‘Denny Park’ takes shape at site of demolished school

Play equipment has now arrived at the site of the now-demolished former Denny Middle School, as construction of a Seattle Public Schools-owned park/recreation site continues. The district has said it will have no formal name – it’ll be maintained as an extension of nearby Southwest Athletic Complex – but nearby resident Alice Kuder has dubbed it Denny Park, and has been taking photos of the progress, including the ones shared in this report. The site where the main school building stood has been seeded with grass, and some of the new trees detailed in the plan are there too (along with a few of the old ones that have been saved):

If you want to see the site plan, take a look at this June WSB report from a community meeting previewing the project. If you drive along SW Thistle, you can also see the blacktop now in place for tennis courts, and the softball field beyond. The informal field on the ex-school building site may be used for construction of a new elementary school years down the line, the district has said, but there are no official plans so far.

6 Replies to "'Denny Park' takes shape at site of demolished school"

  • Forest October 27, 2011 (1:02 am)

    Provided it’s not “Ronald Reagan Park”, I’m good with whatever the site does or doesn’t get called. In terms of a formal name, the city already has a “Denny Park” that shares grounds with Seattle Parks headquarters.

  • morecaffeineplease October 27, 2011 (6:16 am)

    The softball field is beautiful with the new turf and permanent “chalk lines”, but it is pee-wee sized. Is is meant for T-ball? It looks too small to be a “regulation” softball field.
    Too bad they took out so many trees, but at least they kept a few of the bigger beautiful ones.

  • A October 27, 2011 (7:21 am)

    Is this the project at approx 30th and Thistle? I don’t have kids so never knew where Denny School was.

  • Scott October 27, 2011 (8:18 am)


    For every tree taken out they will plant 3 new ones.

  • Robin October 27, 2011 (3:27 pm)

    did I miss the estimated finish date? We can’t wait to use this park!!!

  • River Steenson November 9, 2011 (9:45 am)

    @morecaffeineplease: The softball field will be 185′, which is within the regulation size for high school softball.

    @A: Yes, the NW corner of the project is at 30th & Thistle.

    @Robin: Contractural final completion is the end of December ’11.

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