Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway

Updated: August 20, 2018

What’s happening now?

In coordination with the Office of Arts & Culture, we commissioned 7 emerging public artists to create temporary art installations along the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway as part of Art Interruptions 2018. Look for the art between Rainier Beach Playfield and Othello Park. View the specific art locations.

Example of art on the greenway
Example of public art along the neighborhood greenway

The first phase of the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway construction is almost complete! We’re working on finishing touches such as signage, landscaping, and pavement markings.

During the second phase, we will build a pathway to better connect the neighborhood greenway to the I-90 trail and continue the improvements north of S College St.

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Project Overview

Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, and neighbors. We make people walking and biking the priority.

Neighborhood greenways can include:

  • 20 mph speed limit signs
  • Speed humps to calm traffic
  • Stop signs for side streets crossing the greenway signs and pavement markings to help people find their way
  • Easier crossings of busy streets with crosswalks,
  • Flashing beacons, or traffic signals

Once built, neighborhood greenways can:

  • Create safe pathways for students to walk to school
  • Strengthen communities around safer streets
  • Create neighborhood placemaking
  • Connect you and your neighbors to popular destinations such as schools, parks, business districts, and the city-wide bicycle network
  • Provide alternative options of getting around your neighborhood by walking or biking

The Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway is a route over 6 miles long stretching all the way from Mount Baker to Rainier Beach. The route includes small improvements like crosswalks, curb ramps, speed humps, stop signs, and pavement repairs that go a long way to make walking and biking around the neighborhood easier.

Since 2014, we've been gathering community input on the greenway route to select streets that aren't too steep and connect people to neighborhood destinations like light rail, parks, grocery stores, schools, and more. View the full Rainier Valley Greenway route. Visit our neighborhood greenways home page or a language to learn more about neighborhood greenways.

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Schedule

Our anticipated schedule is below, but it may change depending on weather and coordination with nearby projects.

  • Spring/Summer 2017: Filling potholes and patching streets to prepare for microsurfacing
  • Mid-May to mid-July 2017: Tree pruning along whole neighborhood greenway route
  • Mid-August 2017: Microsurfacing work
  • Late summer 2017 to summer 2018: Neighborhood greenway construction - phase 1
  • 2018/2019: Curb ramps installed along microsurfaced streets and phase 2 of greenway construction

Funding

This project is funded by the 9-year Levy to Move Seattle, approved by voters in 2015. Learn more about the levy.

Materials

Event materials

Construction materials (2017-2018)

Design materials (2015-2017)