Healthy Connected Neighborhoods

The term “healthy connected neighborhoods” is a consolidation of common themes found in the many community vision statements, discussions and plans that have occurred over the last decades.

Goals and objectives that make a community healthy and connected include:

  • Residents have safe and adequate means to connect with their neighbors, schools, community programs, local stores and services.
    • Walkways through parks and commercial areas are lighted and welcoming.
    • Crosswalks are provided to allow easier access to all businesses/services/other neighborhoods.
    • Sidewalks/pathways connecting neighborhoods to schools, businesses and services are complete and usable.
    • Local transit services/stops adequately connect the community neighborhoods to their community commercial and service core.
  • Local community services and activities geared toward youth, seniors or special needs populations are provided.
  • Local ownership and interest in housing, property and home ownership is pursued and commonplace.
  • Community members feel safe and comfortable in their homes, streets and other places they need to go.
  • Community members recognize and avoid problems with residential displacement due to income/affordability issues that can come with new growth and development.
  • Access to healthier food, healthcare and recreation choices are convenient and affordable.
  • Dilapidated or blighted housing, structures and properties are fixed in an equitable, innovative and collaborative way.
  • Structures and land uses that are detrimental to the health and appearance of the community are avoided and removed.

Make your voice heard

  1. In each of the four sections below, please select the three projects that you think are the most important and should be done first.
  2. Then, when you’ve read through all of the projects, go back through and select your favorite two out of all of the projects on this page.

We’ll use the valuable feedback that you give us to help drive the campaign forward, and help build Skyway/West Hill.

Connecting People to Places

 A. Create a pedestrian-friendly environment in the Skyway business district

A. Create a pedestrian-friendly environment in the Skyway business district

Examples include:

  • Continuous sidewalks along Renton Avenue
  • Pathways within commercial properties connecting parking areas and adjacent businesses
  • Crosswalks connecting commercial areas along Renton Avenue
  • Requiring future buildings abut streets and sidewalks for easier pedestrian access (parking in rear of buildings)
  • Increase lighting fixtures along Renton Ave and/or commercial property lines adjoining Skyway Park
  • Provide landscaping within and along commercial property lines

 B. Construct a new formal lighted access point and parking area for Skyway Park from the Skyway business district

B. Construct a new formal lighted access point and parking area for Skyway Park from the Skyway business district

 C. Establish more informal connection pathways between the Park and the business district

C. Establish more informal connection pathways between the Park and the business district

 D. Expand/enhance transit facilities (bus) and alternative vehicle (vans and shuttles) service routes to the business district and the immediate area

D. Expand/enhance transit facilities (bus) and alternative vehicle (vans and shuttles) service routes to the business district and the immediate area

 E. Establish a multi-purpose trail along the City of Seattle transmission lines corridor to connect with Seattle trails and locations

E. Establish a multi-purpose trail along the City of Seattle transmission lines corridor to connect with Seattle trails and locations

 F. Establish a series of bicycle routes within the community and linking existing routes outside the community to regional routes in Renton, Seattle and Tukwila

F. Establish a series of bicycle routes within the community and linking existing routes outside the community to regional routes in Renton, Seattle and Tukwila

Examples include:

  • Improve connection to Beacon Avenue South across Martin Luther King Jr. Way
  • Improve connection to Beacon-Coal Mine Road
  • Establish access to Green River/Duwamish Trail system and Interurban Trail
  • Improve shoulders on Martin Luther King Jr. Way to allow safe bicycle access
  • Establish east-west connection along South Langston Road from South 129th Street at 64th Avenue South or along South 133rd Street - South 132nd Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Way to Renton Avenue South
  • Develop safe crossing facilities to Airport Way and Lake Washington loop

 G. Establish sidewalks and bike lanes to schools from higher-density residential areas

G. Establish sidewalks and bike lanes to schools from higher-density residential areas

 Did we miss something?

Did we miss something?

Local Ownership, Participation, and Pride in the Community

 A. Create a community 'welcoming' and 'marketing' action group

A. Create a community 'welcoming' and 'marketing' action group

Committee activities could include developing a community logo and slogan to create a new, positive, and future-oriented identity for Skyway/West Hill

  • Major entrances to the Skyway/West Hill area and its neighborhoods could be identified and defined with signs, pavement markings and landscaping

 B. Organize events that engage a broad range of community members

B. Organize events that engage a broad range of community members

  • Help connect neighbors, project a positive image, and have fun. Events could include a Jazzfest, Art Walk, multi-cultural gathering, etc.

 C. Coordinate existing community associations, efforts, and activities with each other

C. Coordinate existing community associations, efforts, and activities with each other

This would also include improving community-wide communication and awareness.

 D. Create an action group dedicated to community beautification projects

D. Create an action group dedicated to community beautification projects

This could include pursuing projects along entrances to parking lots and businesses within the Skyway business district with improvements to landscaping, pavement markings, or unique business signage.

 E. Create an action group dedicated to working with local governments (code enforcement)

E. Create an action group dedicated to working with local governments (code enforcement)

Work would be focused on resolving blighted and unhealthy structures, properties, and land uses in the community.

 F. Create an action group dedicated to working with local governments and other community groups to establish a local business incubator(s)

F. Create an action group dedicated to working with local governments and other community groups to establish a local business incubator(s)

 G. Create an action group dedicated to working with local governments and other community groups to establish a Local Improvement District

G. Create an action group dedicated to working with local governments and other community groups to establish a Local Improvement District

A Local Improvement District is a local government financing tool for property owners to invest in building infrastructure and improvements, such as sidewalk or sewer lines, that serve their immediate area.

