Rainier Beach Playfield Skatepark

Updated: August 25, 2022

Fall 2022

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the design process for the future Rainier Beach Playfield Skatepark. All the public meetings were well attended, and we had good input on the online surveys. Community input is critical for this project and has been appreciated by all.  A survey is still open and an opportunity for the community to comment on the Draft Preferred Alternative. Please visit the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Rollwitus3 and also see a larger version of the Draft Preferred Alternative while there.

Draft Preferred Alternative

The "Roll Wit Us" project campaign, based in Rainer Beach had its first public design meeting on January 19 and the final community design meeting on July 20 to present the preferred alternative.
View meeting presentations below.

Led by Danielle Jackson from CHAMPS and Scott Shin from Parent for Skateboards, the skateboard park incorporates features for skaters and non skaters alike. The goal of the project is to serve beginning and intermediate skaters and provide gathering space for neighbors. Other wheeled activities such as roller skating are welcomed too.

The design process is currently on hold due to funding. The community is working on additional fundraising to continue the design process and Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is applying for state funds to support project construction.  If successful, construction funding will be available in early 2024.

SPR recognizes skateboarding as a healthy popular activity. In 2007 we worked with the community on a Citywide Skatepark Plan which makes recommendations to locate and build skateparks in various parts of Seattle. Seattle has already created skateparks at Ballard Commons, Judkins Park, Jefferson Park, Virgil Flaim Park and others.

For the last four years, CHAMPS has been hosting groups of young people to discuss a skateboard park in southeast Seattle that would attract youth and provide a safe gathering place. Parents for Skateparks came along, the partnership was perfect!

The consultants are Environmental Works and Evergreen Skateparks. The organization SKATE LIKE A GIRL is a close partner.

The new skatepark at Rainier Beach Playfield will be a great addition to the Rainier Beach Community Center, local sporting activities schools, "Where's the Beach" Link2Lake Project, and the many multi-family units coming to the neighborhood.

Location

Rainier Beach Playfield4707 S Cloverdale Street, 98118

Budget

This project is supported by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods supported by neighborhood fundraising and labor.
Design budget (feasibility, concept design and cost estimate): $33,564
Construction budget: TBD

Schedule

Virtual Public Meetings: January 19, April 20, and July 20, 2022. These are the third Wednesday of each month and will be between 6 and 8 p.m.
Study & Design:
Completion, Fall 2022
Construction:
TBD

Project Description

This project includes a feasibility study, conceptual design, and cost estimate for a new skateboard park at Rainier Beach Playfield. The design will naturally integrate skateboarding into the surrounding landscape and feature a mix of street and transition-style terrain, with elements for all age groups and ability levels. It will be an important gathering place for the people of Rainer Beach and the design will reflect the neighborhood.

Community Participation

Please watch this page for more opportunities to participate in the public process.

Results of Survey #1 to Identify Community Needs and Brainstorm Design Ideas

Virtual Public Meeting #1  1/19/2022

Virtual Public Meeting #2  4/20/2022

In Person Public Meeting #3  7/20/2022

Be sure to check the community websites:

For additional information and to volunteer please contact:
Danielle Jackson, CHAMPS Resource & Service Center
dajackson@champsseattle.org, (206) 518-7444
or
Scott Shinn, Parents for Skateparks
scott.shinn@parents4sk8parks.org, (206) 909-0390