North Rainier Landbanked Site Park Development

Updated: February 2, 2024

Early 2024

The park construction is well underway! The initial soil and knotweed removal is complete and WS Contractors is wrapping up installation of the underground utilities necessary to support the future park functions. The neighborhood will start to see significant progress as the new park features are installed. The project is on schedule to be open this summer. Please check back for construction updates and an opening event as we get closer to completion

Seattle Parks and Recreation would like to thank the community for their patience as we acquired 1.2 acres of land to create a large urban village park for the high-density neighborhood and for their participation in the design process. W.S.Contractors has begun to mobilize at the site, S. Charlestown Street between 34th and 35th Avenues S, just north of Safeway. The initial phase of construction will consist of removing the invasive Knotweed and contaminated site soil, which is projected to take two months. We anticipate completing the new multi-generational park in late summer 2024.   

Spring 2023

We obtained our revised SDOT Street Improvement Permit and SDCI Construction Permit and grant documents to incorporate the basic redesign/expansion that includes the second new parcel. In partnership with SDOT, we received confirmation that SDOT will install a crosswalk at 35th Ave S and S Charlestown St at the conclusion of construction. Final Permits and grant contracts have been obtained and we are in the process of advertising the project to secure a contractor for construction. Given the amount of earthwork, construction is planned for a summer 2023 start during the standard grading season with park completion summer 2024.  

Survey (Closed)

We previously collected textile and fabric designs to represent the diverse cultures and heritages of this neighborhood for the park artwork theme: Fabric of Community. In March 2022 we conducted a follow-up survey to select two additional designs submitted by the community that resonate with you. The selection of the community-submitted fabric designs will be combined with designs in the original survey.
Thumbnail photo of additional designs submitted by the community and included in the new March 2022 survey.

Winter 2021/2022

Seattle Parks and Recreation applied for several grants to help fund this park development and we are awaiting final grant award letters. In Fall 2021 we purchased another adjacent parcel in the Rainier Valley (3638 34th Ave S), expanding the size of the future park to be over an acre. This new park increases equitable access to parks for all. With this expansion and grant funding, we are working to update our construction permits in order to expand the park development to include the new parcel. A park naming process will be announced and construction is scheduled to start summer 2022 contingent upon receiving permits and grant contracts.

Aerial view map of future park area (green) and added red area parcel at 3638 34th Ave S.

Street level photo of cleared and hydroseeded parcel at 3638 34th Avenue South.

Summer 2021

Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Department of Transportation would like to thank the community for sharing feedback on textile and fabric designs to represent the diverse cultures and heritages of this neighborhood in the park and street design. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fabric of Community survey that is now closed. We received 66 combined online and paper responses last summer, including several submissions for new fabric samples. Some submissions were received during our open house informational event, in the Safeway parking lot across from the future park on August 19, 2020, where we enjoyed conversations with at least 35 neighbors.

staff at outdoor open house in parking lot

Seattle Parks and Recreation will send a final follow-up request for input including the new fabric samples. The ones with the most positive feedback will be incorporated into the park and street design. There will also be an opportunity to be involved in the park naming process in the coming months. The building demolition work is complete and park development work is scheduled to begin in Spring 2022 (pending final grant awards in Fall 2021).


Thank you to everyone who attended the final Open House in September. See the presentation and notes from the event below.


The project has grown from what was originally planned and we will now be doing some fundraising into the spring of next year to enable the entire development including some sidewalk improvements. Seattle Parks and Recreation finalized the acquisition of a final parcel in the southwest corner for the future park. Acquisition of this 6,617 square-foot lot creates a total park size of almost one acre, creating a significant new neighborhood park consistent with the community's expressed interests. Please see aerial context map here and the updated schedule for the park below. Download the September 2017 presentation to the Seattle Design Commission for comprehensive information on the project.


The next step is to move forward with the already-underway planning and design process, which will incorporate the new corner parcel. Thank you to everyone who joined Seattle Parks and Recreation's Planner and Project Manager and Cascade Design Collaborative's designers, at the September 2017 Rainier Court Festival. We appreciate the input and ideas you brought to the booth for this exciting new park development. The event was made possible through a partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), South East Effective Development (SEED) and Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG).

Thank you to everyone who attended the April 5, 2017 meeting and open house. Information from the meeting can be found below.

We originally acquired two parcels to provide more open space for the North Rainier community, the first parcel purchased in 2011 and another in 2016. The design goal was to incorporate accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide access to open space within this high-density urban village. Impervious surfacing shall be limited to 15% or less, excluding trail and circulation surfaces.

The Seattle Park District provides funding to develop this property into a park. Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with the community on the design and encourage community participation. Please watch this site for upcoming public meetings and please contact the project planner with any questions or concerns about this new community space.


S Charlestown Street between 34th and 35th Avenues S


$2,865,456 provided from the Seattle Park District for planning, design, and construction. The project was on hold pending award of an additional $1,460,000 from grants expected in summer 2022 and revised permits, before proceeding to the next step of construction for the full park development.


Planning: Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Concept Design: Spring - Fall 2017
Fundraising: Winter 2017/18 - Spring 2019
Additional Parcel Acquired: Spring 2019
Re-Design: Spring 2019 - Summer 2020
Additional Parcel Acquired: Fall 2021
Revised Design/Permits: Fall 2021 - Summer 2022
Grant Contract Executed: Fall 2022
Construction: Summer 2023 - Summer 2024
Completion: Late Summer 2024

Project Description

This Seattle Park District project will create a new neighborhood park for the North Rainier Community. The project will develop the open space acquired by Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) with the first parcel being purchased in 2011 and the most recent in 2016 and a final parcel in 2019. The design will incorporate accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as SPR's intent to create access to open space in areas of high urban density. Impervious surfacing shall be limited to 15% or less, excluding trail and circulation surfaces.

In late 2011 Parks finalized the purchase of a 0.15-acre (6,650 sq.ft.) property, located at the northwest corner of 35th Avenue S & S Charlestown Street. This was followed by the purchase of an adjacent site at 3655 35th Ave S in 2016 and the final parcel at 3656 34th Ave S in 2019. An opportunity arose for an additional purchase, and in fall of 2021 SPR purchased adjacent property at 3638 34th Ave S, which increases the size of the park by 33%, from 0.9 acre to 1.2 acres. Together these parcels will provide the largest urban village park planned for in the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy provided $24 million for the acquisition of neighborhood parks in up to 20 identified areas throughout the City. The North Rainier Residential Urban Village was included in that list.

Download the Gaps In Open Space Map

Community Participation

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has determined that the project does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) was not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with SPR. This information is available to the public on request. The Determination of Non-Significance was issued January 4, 2021.
Download the DNS document for additional information
View the SEPA Environmental Checklist document here

Public Meeting and Open House 4/5/2017

Community Input Opportunity at Rainier Court Festival 9/16/2017

September 21, 2017 Park Development Presentation to the Seattle Design Commission

Community Input Opportunity and Open House 9/28/2019

October 28, 2019 Presentation to Proview

March 5, 2020 Final Park Development Presentation to Seattle Design Commission

August 19, 2020 Open House

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Chinese Informational Flyer
English Informational Flyer
Oromo Informational Flyer
Somali Informational Flyer
Spanish Informational Flyer
Tigrigna Informational Flyer
Vietnamese Informational Flyer

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