 H. Did we miss something?

H. Did we miss something?

Community Services and Resources

 A. Establish a space open to the community where service providers can conduct programs geared toward activities to benefit youth, seniors and/or other targeted populations

A. Establish a space open to the community where service providers can conduct programs geared toward activities to benefit youth, seniors and/or other targeted populations

Some recommended services include but are not limited to the following:

  • parent and youth services and counseling
  • education and tutoring programs
  • job training
  • household budgeting and financial advice
  • drug/alcohol counseling
  • mental health counseling
  • child care
  • legal services
  • elderly/handicapped assitance and van service
  • indoor arts and cultural events and community outreach activities

 B. Create an action group dedicated to increasing walking opportunities and access to healthy foods, establish exercise programs and groups

B. Create an action group dedicated to increasing walking opportunities and access to healthy foods, establish exercise programs and groups

 C. Create an action group dedicated to securing local participation in special programs conducted by major area employers, foundations, and local governments

C. Create an action group dedicated to securing local participation in special programs conducted by major area employers, foundations, and local governments

 D. Create a farmers market with a gathering place that stimulates health and local economy

D. Create a farmers market with a gathering place that stimulates health and local economy

 E. Establish/expand P-Patch community gardens and urban farms for use by local residents

E. Establish/expand P-Patch community gardens and urban farms for use by local residents

 F. Create an action group dedicated to enhancing healthy living and stewardship from community members of all ages

F. Create an action group dedicated to enhancing healthy living and stewardship from community members of all ages

 G. Establish a cultural garden with tourist, education and youth activities representing the diversity of the community

G. Establish a cultural garden with tourist, education and youth activities representing the diversity of the community

 H. Create an action group dedicated to coordinating all efforts related to pedestrian and traffic improvements and advocate for traffic control projects where needed

H. Create an action group dedicated to coordinating all efforts related to pedestrian and traffic improvements and advocate for traffic control projects where needed

 I. Establish sports leagues for all age ranges of Skyway/West Hill residents

I. Establish sports leagues for all age ranges of Skyway/West Hill residents

 J. Establish more neighborhood/pocket parks throughout the community

J. Establish more neighborhood/pocket parks throughout the community

 K. Did we miss something?

K. Did we miss something?

Public Safety

 A. Create an action group dedicated to increasing and coordinating neigbhorhood community watch programs

A. Create an action group dedicated to increasing and coordinating neigbhorhood community watch programs

 B. Create an action group dedicated to establishing programs for at-risk youth and individuals as alternatives to criminal and gang activity

B. Create an action group dedicated to establishing programs for at-risk youth and individuals as alternatives to criminal and gang activity

 C. Increase police presence and patrol cars from the King County Sheriff's department

C. Increase police presence and patrol cars from the King County Sheriff's department

 D. Increase safety 'infrastructure' in key public and commercial areas, including area lighting, police call boxes, and security cameras

D. Increase safety 'infrastructure' in key public and commercial areas, including area lighting, police call boxes, and security cameras

 E. Create an action group dedicated to working with the King County Sheriff's department and Prosecuting Attorney's Office to pursue alternative community policing models

E. Create an action group dedicated to working with the King County Sheriff's department and Prosecuting Attorney's Office to pursue alternative community policing models

 F. Did we miss something?

F. Did we miss something?

Your selections

Please pick two from your list of favorites.


 Create a pedestrian-friendly environment in the Skyway business district


 Construct a new formal lighted access point and parking area for Skyway Park from the Skyway business district


 Establish more informal connection pathways between the Park and the business district


 Expand/enhance transit facilities (bus) and alternative vehicle (vans and shuttles) service routes to the business district and the immediate area


 Establish a multi-purpose trail along the City of Seattle transmission lines corridor to connect with Seattle trails and locations


 Establish a series of bicycle routes within the community and linking existing routes outside the community to regional routes in Renton, Seattle and Tukwila


 Establish sidewalks and bike lanes to schools from higher-density residential areas


 User-submitted idea from Connecting People to Places


 Create a community 'welcoming' and 'marketing' action group


 Organize events that engage a broad range of community members


 Coordinate existing community associations, efforts, and activities with each other


 Create an action group dedicated to community beautification projects


 Create an action group dedicated to working with local governments (code enforcement)


 Create an action group dedicated to working with local governments and other community groups to establish a local business incubator(s)


 Create an action group dedicated to working with local governments and other community groups to establish a Local Improvement District


 User-submitted idea from Local Ownership, Participation, and Pride in the Community


 Establish a space open to the community where service providers can conduct programs geared toward activities to benefit youth, seniors and/or other targeted populations


 Create an action group dedicated to increasing walking opportunities and access to healthy foods, establish exercise programs and groups


 Create an action group dedicated to securing local participation in special programs conducted by major area employers, foundations, and local governments


 Create a farmers market with a gathering place that stimulates health and local economy


 Establish/expand P-Patch community gardens and urban farms for use by local residents


 Create an action group dedicated to enhancing healthy living and stewardship from community members of all ages


 Establish a cultural garden with tourist, education and youth activities representing the diversity of the community


 Create an action group dedicated to coordinating all efforts related to pedestrian and traffic improvements and advocate for traffic control projects where needed


 Establish sports leagues for all age ranges of Skyway/West Hill residents


 Establish more neighborhood/pocket parks throughout the community


 User-submitted idea from Community Services and Resources


 Create an action group dedicated to increasing and coordinating neigbhorhood community watch programs


 Create an action group dedicated to establishing programs for at-risk youth and individuals as alternatives to criminal and gang activity


 Increase police presence and patrol cars from the King County Sheriff's department


 Increase safety 'infrastructure' in key public and commercial areas, including area lighting, police call boxes, and security cameras


 Create an action group dedicated to working with the King County Sheriff's department and Prosecuting Attorney's Office to pursue alternative community policing models


 User-submitted idea from Public Safety

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