Rainier Beach is located in the southern port of Seattle, Washington, along the shore of Lake Washington. The area is a group of neighborhoods that span the area between Beacon Hill and Lake Washington, South Bangor Street and the southern city limits of Seattle. This area of single-family homes was originally settled by the Lake People tribe, part of the Salish Nation. Their main trail to their village became the main route through this area: Rainier Avenue South. This street is aptly named because on a clear day, Mount Rainier appears to lie at its feet.
Rainier Beach is home to the first public kindergarten in Seattle. Originally housed in the Emerson School in 1914, the building still remains as a historic landmark. Another historic building, the Seattle Fire Department Firehouse Number 33 also remains from that period. The fire engine was drawn by a horse carriage in 1914 when the building was in use.
Many parks dot Lake Washington’s shores and the valley, including Lakeridge Park, and the Atlantic City Boat Ramp. Kubota Garden Park houses the Japanese gardens of Jujitaro Kubota, who was later interned during World War II. Mapes Creek Park is a 17-acre natural area in a ravine that is the headwaters of the creek. Residents commute up Rainier Avenue South or Lake Washington Boulevard, which is also a popular trail for bikers and joggers. The neighborhood is served by Sound Transits Light Rail Station. The Rainier Beach Station connects to SeaTac airport, as well as to downtown.