We partnered with the community to create goals, policies, and actions to make Rainier Beach a great neighborhood with strong social and cultural institutions, resources, and places for people to live healthy lives.
In 2010, the Mayor and City Council decided it was time to update the 1999 Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan. Their decision was based on the changes in Rainier Beach since 1999. Rainier Beach has a new light rail station, library, and school. But some community members think that in other ways the area hasn’t changed enough.
For the 2011 Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update, the City and community reviewed the strengths of the original plan. We used that assessment to confirm goals that are still relevant and added new goals where they were needed. That work set the stage for us to create a shared work plan to accomplish the community’s vision for Rainier Beach.
Throughout the neighborhood plan update, a diverse range of people were engaged in community-wide events. We held over a dozen meetings to get input and feedback from the area’s historically underrepresented community members, including immigrants, refugees, youth, seniors, communities of color, and people living with disabilities.
- Rainier Beach Moving was awarded a $5,000 Seattle Foundation Neighbor to Neighbor grant
- Rainier Beach Urban Farm was awarded a $5,000 Seattle Foundation Neighbor to Neighbor grant
- Rainier Beach was awarded a $978,000 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant to design and implement crime reductions based on the Neighborhood Plan recommendations
- Seattle Healthy Living Assessment Tool was awarded the American Planning Association 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice
- HUD Community Challenge Planning Grant awarded for a shared multi-cultural community center to serve Rainier Valley neighborhoods
- Healthy Living Assessment Report (December 2011) — A Healthy Living Assessment is a planning tool that uses community data to identify where changes can be made to create strong community organizations, healthy people, and a supportive physical environment. The Healthy Living Assessment focuses on how people use their neighborhoods, specifically addressing areas of built and social infrastructure that have clear connections to people’s health.
- Rainier Beach Neighborhood Advisory Committee
- Rainier Beach Neighborhood Impact Studies (2010) — Conducted by students from the University of Washington College of Built Environments and the Evans School of Public Affairs