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Denny Substation Design Open House


Just a reminder that you are invited to a Denny Substation Project open house this Thursday, Nov. 20. The open house is part of City Light's ongoing work with the community and City Light ratepayers to design a substation that meets the utility's goals and also reflects the neighborhood's character. Come on out and let SCL know that we need a well-designed dog park at the substation.


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 20, 2014


Cascade People's Center
309 Pontius Ave North
Seattle, WA 98109


The open house format will allow attendees to drop in any time to talk with project staff and comment on the design and proposed public benefits. 

The latest on the Substation from Michael Clark, Program Manager of the Substation Project

"Based on a number of factors, our current schedule indicates that the project will be completed 7 months later than originally anticipated.

The original schedule called for the substation to be energized by the end of 2016. We now expect it will be energized sometime in the third quarter of 2017 if we cannot make up time during the construction phase.  The most significant impact to the schedule we have experienced is an approximate 4 month delay with the procurement of the transformers and high-voltage switchgear for the substation. The delay was due to the complexity of the equipment and the strict specifications required by City Light. Because the specifications of the equipment affect substation design, design and construction documents were put on hold during the equipment procurement process.  Other delays resulted from the feasibility studies requested by City Council on co-development at the substation site.  We had hoped to recover these 3 months in the schedule over the last year however our efforts to do so were not successful due to the complexity of our overall design effort.  It is important to note that as design has progressed, the overall duration of the construction schedule has not significantly changed."

I hope that I, and my dogs, live to see the day...


SLU Dog Park saga drags on...


Time to update you all on the Denny Substation Project and the new City of Seattle dog park that will be part of it.

I've been working with a fantastic group of people whose goal is to make SLU/Cascade a great place to live, work and play. We are definitely "all for one, and one for all".

This photo shows City Light's dog park design in miniature. Our group agrees it is totally inadequate, with it's curvy pathways that seem to be walking with your dog. Because of the shape, it will be impossible to throw a ball or a Frisbee.  Our group unanimously agreed that the current design is awful.   I find it unfortunate that "art" (and I use the term loosely) is taking up an area where the dog park should be.  But the good news is that this design is not "set in stone". The Seattle Design Commission will be weighing in, hopefully within the next few months. I am hopeful that there will be significant changes that will maximize the dog play area.

If you have questions or comments, feel free to contact me @ newdogpark@gmail.com


Time to calendar this important meeting

Denny Substation - Public Benefit briefing @ Design Commission

Thu, September 4, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Where City Hall - Boards and Commissions Room  

Call to Action!



 Here is another opportunity to let City Light know that a 6,000 sf. dog park, which the City is hoping we find acceptable, is UNACCEPTABLE. As you all know, there are 1000+ dogs who live and work in SLU/Cascade.  We need a dog park that will safely accomodate the dogs of Cascade/SLU!

Let the powers that be, know that the Denny substation creates the perfect opportunity to create a spacious and safe, dog park.  Six thousand square feet is inadequate to serve the downtown dogs; at 6,000 square feet, it will be one of the two smallest off-leash areas in the city!! 

E Mail Comments to:

Mail Comments to:


Kathleen G. Fendt, Senior Environmental Analyst
Seattle City Light
700 5th Avenue, Suite 3200

P. O. Box 34023

Seattle, WA 98124-4023




To be considered in developing the final EIS, all comments must be postmarked by midnight, April 26, 2014.

Wondering what's happening at the Denny Substation, home of the future dog park?

 Draft Environmental Impact Statement release: City Light will release the Draft EIS in spring 2014 with notice of availability posted on the website, mailed, or emailed to parties of record, and with other legal notices posted as required. To provide the public with opportunities to comment, there will be a public hearing and 30-day comment period soon after the release.

Substantial completion of substation design: City Light will reach 90-percent design of the substation and complete the design of the distribution system in 2014. A public benefits package as part of the petition proposing the vacation of Pontius Ave N between Denny Way & John St will be presented to both the Seattle Design Commission and the City Council in 2014. The final recommendation for acceptance of the public benefits package would be made by the City Council in order for the petition to be approved in 2014.(An opportunity to tell the Council, "We want a dog park!)

Ongoing public involvement: City Light will continue to reach out to the public in 2014, with another public meeting to get input on design, more community forum meetings, and briefings with groups and organizations. 

Pre-construction outreach: Construction does not start until 2015, but City Light will be ramping up its construction outreach efforts in 2014 to ensure you know what to expect. Stay tuned for opportunities to learn more and stay connected in 2014. (More chances for the voices of dog park supporters to be heard!)

Denny Substation meeting

Here's the latest on the Denny Substation dog park project.  The substation itself will take up considerable room, but in the "Preferred Alternative" design, there is an area approximately 16,000 square feet that appears to provide the best opportunity for a decent size dog park (it's about 16,000 square feet).

Alot is still up in the air right now,  but I feel cautiously optimistic.  No one spoke out against siting a dog park on the City Light property. And it made my day when the representative of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance said that he would love to see a dog park there. (The SCCA building would be right across the street.)  

Please keep in mind that this is just the first step of a process that will last years.  But we are off to a good start.  If you have comments or questions, please contact me at newdogpark@gmail.com.

City Light Announces "Denny Forum"


I am pleased to report that City Light has invited me to represent the dogs of SLU at The Denny Substation Project Community Forum (Denny Forum).  Here's how they describe the process:  "Seattle City Light is designing a new substation, a transmission line to feed the substation, and a network distribution system to meet Seattle’s current and future electrical needs.  Throughout this process Seattle City Light is committed to working with the community in a transparent and meaningful manner. In pursuit of that aim, City Light is forming the Denny Substation Project Community Forum (Denny Forum). The purpose of the Denny Forum is to promote meaningful discussion and information sharing between the project team and area stakeholders around the development of key project elements." "The Denny Forum is a time limited engagement, anticipated to last throughout environmental review and design - about 6 meetings over an 18 month period."   My understanding of this process is that I will represent the SLU Dogs and the humans who love them.   It will be my job to share the information I learn about the project and to raise awareness of  it .  I will be attending meetings held about once per quarter and will share with you what I learn.


The SLU Dog Pack is a force to be reckoned with!

This morning, I stumbled upon a link to a recent Seattle City Council meeting about the City Light substation project.  www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp I encourage you to have a look, as it does mention the OLA potential.  It starts getting interesting at about 131 on the video's timer.  

I was happy to hear, from the lead landscape architect, that siting a dog park there has a lot of public support.  Thank you all!!  Of course, we can look forward to more public meetings and opportunities to be heard.

I'm counting on you all to show that we deserve a bigger, better off-leash area!

The present....and the future

 Wanted to let you know that Seattle Parks will be helping us rehab (the woefully inadequate) Denny Dog Park.  They acknowledge that the surfacing is awful and that it was not properly installed.  Not sure when, though.  Whenever it is, it will require some volunteer labor.  If you're not on the email list (newdogpark@gmail), please sign up so you can stay informed.

The plan for a bigger, better OLA at the old Greyhound Bus site is still in play.  No word yet on when the next public meetings will be held, but I will let you know as soon as I know.  

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