Working for a safe, affordable, vibrant, innovative, and interconnected city.
Learn More Home Page This Department
Seattle Parks and Recreation Seattle Parks and Recreation Home Page Seattle Parks and Recreation - About Us Seattle Parks and Recreation - Contact Us
Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent.
  Parks   Centers & Pools Activities Reservations & Permits Projects & Planning A - Z Index
SPARC - Online Registration
Arts & Culture
Healthy Parks, Healthy You
Lifelong Recreation (50+)
Specialized Programs
Current Projects
Volunteer Calendar
Service Learning for Teens
Seattle Volunteer Naturalists
Middle School CLC
Denny Awards
Environmental Stewardship
Good Food
Seattle Parks and Recreation

Denny Awards

Karen O'Connor: (206) 684-7241|karen.o'

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

Celebrate the 2013 Denny Awards!

Click image to see flyer
Please click the image for the full flyer.

Thank you to everyone who nominated volunteers for a Denny Award.  Please save the date Tuesday, December 3, 2013 for the award ceremony at MOHAI at 6 p.m.

“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 Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in neighborhood parks, community centers, and recreation programs throughout the city. In 2012, more than 40,000 volunteers donated over 426,000 hours of service to Seattle Parks and Recreation.

They 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.

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 1864.

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.

2013 Denny Award Recepients

  • Mary Ann T. Wiley - 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
  • Alfred 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 - Superintendent's Award

Past Denny Award Recipients

For more information, contact Karen O’Connor, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206-684-7241, or karen.o’

Nominating criteria You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.
Nomination form You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.

Updated November 21, 2013



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

 Home | Partnerships | Park Board | Volunteer | FAQ | Parkways Parkways Icon | Facebook Facebook Icon | @SeattleParks Twitter Icon | Flickr Flickr Icon