Denny Park is a park located in the South Lake Union
neighborhood of Seattle
. It occupies the block bounded by John Street and Denny Way on the north and south and Dexter and 9th Avenues N. on the west and east.Denny Park is Seattle's oldest park. In 1861 pioneer David Denny donated the land to the city as Seattle Cemetery. Children were, from the earliest, regular users of the park.Today, Denny Park is undergoing extensive renovation. Phase 1 (Play area and lighting) opened on May 2, 2009.Future phases include a new central water feature and a history element highlighting early Seattle (to join the existing statue of Mark A. Matthews).A diverse coalition of park supporters called Friends of Denny Park have invested many hours to bring their need for a safe and vital park environment to the attention of the City.