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 If you have questions, please contact Greenways Initiative Activation Manager, Frank Cammarano at or 206-331-0950.


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Mark Your Calendars for Rainier BAAMFest!

BAAMFest is Saturday June 22nd from 11:00 am – 7:00pm! Don’t miss it! 

Rainier Beach Merchants Association will present its 7th Annual Rainier Beach Arts and Music Festival, BAAMFest, on Saturday July 22 from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM. BAAMFest is a WILDLY different, fun, and provocative festival that takes place in Rainier Beach, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the US!

Talent encompassing our region will be represented across four stages with more than 40 performing acts, scores of artists, vendors and community booths. Candidates for public office will also be at BAAMFest, and they will have the opportunity to compete against one another in a poetry slam!

BAAMFest has something for the little ones too! Kids will be thrilled with lots of physical activities and learning opportunities, including Detective Cookie’s Chess Club.


Other features of this year’s BAAMFest include, but are not limited to:

  • Appearances from Seahawks players
  • Traveling African American History Museum
  • US Army Buffalo Soldier’s 10th Calvary re-enactors


The event is held on the campuses of the Rainier Beach Community Center and South Shore School at the intersection of Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street, just 3 blocks east of Link Light Rail and 300 yards from Lake Washington. Major sponsors include the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund, Seattle Parks & Recreation, Safeway, South Seattle Emerald, Rainier Avenue Radio, Life Enrichment Group, Merrill & Merrill Insurance, Dorothy Driver, and Rainier Beach Ready Hub.

The best part of BAAMFest? It’s FREE!



RBMA Business Manager Contact: Phyllis Porter

(206) 822 8253,

BAAMFest Manager Contact: Cindi Laws

(206) 790-4232,



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24th Annual Beacon Hill Festival coming up June 4!

Neighborhood institution features tons of family fun

On Saturday, June 4, Jefferson Community Center presents the 24th Annual Beacon Hill Festival, with fun for everyone in the family in this lively, diverse neighborhood. The festival will take place at Jefferson Park (3801 Beacon Ave. S) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Festival will feature entertainment by local schools and other performers. Festivalgoers will enjoy local food, carnival games, bounce toys, cotton candy, and with any luck, a warm sunny day.

People interested in being vendors, contributing to the silent auction, or volunteering, please call Doreen Deaver at 206-684-7481 or email her at

In conjunction with the festival, Seattle Parks and Recreation will celebrate the launch of a Troops for Fitness grant, a two-year grant program from The Coca-Cola Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), which provides hiring opportunities to military veterans to instruct community fitness and nutrition classes through local park and recreation organizations. The grant celebration will take place at Jefferson Park at 11 a.m.

(Photos from the 2015 Beacon Hill Festival)