Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks nominations for annual volunteer stewardship awards

Seattle 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 Friday, October 18, 2019.


Nomination Form (please complete one of the options below):

  • The electronic nomination form is available here (if you want to view all the questions on the nomination form before beginning to submit online, you can take a look at the PDF version below).

  • A PDF nomination form is available here for you to download or print and complete. You can email the completed nomination to Adrienne.Caver-Hall@seattle.gov, or mail it to Adrienne Caver-Hall, 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109.

    *When completing the nomination form, please select only one category that best suits your nominee (Equity Champion, Healthy Environment, Healthy People, Strong Communities).

The awards will be presented at a recognition ceremony to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Sodo Park Herban Feast, 3200 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134.

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 Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent. “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 2018, 31,260 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing 174,510 hours of service, which is a donation valued by Independent Sector for Washington State at $31.72 per hour or $5,535,457 in 2018.

For additional information, please contact Adrienne Caver-Hall at 206-733-9703, or adrienne.caver-hall@seattle.gov. A list of past award winners is available here.