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Strategy Design Members:
Ron Angeles
Virgil Domaoan
Lisa Quinn
Laura Raymond Figure 1: Mel Olson Stadium
Tyra Sorensen
Becca Fong
Jessie Trang
Maggie Anderson
Blair Brooke-Weiss
Figure 2: Mt. View Elementary Library
Tacti c Short Ter m Le ad:
Art based WAYF IN DIN G System
(10 sites i n each ne ighborhood)
Encourage active transit through Art-based Wayfinding.
Work with neighborhood based leadership to create and
install art signage at 10 sites in each neighborhood as
indicators of foot & bike pathways through the area

Activate wayfinding routes by creating a system of

community activities and programs
“A Wayfinding system will improve connections in the pedestrian environment.
Wayfinding systems merge directional signage with creativity and visual innovation,
enhance pedestrian circulation, and lend a stronger sense of identity in
-We Create White Center
Neighborhood Action Plan
Increase awareness of
wal ki ng rout es, trail s and bi ke
(Pedest rian and Bicycle Wa yfin din g)

Wayfinding Indicators

Map of White Center Wayfinding Sites

Connecting Des tinat ions
Wayf indin g shoul d di re ct
people to:
 Places with significant pedestrian travel
 Healthy Retail and Restaurants
 Places to bring visibility and awareness
to landmarks
 Places that promote neighborhood
diversity and culture
 Active transit options
(foot and bike ‘ways’)
Strong Chi ldren
Str on g Fam il ies
 Enhance children’s feeling of belonging
 Enhance active transport options for children
 Enhance safe routes to schools
 Encourages children to be active
 Building leadership skills
 Supports youth skills
 Job creation
Encourage resi dent
leadershi p and
invol vement
 Work with community groups, businesses, schools
and organizations to lead development and
creation of the wayfinding installations in their
 Installations will represent the cultural and
community characteristics of the neighborhood

 Promote residents and

community members
getting involved in future
neighborhood revitalizing
and community development

Figure: 2008 White Center Community Summit

“Celebrating the Community the White Center Way

 Creates an intentional system of active

transportation routes that connects
community destinations
 Community-based advocacy for active
transportation routes
 Develop community leadership and
engagement of underrepresented
communities and residents

 $50,000 from the City of Seattle

Department of Neighborhood Matching
Fund to support a wayfinding system in

 $10,000 from the Washington State Arts

Commission to support a wayfinding
system in White Center
St rengthening our
Co alit ion
 Routes will connect schools,
business districts and
community gathering spaces;
increasing the stakeholders in
this project and future
 Increased use of active
transport routes increases
visibility and demand within
Consid erations
Estimated need over 2 years in
addition to funds already available:
 Structures in Delridge: $46,000
 Structures in White Center: $90,000
 Staffing for community engagement
and activation of the ‘ways’: $150,000
 TOTAL: $274,000.00
Tacti c M edium Term Lead:
Advocate for Systems Change to
provi de equi ty in access to
communi ty fitness progra ms

 Seattle Parks and


 Highline School District

“Pay-for-Play” Program

Figure: Highline School District Athletics

Provi de equity in ac cess to
comm uni ty fitness programs
 Remove/ Reduce financial barriers preventing Delridge and
White Center residents from accessing fitness
programming at Seattle Parks & Recreation and Highline
School District facilities
 Investigate conditions that contribute to inequities in access
with the Seattle Parks& Rec. and School District systems
 Propose an alternative funding structure
 Support and mobilize community advocacy for proposed
systems change
Imp act on
Vu ln erable Ch il dren
 Increased access for low income
children/youth and their families to
community fitness programs
 Increase the range of fitness
activities available to youth and
 Provide environmental
encouragement and support for
engagement in physical activity
Yo uth and comm unit y
le adersh ip &
in vo lve me nt
 Mobilize community members to
advocate for system changes
 Increase diverse resident
participation on Community Center
Advisory Councils
 Take lead in identifying types of
desired fitness resources
 Ensure cultural competence of
fitness offerings
 Create alternative funding sources/structure within
Seattle Parks & Recreation and Highline School District
for increased access to fitness programs
 Build community advocacy for local fitness resource
Dem onstrat ion funding
 W.C.: “Superintendent John Welch is working
with the Highline Schools Foundation for
Excellence to establish a scholarship program.”
 Seattle: A fund for scholarships for general
fitness programming across the city has been
proposed, and is supported by the
Superintendent, but has been put on hold due
to current challenges with the city budget.
St rengthening our
Co alit ion
 Will connect residents to decision makers in
government offices that provide fitness resources
 Will add stakeholders from Seattle Parks & Recreation
and Highline Schools District
Consid erations
Estimated costs:
 Staff to convene workgroup in 1st year
 2nd year may need demonstration funding
 Overcome obstacle for low income families and
children to access fitness programs
 Demonstrate and document demand

Figures: Jack Thompson Sports Camp 2009

Courtesy of the Yes Foundation White Center