HistoryIn the early days, the landscape here was ideal for farming, hunting, and logging. Developers recognized a good thing when the saw it and cleared land for houses. In fact, the same man that put Green Lake on the map also had a hand in luring people to Rainier Beach. He created Atlantic City Park, now known as Beer Sheva Park. Rail lines connecting Seattle to Renton also helped draw people into the area. During World War II, housing developments were made to accommodate war workers, and after the war these became low-income residences. In the years that followed the war, crime rates rose and people left the neighborhood. Towards the end of the century, however, new houses were built, and those who were looking for affordable options moved in. Since then, the neighborhood has seen growth and prosperity.
VibeA peek at the calendar of events on the Rainier Valley Post Blog shows that this is an organized community who takes great pride in the diversity of the neighborhood. To name a few popular events: International Music and Arts Festival, Big Day of Play, community clean-up days, and the Summer Streets Block Party and Heritage Parade. So even though the residential area is on the quiet side, it’s clear that Rainier Beach can be a place to be out and about, too.
Activities and AttractionsThe best attractions here involve nature’s splendor. Beer Shiva Park and Pritchard Island Beach fuse together and provide two great sunbathing sites. Farther south is Lakeridge Park, a 35 acre wooded area with flowing water, hiking trails, and shade galore. At the top of the hill in the center of Rainier Beach lies the Kubota Garden, a historical site and magnificent display of landscape architecture. Paths meander amongst native plants, crossing over small streams with footbridges or stepping stones.
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