Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks nominations for annual volunteer awards

dennytSeattle Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the Denny Awards, which honor extraordinary volunteer service to the city’s parks and recreation system. The deadline for nominations is Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The electronic nomination form is available here:

The awards will be presented at a recognition ceremony to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.6, 2016 in the Brotman Forum at the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.

The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in supporting neighborhood parks, community centers and recreation programs throughout Seattle. The awards reflect 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.

“Volunteers are one of our most important resources in helping us reach our goals of supporting healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities,” said Superintendent Jesús Aguirre. “Our volunteers coach youth sports, help us plant native trees in our parks, serve on various advisory councils and boards, and provide countless other services that allow us to have the first-rate park and recreation system that Seattle loves and depends on.”

Denny Awards nominees should:

  • demonstrate exceptional stewardship of parks and/or recreation;
  • have given a significant commitment of time;
  • provide stellar leadership by supporting SPR’s goals to extend Race and Social Justice, and support Healthy People, a Healthy Environment, and Strong Communities.

In 2015, 38,386 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing 270,360 hours of service, which is a donation valued by Independent Sector at $23.07 per hour or $6.2 million dollars in 2015.

For additional information, please contact Aretha Alexander, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-8028, or A list of past award winners is available here.

Denny Award Nominations Open

Denny Awards 2015

The mayor speaks at the 2015 Denny Awards ceremony

Looking for a way to honor an awesome volunteer in your midst? Do you know a volunteer who has excelled at creating Healthy People, Healthy Environment or Strong Communities? A volunteer who has advanced the work of Race and Social Equity in Seattle?

It is time to nominate a volunteer or group who deserves recognition for their contributions to the people of Seattle through Seattle Parks and Recreation!

Mark your calendars! Nominees and winners will be honored Tuesday, December 6th at the Seattle Art Museum from 6 to 8:30 pm.

Please complete the 2016 Denny Award Nomination Form  through Survey Monkey. Also connect with us on our Seattle Parks and Recreation Volunteer Facebook page.

Download the past Denny Award winners list

Denny Awards Nomination Form



Nomination Form


Name of individual, government agency, business or organization being nominated:




E-Mail ______________________________________________________________________

Nomination Statement


On one separate double-spaced typewritten page, please describe why you are making this nomination. How has this person, agency, business, organization, group, council or youth met the criteria of the Denny Awards, as described on the following page? You may submit up to two pages of optional background documentation, such as newspaper clips, support letters, resume or printed information. Nominators are strongly encouraged to submit pictures of the nominee and/or the work the nominee has done. (Winners are listed in a special program booklet distributed at the Denny Awards, and it is especially nice to include a picture. We may contact nominators to provide additional information or details for winners.)


The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1.  Please submit nominations to:


The Denny Awards

Volunteer Recognition Committee

c/o Adrienne Caver-Hall

860 Terry Ave North, Box #9 

Seattle, WA  98109 


For more information, please contact

Adrienne Caver-Hall, 206-684-7710, 


Nominated by:






E-mail address_________________________________________________________________




Background: Seattle Parks and Recreation initiated the Denny Awards in 2003. The awards are presented at a volunteer recognition ceremony each year. These prestigious awards reflect Seattle Parks and Recreation’s long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and providing safe and welcoming recreational opportunities for all Seattle citizens. The awards acknowledge and honor the hard work and dedication of people who volunteer their time, energy, and resources to enhance parks, facilities and recreation programs.

Purpose: The purpose of this annual award is to recognize individuals, businesses or organizations deemed to have made an outstanding and exemplary contribution to parks and recreation in Seattle. 

Criteria: 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.


These contributions or qualities foster a spirit of teamwork in pursuit of a better quality of life for citizens of Seattle, and in helping to preserve and enhance parks and recreation facilities and services. Awards recipients are not advocates of any particular philosophy, or agenda, but act in a way that helps us leave a positive parks and recreation legacy for future generations.

Selection process and presentation: Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Volunteer Recognition Committee will make recommendations on award recipients to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, who will make the final decision. The Committee will base its recommendations on information provided in the nomination in keeping with Denny Awards criteria. The Department retains the right to bestow more than one award, if so merited, or to bestow no award in the unlikely event of receiving no qualified nomination.

Presentation: The award will be presented at the annual Denny Awards volunteer recognition celebration on Dec. 7, 2010 in Lake Union Park. Recipients will receive a plaque, and will be acknowledged on another plaque to remain on display at Seattle Parks and Recreation administrative offices at 100 Dexter Ave. N.

For more information, please contact Adrienne Caver-Hall, Seattle Parks and Recreation,

at 206-684-7710 or