There is a heron hanging out in the “duck” pond at Denny Blaine Lake Park with its turtle friends (see turtle to heron’s right). The heron looks to be calling the pond home, because it has been there for days. Maybe it is one of the heron’s from Commodore Park near the Ballard Locks. Maybe we will see more herons in Denny Blaine and the surrounding Seattle neighborhoods. Just in case, pull over as you are driving by the “heron” pond to see it while you can.
A mansion that has called Denny Blaine Park home since the 1923 has gotten a new address after almost a century – Bainbridge Island. The 400-ton brick home was loaded onto a barge on Wednesday evening and made an overnight journey through Lake Washington, the Ship Canal, and finally the Ballard Locks before arriving on Bainbridge on Thursday night. According to King 5, the home’s new owners, Mary Rain and her husband, stumbled across the property on the website for Nickels Brothers, a company that specializes in “recycled” homes and house moving, and purchased it for $850,000 – including delivery.
A Nickels Brothers spokesperson told King 5 that the home’s previous owners planned to build a new house on the Denny Blaine site, but did not want to see the historic home demolished. The sale to the Rain family allowed the home to be preserved, and the spokesperson said nearly 200 trees’ worth of wood was saved from the landfill. Click here to see a video of the home and updates from its new location on Bainbridge!
If you been driving around Madrona along 34th Avenue, East Denny, and/or Madrona Drive you have noticed the temporary markings for the new bicycle lanes. Well, Seattle Department of Transportation have the new permanent markings for the lanes on the streets now. It looks pretty good, but I would not want to open my driver’s side door if I was parked on the east-side of the street where 34th Avenue meet East Denny Way – it is tight and there is little visibility. Nevertheless, bicycles will now have more room whether traveling from Madrona, Denny Blaine or Leschi when coming up the steep hill on Madrona Drive, along East Denny, and up the incline on 34th Avenue until they get to Pike Street and the Madrona Business District.
Last week, Seattle Public Utilities began construction of local sewers and storm water improvements and work will close a section of Harrison Street between 30th and 31st off for the next several months. Harrison which is the street that runs along the south side of Bush is favorite street for Denny Blaine residents to take home. Given the extent of the construction that is needed, work is scheduled to be completed in October, and work hours are scheduled typically between 7:30am-6:00pm, Mon-Fri. Traffic will be detoured off of E. Harrison St between 30th and 31st for the duration of the construction work. Pedestrian access will be permitted during construction, please be aware of the traffic congestion this may cause for the duration of the summer!
Construction will include a 35,000 gallon underground storm water storage tank and a new 18″ combined sewer pipeline on East Harrison Street between 30th and 31st Avenue East. This work will greatly reduce the potential for sewer backups and storm water flooding along 31st between E. John St and E. Republican St, an area experiencing heavy problems.
Rumor is that President Barack Obama is attending a political fundraiser (reportedly raising $17,000 per person) this weekend in the Madrona / Denny Blaine area. While I am not sure about the date, the Seattle Times reported earlier this month that Obama was to be in Seattle on May 10th. Thus don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse or see evidence of the president in Madrona / Denny Blaine this weekend or in the coming weeks.
This will not be the first time Obama has visited Madrona / Denny Blaine. Central District News had a blog, complete with pictures, about Obama’s visit to the our local Seattle neighborhoods in 2010.