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October 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Great city parks don’t come cheap

Ready for its close-up: the renewed Denny Park (photo by Gene Balk/The Seattle Times)

In The Seattle Times, Lynda Mapes reports on the transformation of once-seedy Denny Park into a clean and welcoming green space in the city’s urban core.  Just a few years ago, Seattle’s oldest park was the kind of place you’d go out of your way to avoid. Not anymore. Denny Park has been granted a new lease on life, buoyed by its location in the heart of the burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood.

An urban park, after all, is nothing without lots of people nearby to make use of it, and for many years the area around Denny Park was an overlooked part of town.  But the recent growth there has been dramatic.  The number of people living within a 1,500-foot radius of the park has more than doubled since 2000 to about 3,500, according to demographics data provider AGS. And with the arrival of Amazon’s headquarters, biotech firms, and other employers, the daytime population now stands at more than 9,000 in that same radius of Denny Park.

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