Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway

Updated July 20, 2023

What's Happening Now?

Construction for Phase 2 of the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway, focusing on the North Section, is underway.

Our planning team worked with community members to determine the best north – south route in Rainier Valley. Hundreds of people gave feedback through public meetings, site visits with community members, an online survey, and direct communication. Based on that input, we selected residential streets that have lower car volumes and speeds, aren’t too steep, and connect people to destinations like schools, libraries, local businesses, community centers, and parks.

Map the North Section Route of the Greenway:

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

Project Overview

The Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway is a route over 6 miles long stretching all the way 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. 

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


  • 2018/2019: Curb ramps installed along microsurfaced streets
  • Late summer 2017 to summer 2018: Neighborhood greenway construction - phase 1
  • Mid-August 2017: Microsurfacing work
  • Mid-May to mid-July 2017: Tree pruning along whole neighborhood greenway route
  • Spring/Summer 2017: Filled potholes and patched streets to prepare for microsurfacing
  • July 2023: Neighborhood Greenway construction begins, North Section


Event materials

Construction materials (2017-2018)

Design materials (2015-2017)


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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