Community Open Space Analysis

In recent years, a significant number of planning studies on White Center have been completed which provide general background information and analysis (see Resources). In order not to duplicate the existing information, the analysis of open space issues and opportunities here focuses directly on the different types of open space currently and potentially available in the area with the goal of addressing a variety of uses by different social and cultural groups in the area. The different types of open space range from the more formal parks and trails to “unconventional sites.” Please click on the following titles to download different sections of the analysis.

Parks and Trails (1.9 MB) – There is a significant number of existing parks and trails in the area. However, they do not necessarily meet the needs of the community. This analysis examines the context, gaps, demographics, land use, existing programming, precedents of parks at different scales, access to the existing parks. A summary and a set of recommendations are also included.

Wetland & Habitats (1.5 MB) – The topography and land use patterns in White Center create pockets of urban wildlife habitats with potential for further improvements (and funding). This analysis examines the watershed history and hydrology, current conditions of existing sites, and precedents of restoration.

Streetscape & Walkability (6.4 MB) – Focusing on the issue of walkability, this analysis examines the conditions of existing streets and offers proposed short-term solutions. Making streets more walkable in White Center can make existing parks more accessible and encourage residents to shop at the local stores and engage in more physical activities.

Co-locations (schools, playfields and civic spaces) (5.2 MB) – By collaborating with local schools and civic organizations, local communities can have access to more open spaces in the community with opportunities for innovative programming. This analysis focuses on case studies of shared use, matrix of school amenities, locations and gap analysis of existing schools.

Unconventional Sites (3.2 MB) – Community events and activities are an important part of revitalizing the community. These activities can take place in currently vacant or temporarily unused sites. This analysis examines the existing condition of vacant lots and parking lots, as well as precedents for use and programming.

Combined Opportunity Map (420 KB) – Based on the above analysis, this composite map provides a comprehensive picture of open space opportunities in White Center.

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