Rainier Community Center Play Area Playground Renovation

Updated: January 2, 2024

January 2024

Based on what we heard from the community, our project team has created the preferred schematic design for the new play area at the Rainier Community Center! Thank you to everyone who shared their input!. We couldn’t have done it without you! 

To learn more, view the proposed design PDF here and watch the online presentation of the Preferred Schematic Design below.

The project team is working towards 60% Design Development. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the progress of the project on this webpage.  


Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S, 98118
(Play Area is behind Community Center)


Real Estate Excise Tax provides $1,780,000 for planning, design and construction.


Planning: Spring 2023 in conjunction with the Genesee Play Area
Design: Summer - Winter 2023
Construction: 2025

Project Description

This project will replace the existing play area located next to Rainier Community Center. This will include the existing play equipment, plaza, shelter, and consideration of different layouts for these elements. Seating walls, picnic tables and other options to provide accessible seating will be studied. This project will also consider evaluating the health of existing trees and consider renovating the plantings between the parking and play area. Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with the neighborhood to create a design that will reflect the cultural aspects of the local community.

All improvements will meet accessibility (including routes to the play area) and stormwater requirements.

The play area will be closed throughout construction.

Community Participation

December Outreach Events

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our information booths at the Columbia City Farmer’s Market (December 9, 2023) and the Columbia City Night Market (December 16, 2023) to learn more about the Preferred Schematic Design for the Rainier Community Center Play Area Renovation Project!  

Community Participation Recap July 2023

Late June 2023, Round #1 Engagement Events (3 dates - 3 locations)

Public Meeting 8/23/2023

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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