Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) in partnership with Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG), Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), and Southeast Economic Development (SEED) invite the North Rainier community to visit us at the Rainier Court Festival, 3621 33rd Ave S., on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 12 pm to 4 pm. Please visit SPR’s staff and Cascade Design Collaborative’s designers at our booth and provide input on design options for the new park. Neighbors of all ages are encouraged to attend and let us know what amenities and park elements are preferred for the neighborhood. Light refreshments and children’s activities will be provided.
SPR purchased multiple parcels near 3655 35th Ave S., located just north of the Safeway parking lot to provide approximately .75 acres of open space for the urban village. The design of the park will incorporate accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide access to open space within this high density urban village. SPR will work with the community on the design and encourages community participation.
“This park will be an important addition to the North Rainier area as a whole and a wonderful complement to the multi-generational Rainier Court community,” said Jay Woolford, executive director of SHAG, which is hosting the meeting and helping support the park concept. “We urge the public to come to the Open House to contribute ideas about how this open space can be most accessible and beneficial to people of all ages.”
Funding for this park project is provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by voters in 2014, this is the first full year of implementation. The Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to tackle the $267 million major maintenance backlog for Seattle Parks and Recreation as well as other facilities including the Aquarium and Zoo. In addition, it will help improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserve the urban forest, perform day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provide more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, support programs for people of all ages and abilities, and acquire and develop new park land.
For more information or for meeting notification translations, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/north-rainier-landbanked-site-park-development. For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations, please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards at 206-233-0063 or Karimah.firstname.lastname@example.org.