Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway

Updated: May 22, 2024

What's Happening Now?

Newly installed stop sign at S Della St and Cheasty Blvd SWe are excited to announce that construction is underway on the S Walden St & John Muir Elementary Neighborhood Greenway Connection to the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway.

This connection on S Della St between Cheasty Blvd S and 27th Ave S continuing onto S Walden St until it reaches 34th Ave S and S Horton St will include stop signs at each residential street intersecting the greenway and new speed humps along the route.

Last week, the new stop sign and asphalt curb bulb were installed at S Della St and Cheasty Blvd S, along with new speed humps along the route. Next steps for construction will include an additional painted curb bulb, pavement markings, and new wayfinding signage.

This extension connects John Muir Elementary to the broader bicycle network and other community destinations through the existing Neighborhood Greenway and Healthy Street running on nearby streets. We will be installing the Neighborhood Greenway starting this spring and finishing in 2024.

What To Expect During Construction?

There will be “no parking” signs along this street due to construction of speed humps and staging. Please move your vehicles during the “no parking” timeframes, otherwise they will be towed.

Newly installed speed humps by John Muir Elementary School

Photo of newly installed speed humps by John Muir Elementary School

Current Project Map

The S Walden St & John Muir Elementary Neighborhood Greenway provides safer, calmer neighborhood connections for people walking, biking, and rolling. This neighborhood greenway connects John Muir Elementary to the broader neighborhood greenway network and other community destinations. It is also one of several projects planned inside the John Muir Home Zone.

John Muir Elementary Neighborhood Greenway Project Map

Project Background

The Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway is a route over six miles long stretching 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. 

Map of the North Section Route of the Greenway:

Map showing an orange line that is the north end connection of this greenway

More about neighborhood greenways

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

Visit our neighborhood greenways home page or a language to learn more about neighborhood greenways.

Art along the route

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


  • Spring 2024: Construction begins on S Walden St & John Muir Elementary Neighborhood Greenway Connection
  • 2018/2019: Curb ramps installed along microsurfaced streets
  • Late summer 2017 to summer 2018: Neighborhood greenway construction - phase 1
  • Spring/Summer 2017: Filled potholes and patched streets to prepare for microsurfacing; and tree pruning along whole neighborhood greenway route
  • July 2023: Neighborhood Greenway construction begins, North Section


Construction materials

Design materials

Event materials


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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