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    Denny Blaine

    Denny Blaine is a small exclusive neighborhood on the Seattle (west) side of Lake Washington that is situated between Washington Park on the south and the Madrona neighborhood to the north. The Olmstead Brothers from New York originally designed the neighborhood.

    Denny Blaine Park is one of many small parcels of land donated to the city by Charles L. Denny and Elbert F. Blaine in 1884. In 1887, the Board of Park Commissioners was established to oversee development of the Seattle park system. Seattle Parks Commissioners hired the famed Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm in 1903 to design a comprehensive system of parks and boulevards for the city. The Olmsted Plan for Seattle's parks spurred the early development of the Seattle park system and has been the basis of our modern day park system.

    Elbert Blaine is sometimes called "the father of the Seattle Park System". As Seattle Park Commissioner from 1902 to 1908, he played an important role in implementing the Olmsted Plan in Denny Blain where there are not any "straight" streets and several small parks. Today Denny Blaine is a small neighborhood with multi-million dollar homes that mostly face east over Lake Washington to Bellevue.