Denny Blaine Park
Lonely Planet review for Denny Blaine Park
South of Madison Park toward the tail of Lake Washington Blvd is Denny Blaine Park, found at the end of a looping tree-lined lane. This predominantly lesbian beach is surrounded by an old stone wall, which marked the shoreline before the lake level was dropped 9ft during construction of the ship canal. Just a little further south on your right-hand side, you’ll find the two-tiered Viretta Park, from which you can see the mansion once owned by Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love – it’s the house on the north (or left) side of the benches if you’re facing the water. Cobain took his life with a shotgun in the mansion’s greenhouse in April 1994. The greenhouse is long gone and Love no longer owns the house, but Nirvana fans still make the pilgrimage to this small park to pay tribute and scribble messages on the benches in the lower part of the park.