Greenways Initiative

Updated: September 11, 2018

Seattle Parks and Recreation Greenways Initiative

Starting in 2016, Seattle Parks and Recreation Greenways Initiative will provide projects and programs to connect, enhance and activate links from Neighborhood Greenways to Parks by improving access and amenities for pedestrians and bicycles.

Greenways Initiative
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Seattle City-wide


Seattle Parks District funds provide $205,000 in 2018 for greenways related capital project planning, design and construction and $118,000 per year for programming, activation and events.


Capital Project Planning: Ongoing
Programming Planning: Ongoing
Design: Ongoing
Construction: Ongoing

In Process

  • Interlaken Park Path and Stair Upgrade:
    Design 2017; Construction 2018
    • Construction of a new stair and ramp connection between Interlaken Blvd and Boyer Ave E at E Howe Street is underway. Steep slopes and geotechnical recommendations required a more robust concrete structure with shoring walls with steel pilings. The project features elements requested by the community including a bicycle runnel, guard rails and a switchback that connects to the designated crosswalk to replace the existing trail and stairs. Construction began in early July and will end in late October 2018. The trail/staircase and sidewalk will be closed for the entire construction period, and some construction noise and loss of parking in front of the project site is anticipated.
  • High Point Playground / Walt Hundley Playfield Entrance Enhancement:
    Design 2017; Construction 2018
  • Gas Works Park Sidewalk Installation and Access Upgrade:
    Design 2017; Construction 2019
  • Soundview Playfield:
    Design 2017; Construction 2019
  • Roxhill Park:
    Planning 2019
  • Maple Leaf Park:
    Planning 2019


Project Description

Initiative Description
This initiative will further develop the partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to enhance and activate connection points from Neighborhood Greenways to parks, with parks-oriented expertise. Greenways are a key component of the 2014 Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, comprising 250 miles or 41% of the total proposed network. These corridors enhance safe, calm residential streets designed to give bicycle and pedestrian travel priority. They provide people of all ages and abilities with comfortable and attractive places to walk and ride.

Initiative Objective
The Seattle Parks and Recreation capital improvement project component of the Greenways Initiative will work in coordination with the SDOT Greenway Implementation Plan, the SDOT Trails upgrade plan and the SPR Greenways activation programming to enhance the impact of all programs and expenditures and leveraging funds from other departments. The intent is to improve access and entrances to make parks more welcoming destinations for people walking and bicycling.

Community Participation

Meeting with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways - 11/3/2015

Presentation to Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board - 11/4/2015

Presentation to Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board - 12/9/2015

Rainier Beach Meeting and Ice Cream Social - 7/12/2016

SDOT North Seattle Greenway Open House - 7/27/2016

SDOT West Seattle Greenway Open House - 8/4/2016

Somali Mothers Focus Group - 10/29/16

African American Teens Focus Group - 11/4/16

Vietnamese Seniors Focus Group - 11/8/16

Specialized Sports Athletes Focus Group (Seattle Adaptive Sports) - 11/12/16

Engage Seattle, Bitter Lake Community Center Open House - 12/3/2016

Engage Seattle, West Seattle Open House - 12/7/2016

Engage Seattle, Ravenna Eckstein Community Center Open House - 12/13/2016

SPR  2016 Greenways Initiative Baseline Report - February 2017

SDOT North Seattle East/West Greenway Meeting, Crown Hill Center - 2/4/17

First Hill Improvement Association, presentation of SPR Greenways Initiative - 5/3/17

SDOT/SPR Greenway Connections, 23rd Ave Corridor/Vision Zero, Montlake Community Center - 5/9/2017

Greenways Initiative "Wheels and Heels" Activation Event, John C. Little Jr. Park - 5/20/17

SDOT West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway Event, Southwest Public Library - 6/21/17

West Seattle Greenway Art Interruptions - 10/7/17

Rainier Beach Playfield Activation Event - 10/21/17