Seattle Park District Greenways Initiatives provides improved routes for Rainier Beach community

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and Seattle Department of Transportation invite the community to celebrate the connection improvements in Rainier Beach on Sat. Oct. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 4525 S. Cloverdale St.  Join us to celebrate the improvement connections from Dunlap Elementary to the Rainier Beach Playfield Play area and community center. We are partnering with the Austin Foundation on the event which will have fun and activities for all ages.  Come walk on the new path and connect with your neighbors.

 Starting in 2016, Seattle Parks and Recreation launched the Greenways Initiative in 2017. The initiative funds projects and programs to connect, enhance and activate links from Neighborhood Greenways to Parks by improving access and amenities for pedestrians and bicycles.

The Greenways Initiative just completed its second project, the Rainier Beach Playfield Path upgrades project. This project made improvements to the pathway along Dunlap School and installed a new pathway between the baseball and soccer fields. The new paths replaced the deteriorating pathway, improved access to and from the park and improved accessibility. The project is a joint effort with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Safe Routes to School program.

 For more information about the initiative please visit www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/greenways-initiative. If you have questions, please contact Greenways Initiative Activation Manager, Frank Cammarano at Frank.Cammarano@seattle.gov or 206-331-0950.

 

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Community invited to celebrate reopening of Rainier Beach Playfield play area

The Rainier Beach Playfield play area opens to the public with a celebration on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from noon to 2 p.m.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is collaborating with local schools to celebrate the renovated play area and the end of school year. The play area is located between Rainier Beach Community Center and K-8 South Shore School at 8802 Rainier Ave. S. Thank you to Full Tilt Ice Cream for its contribution to the event.

The renovated play area offers one of Seattle Parks’ longest ziplines and great new climbing structures.The play area renovation includes new play equipment, improved safety surfacing, better accessibility and site amenities.

This project also constructs four new tennis courts, adds new energy efficient lighting, and provides ADA access for tennis users. The tennis courts will be completed by the end of June.  Seattle Parks regularly evaluates tennis courts using a number of factors such as condition, number of courts, location, budget and more to determine what courts should have priority for renovation or replacement. Rainier Beach was selected based on these factors for full reconstruction.

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy funded the renovation of the play area and tennis courts. Seattle voters passed the Levy by a 59% vote in November 2008. The $146 million Levy provided acquisition funding for new neighborhood parks and green spaces and development funding for projects such as improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, renovated playgrounds, community gardens, and safety upgrades at city-owned cultural facilities.

For more information about this event please contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/rainier_beach_pf/

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