Seattle Parks and Recreation to recognize outstanding volunteers

Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the annual Denny Awards, which honor volunteer service to the city’s parks and recreation system.

The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in neighborhood parks, community centers and recreation programs throughout Seattle. The 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 Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, “Without the help of the community, we could not run the first-rate park and recreation system that Seattle loves and depends on.”

Locals are encouraged to nominate youth volunteers, groups serving in parks or recreation, volunteers from Associated Recreation Council, individual volunteers, Friends, community and service groups and business or corporate volunteers.

Nominees should meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • 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;
  • Gained respect of community peers for efforts to help Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The nomination form is available online and the deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. Contact Junior Kitiona at (206) 615-0780 or for further information.

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