The Wildwood Bus Stop was originally constructed in 1910 to be a trolley stop on Rainier Avenue South and South Holden Street. Over the years, people experiencing homelessness, substance abuse or involved in gang activities took over this historic place making it feel dirty and unsafe to local residents waiting to catch the bus.
Emerald City Commons’ (an affordable housing initiative of Urban Impact) Resident Service Coordinator, Danielle Jackson, attended a community meeting in February 2014 about the bus stop’s condition. Danielle scheduled a community cleanup to coincide with Seattle’s annual Bridge to Beach weekend. She asked Gregory Davis, Executive Director of Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition to sponsor her efforts and he said, “Of course.”
Although the day was drizzly, volunteers dove into the beautification process. Over a dozen volunteers—most of whom work or live nearby —cleaned, painted, pulled weeds and picked up trash. Even transient people pitched in to help rake! By the end of the day, weeds had been pulled, needles, condoms and syringes had been thrown away, graffiti painted over, a trash can installed and flowers had been planted outside a nearby business. The community’s efforts not restored what had become an eyesore into an inviting bus stop but also rebuilt a sense of unity and dignity as well.
Danielle Jackson joined Urban Impact in February 2014 as Emerald City Commons’ Resident Services Coordinator. She loves spending time with her family, watching movies, going out to eat, learning graphic design and helping others to pursue their dreams.
A BIG THANKS TO:
- City of Seattle
- Department of Neighborhoods Small Sparks Grant
- Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition
- Urban Impact!
- CHAMPS Resource & Service Center
- Lee Nails
- Rainier Health & Fitness
- Cedarstrand Apartments
- Our many neighbors and volunteers who helped!