Rainier View is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, that is part of the Rainier Beach community. It is located in the southeastern section of Seattle and on the shores of Lake Washington. Rainier View ends where the city of Seattle ends, and begins at South Bangor Street. The area has numerous shops along Rainier Avenue South, the busy commercial street that was once a trail traveled by the People of the Large Lake tribe of the Salish Nation. The Native American tribe gave over their land at the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1853.
In 1917 the water level of Lake Washington was dropped when the Army Corps of Engineers built the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The Canal created locks that opened Lake Washington to further commercial development as the Fremont Cut created an opening from the lake to Puget Sound.
Students attend Rainier Beach High School and Aki Kurose Middle School. The Bush School, a private K-12 school is located nearby. Joggers and bikers enjoy Lake Washington shoreline and parks such as Seward Park with its public swimming beach. Taylor Creek, one of the largest streams in Seattle, runs through Lakeridge Park, and since the restoration of the woods in this area, wildlife and birds are returning.
Rainier Valley is one of the stops on the Sound Transit Link Light Rail Station. Travelers can board the train for either downtown Seattle or go all the way to SeaTac airport. Many buses run on Rainier Avenue South to the downtown corridor as well.