on various advisory councils and boards.

“Volunteers are one of our most important resources,” said Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams. “Without the help of the community, we could not run the first rate park and recreation system that Seattle depends on.”

The name of the awards reflects the early commitment by the Denny family to the preservation of parkland and open space for public use and enjoyment. David T. and Louisa Denny donated land that became the first Seattle park, Denny Park, in 1884.

Denny Awards nominees should meet the following minimum qualifications. The nominee must have:

  • Demonstrated exceptional stewardship to parks and/or recreation;
  • Provided stellar leadership related to enhancing and preserving parks and/or recreation programs;
  • Demonstrated a significant personal commitment of time and effort to assist Seattle Parks and Recreation; and
  • Gained respect of community peers for efforts to help Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The nomination form for the award, specific criteria and related information (included with this news release) are available by contacting Adrienne Caver-Hall, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206-684-7710, or

2013 Denny Award Recepients

  • Mary Ann T. Wiley (posthumous) - Special Award
  • Jim Neff – Healthy Parks Healthy You Award
  • Birding Volunteers at Discovery Park Wildlife Advocate Award
  • Ryther Aspiring Youth Program - Youth Community Stewardship Award
  • Afred Love, Jr. Making a Difference Award
  • Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mt. View, co-founders Mary Dejong and Andrea Ostrovsky - Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Award
  • Cheryl Klinker Superintendents Award

Past Denny Award Recipients

Nomination form (Word format)

2014 Denny Awards Fact Sheet

Updated October 20, 2014



Seattle Parks and Recreation gratefully acknowledges the Denny Award sponsors and supporters.

Seattle Parks Foundation
Associated Recreation Council
Parker Design House
Seattle Aquarium
Seattle Parks and Recreation Japanese Garden
Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle Art Museum
Pacific Science Center
Schwartz Brothers Restaurants

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