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Delridge/Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway

Creating a network of family-friendly residential streets

April 2, 2014

Project Description

Seattle is building a network of neighborhood greenways. Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, neighbors and customers. On streets with low car volumes and speeds a greenway can:

  • Improve safety
  • Help people cross busy streets
  • Discourage cut-thru traffic
  • Protect the residential character of our neighborhoods
  • Keep speeds low
  • Get people to where they want to go like parks, schools, shops and restaurants

Neighborhood greenways are not car free zones, do not add bike lanes and there are minimal if any on-street parking impacts.

In 2013, the city conducted a survey and held two public meetings to identify the most promising route and safety improvements for a neighborhood greenway in the Delridge/Highland Park community. After analyzing data and reviewing public input, the most-promising greenway route is 17th Avenue SW from Roxbury to SW Kenyon or Holden Streets. SDOT worked with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to find opportunities to combine a greenway with natural drainage – rain gardens built along the edges of streets. Potential east-west neighborhood greenway routes are also being considered for implementation in the future.

What kind of public input did we consider?

  • Neighborhood survey responses (more than 280)
  • July 9 public meeting (more than 80 participants)
  • November 19 public meeting
  • Input provided by community groups about:
      • Traffic safety concerns
      • Known drainage or sewer back-up problems, and
      • Places people wanted to walk and bike

Staff also walked and biked around your neighborhood to review different routes and observe locations and grades. Other information considered included traffic volume, speed, and collision data.

Project Funding

Project design of the neighborhood greenway is locally funded by the nine-year voter-approved Bridging the Gap Levy. The natural drainage portion is funded by SPU.

Project Schedule for Neighborhood Greenway Portion

July 2013: Public Meeting

Fall/Winter 2013: Meetings with community groups and preliminary design

November 2014: Final design and 2nd public meeting

2015: Potential construction’

Visit SPU’s web page to learn more about the schedule to construct natural drainage in Delridge.


Project Overview – English
Project Overview – Spanish
Comment Sheet (must be received by December 10, 2013)
Exhibit Boards

Project Questions and Answers
Project Update/Most Promising Route

Project Contacts

Emily Ehlers, Project Manager at or (206) 684-8264

Dawn Schellenberg, Community Engagement Liaison at or (206) 684-5189

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