Laurelhurst Community Club
Serving 2800 Households and Businesses in Seattle’s Laurelhurst Neighborhood
September 26, 2005
Volunteer Recognition Committee
Seattle Parks and Recreation Department
100 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109-5199
RE: Nominations for the Denny Awards
Dear Ms. Wilke,
The Laurelhurst Community Club is pleased to nominate two individuals to receive 2005 Denny Awards – Al Hovland and Kit O’Neill. We believe these individuals have made an outstanding and exemplary contribution to parks and recreation in our city.
Both Al Hovland and Kit O’Neill meet your criteria as having demonstrated exceptional stewardship to parks and recreation, in providing stellar leadership to enhance and preserve parks and/or recreation programs, in demonstrating a significant personal commitment of time and effort to assist the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department and have gained the respect of community peers for their efforts.
Al Hovland is an important community leader in Laurelhurst. He is president of the Laurelhurst Community Center Advisory Council and a member of the Project Advisory Team for the expansion of our community center.
Kit O’Neill has spearheaded the daylighting of Ravenna Creek, a project that our community has supported since its inception well over a decade ago. Kit O’Neill’s perseverance and the many challenges she and others with the Ravenna Creek Alliance faced are an inspiration to our community.
We hope you will agree that Al Hovland and Kit O’Neill are both deserving of a Denny Award. We have attached additional information as required in your instructions about our nominees. Thank you for considering our nominations.
Jeannie Hale, President
3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
206-525-5135 / fax 206-525-9631
Name: Al Hovland
Address: 4326 NE 44th Street, Seattle, WA 98105
Al Hovland is a parks advocate, volunteer and leader in the Laurelhurst community. He is president of the Laurelhurst Community Center Advisory Council. In this role, he provides leadership in guiding community center operations and programming to ensure that the needs of our neighbors are met. He is always on top of equipment needs at our center and the nearby gym at Laurelhurst School. Whether it is serving as the hot dog chef extraordinaire at our annual neighborhood salmon bake, addressing offleash dog issues at our park, dealing with graffiti or attending ARC meetings on behalf of the advisory council – Al is always there to help out.
Al is also a member of the Project Advisory Team for expansion of the Laurelhurst Community Center and has played an invaluable role in providing direction to the Department on various issues that have surfaced. He has also regularly attended and briefed the Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees as the process moves forward with community center design and expansion.
Al has dedicated tirelessly to our community and the efforts of the Parks and Recreation Department.
Name: Kit O’Neill
Address: 5116 26th Avenue NE 98105
For over a decade, Kit O’Neill has spent hundreds and hundreds of hours on a dream – a dream to daylight Ravenna Creek. The Laurelhurst community has been there every step of the way to support this effort.
Kit led the effort to develop an ambitious proposal in the early 1990s’ to daylight the stream and reconnect it to the surface of Union Bay. She worked with city, county and federal officials to obtain funding – and this was not an easy undertaking. She participated in dozens and dozens of meetings to address design issues. There were many stumbling blocks along the way and Kit dealt with these, working for consensus and cooperation among all involved.
The vision of the creek flowing on the surface between Ravenna Park and Union Bay has changed. But, the dream is now becoming a reality with the groundbreaking on July 1, 2005. It was only due to Kit’s hard work and perseverance that the project moved forward.
Within the year, Ravenna Creek will once again flow into Union Bay. Although not all of Ravenna Creek will be daylighted, the remaining creek length underground will be commemorated by a blue line on the surface from the park to the bay to represent its flow.