Greenways Initiative

Updated: February 17, 2017

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. 

Construction for Rainier Beach Playfield greenway project will begin in late February and last until mid May 2017. This project will make improvements to the pathway along Dunlap School and install a new pathway between the baseball and soccer fields. The new paths will replace the deteriorating pathway, improve access to and from the park and improve accessibility. The project is a joint effort with the Safe Routes to School program.

 Aerial view of construction areaMap of suggested detourConstruction Timeline: Late February - Mid May 2017

Greenways Initiative

Location

Seattle City-wide

Budget

Seattle Parks District funds provide $200,000 per year for greenways related capital project planning, design and construction and $118,000 per year for programming, activation and events starting in January 2016. 

Explore the budget for this project on our Seattle Park District Open Budget site.

Schedule

Capital Project Planning: Begins third quarter 2015 then ongoing
Programming Planning: Begins first quarter 2016 then ongoing
Design: Ongoing
Construction: Ongoing

  • John C. Little Sr. Path and Stair Upgrades: Completed in fall 2016
  • Rainier Beach Playfield Path Upgrades: Late Feb - mid May 2017
    • This project will make improvements to the pathway along Dunlap School and install a new pathway between the baseball and soccer fields. The new paths will replace the deteriorating pathway, improve access to and from the park and improve accessibility. The project is a joint effort with the Safe Routes to School program.

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.

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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