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Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool
Project Information


Location: 8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle WA 98118

Project Status

Thank you Seattle!
The Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool is now open.

Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool held it's Grand Opening on Sunday, September 22. The festivities included performances by Vovinam Lion Dance, Southeast Seattle Community Youth Orchestra, Kutt N Up, Choklate, Ethiopian Dance Troupe, International Capoeira Angola Foundation and NW Tap. Thousands of friends, family and neighbors participated in the celebration and toured the beautiful new community center and pool.

Seattle Parks and Recreation has contracted with five community organizations to enhance and expand services. Those partners include Bike Works, Southeast Seattle Community Youth Orchestra, Atlantic Street Center, East African Community Services, and the Associated Recreational Council. This new partnership model will help Seattle Parks meet many of the goals and priorities of the Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan Update developed by the community, the Department of Neighborhoods, and Department of Planning and Development.

8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle WA 98118
$25 Million for total project budget which includes planning, design and construction for a new RBCC facility.
$5 million is a combination of General
Obligation Bonds, REET I and REET II.
Planning: Spring 2009 - Fall 2010
Design: Spring 2009 - Winter 2010/11
Construction: Summer 2011 - Fall 2013
Completion: September 22, 2013

Project Description

This project was developed by Parks in response to the Seattle School District's decision to construct a new South Shore K - 8 School, since the school shared the building with the existing community center and pool.

The new facility provides the public with improved and updated recreational opportunities and compliments the two new schools constructed on the site.

The $25 million facility includes a gym, a large dividable multipurpose room, a kitchen, teen rooms, a computer lab, an arts and crafts room, and a childcare facility with its own entrance, a recreational pool with waterslide and baby pool, a six-lane lap pool and an additional space for birthday parties.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, ARC Architects, Stantec Engineers, and Counsilman-Hunsaker aquatic engineers set sustainable design goals with a focus on reducing energy and water use. Targeting LEED Gold, designers incorporated sustainability into each decision.

Daylight illuminates all public spaces and natural ventilation minimizes energy use. Rainwater harvesting provides 90 percent of the water for toilets and urinals.

Built on the site of the former community center and pool, the new facility makes creative use of recycling. Wood beams were repurposed for siding; concrete foundations were used for onsite landfill, and the wood ceilings from the old locker rooms were re-milled and installed for the lobby ceilings.

Visually, the new building opens to the neighborhood, providing a welcoming atmosphere. The gym is located on the north for best daylighting and opens to a large plaza for multipurpose events. The pools are located on the south, and the existing plaza was extended to the building with added terrace seating and landscaping.

Community Participation

During the design process Parks worked with the community to develop the best plan for the community. Three public meetings were held to gather input from the neighborhood and two final design meetings. Additionally, Parks worked with the design team and arranged for meetings with an array of constituencies in the neighborhood to gather input and answer questions. These included:

  • Teen Night at Rainier Beach Community Center
  • Filipino Community Center
  • “Talk Time” at the East African Community Services
  • Vietnamese Community Open House
  • Representatives of the Samoan Community

Valuable information gathered from these meetings was incorporated into the design. Locating the gym and the multipurpose room next to each other and the kitchen will allow for large community gatherings. The design also incorporated the gym opening onto the north plaza for additional room and enjoyment in the sunny weather.

A Project Advisory Team (PAT) listed below was assembled in the beginning of September 2009.

Paula Johnson
F. Sam Gaytan
Justina Guyott
David Sauvion
Leika Suzumura
Yvette Moy
Jibril Anwar Hassen
Vic Roberson
Alan Abe
James Luster

Project Advisory Team Meetings

PAT Meeting #1 09/08/09

PAT Meeting #2 10/20/09 PAT Meeting #3 12/02/09 PAT Meeting #4 03/24/10

Public Meetings

Public Meeting #1 06/09/09

Public Meeting #2 09/15/09
Public Meeting #3 11/17/09
Public Meeting #4 04/13/10
Public Meeting #5 06/15/10
Open House 03/06/12

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Updated September 25, 2013


Currently no events are scheduled.

For More Information

Toby Ressler
800 Maynard Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134

Opening & Dedication Day Photo

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