North Rainier Landbanked Site Park Development

Updated: July 11, 2024

Summer 2024

The new park needs a name! Please give us your best suggestion through the following link - North Rainier Park Name Survey.

The park construction is nearing completion! WS Contractors is wrapping up right-of-way improvements, soil installation, plantings, and finishing touches on the new park. The project is on schedule to be open later 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.

North Rainier site in progress


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

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

Open House - 8/19/2020

Amharic Informational Flyer
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Oromo Informational Flyer
Somali Informational Flyer
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Tigrinya Informational Flyer
Vietnamese Informational Flyer

Project Documents:

Parks and Recreation

AP Diaz, Superintendent
Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone: (206) 684-4075
Fax: (206) 615-1813

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