North Rainier Landbanked Site Park Development

Updated: January 10, 2019

Winter 2018/19

The project has grown from what was originally planned and we will now be doing some fundraising into spring of next year to enable doing the entire development including some sidewalk improvements. Seattle Parks and Recreation is finalizing the acquisition of a final parcel in the southwest corner for the future park. The next step is to move forward with the already-underway planning and design process, which will incorporate the new corner parcel. Acquisition of this 6,617-square-foot lot creates a total park size of almost one acre, creating a significant new neighborhood park consistent with the community's expressed interests. Please see aerial context map here and the updated schedule for the park below. Download the September 2017 presentation to the Seattle Design Commission for comprehensive information on the project.

Thank you to everyone who joined Seattle Parks and Recreation's Planner and Project Manager and Cascade Design Collaborative's designers, at the September 2017 Rainier Court Festival. We appreciate the input and ideas you brought to the booth for this exciting new park development. The event was made possible through a partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), South East Effective Development (SEED) and Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG).

Thank you to everyone who attended the April 5 meeting and open house. Information from the meeting can be found below.

We acquired two parcels to provide more open space for the North Rainier community, the first parcel purchased in 2011 and another in 2016. The design will incorporate accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide access to open space within this high density urban village. Impervious surfacing shall be limited to 15% or less, excluding trail and circulation surfaces.

The Seattle Park District provides funding to develop this property into a park. Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with the community on the design and encourages community participation. Please watch this site for upcoming public meetings and please contact the project planner with any questions or concerns about this new community space.


35th Ave S & S Charlestown St and 3655 35th Ave S


Seattle Park District provides $750,000 for planning, design and construction.


Planning: Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Schematic Design: Spring - Fall 2017
Fundraising/Design: Winter 2018 - Spring 2019
Construction: Summer 2019 - Winter 2020
Completion: Spring 2020

This Seattle Park District project will create a new neighborhood park. It was funded to provide the community access to open space within this high density urban neighborhood.

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy provided $24 million for the acquisition of neighborhood parks in up to 20 identified areas throughout the City. The North Rainier Residential Urban Village was included in that list.

In late 2012 Parks finalized the purchase of a .15-acre (6,650 sq.ft.) property, located at the northwest corner of 35th Avenue S & S Charlestown Street. This was followed by the purchase of an adjacent site at 3655 35th Ave S. 

Download the Gaps In Open Space Map

Community Participation

Public Meeting and Open House 4/5/2017

Community Input Opportunity at Rainier Court Festival 9/16/2017

Park Development Presentation to the Seattle Design Commission 9/21/2017