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Parks Planning and Natural Resources

Mission Statement

Provide a comprehensive and interrelated system of parks, recreation, open spaces and trails that responds to locally-based needs, values and conditions, provides an appealing and harmonious environment, and protects the integrity and quality of the surrounding natural systems; create a sustainable and exemplary urban forest. 

 


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Riverview Park and Bridge
On September 23, 2016, the Riverview Bridge was dedicated to City of Renton residents by local, county, and state officials. Thanks to our state legislators, the voter-approved King County Parks Levy and Renton residents, funding was provided to install a 135-foot single span aluminum bridge and improve habitat at Riverview Park. Bring your families to safely view the beautiful Cedar River below, and interpretive signs that celebrate cultural history and salmon life cycles. Riverview Park is also a great area to picnic and connect with the Cedar River Trail and Natural Zone. For more information see the Master Park Directory.


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Sunset Neighborhood Park

The Sunset Neighborhood Park Master Plan was adopted by the Committee of the Whole on November 3, 2014! The Master Plan represents a nine month collaborative effort between multiple City departments, public and private partners, and the community to provide opportunities for active and healthy lifestyles; environmental sustainability, interpretation and education; area culture and history; and community connections. This future 3.2 acre public Sunset Neighborhood Park will enhance and serve the local residential and business population and will be a place for people to enjoy, relax, contemplate, play, have fun, recreate, experience nature and connect with friends and family. For the complete presentation to the Committee of the Whole, click here.

The proposed park will be located on part of the current Sunset Terrace property after the remaining public housing residents are relocated to other new or existing housing in the future. The park will connect (via sidewalks) to the new Meadow Crest Playground to the north and to the new Highlands Library and existing Sunset Terrace property adjacent to the park, to the south. The park will be located north and east of Sunset Lane and south and west of NE 10th Street. 

Complete presentation
to the Committee of the Whole, 
click here.


Summary of the Open House Meetings:

(1st) May 1, 2014,click here
(2nd) June 18, 2014 click here 
(Final) September 23, 2014, click here.  


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Meadow Crest Playground Information
Hours, Location, Playground Details  - click here

Meadow Crest Playground - New Nature Play Area

Two years after opening, the Meadow Crest Playground will have a new Nature Play Area section added, along with an artistic entry arch. The area is intended to be a quieter space, set under the towering Douglas Fir trees in the northwest corner of the playground. The Nature Play Area will feature a climbable bear cub, balancing logs, a dry stream, small group gathering spaces, butterfly and bird houses, and additional landscaping. The entry arch will feature colorfully painted metal insects, flowers and leaves. The playground will maintain its usual hours during construction, coordinating opening and closing times with the adjacent Meadow Crest Early Learning Center. Some construction access will be through the entrance adjacent to the North Highlands Neighborhood Center, and there will be some periods where this gate will be closed. However, the school entrance gate will remain open for the public during public playground hours (see above).

The work will commence the week of March 14, and will be complete by late June 2016.
For more information, please contact Todd Black


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Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park – Kidd Valley Plaza  

In 2015, the main plaza adjacent to Kidd Valley and the picnic gallery was completely renovated. The 35 year old concrete pavers, which had been unevenly settling over the years, were removed and a solid cast-in-place concrete plaza was laid. The same design and material were used at the North Picnic Shelter plaza nearby. Now the surfaces are smooth and even, and both areas are ready to host events big and small for future generations of visitors. 


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 North Highlands Neighborhood Center Improvements  

The North Highlands Neighborhood Center (NHNC) completed the last of its exterior improvements this past summer. Besides the adjacent Meadow Crest Playground, which opened in 2014, improvements include a refurbished tennis and basketball court, with LED lights for evening use built in 2015, and a repaved and restriped parking lot, and a community garden constructed in 2016.  Come and enjoy the tennis court, which includes pickleball striping, play into the evening, and enjoy easy parking!


Knotweed

Landowner Collaboration for Knotweed Control along the Cedar River

Starting in late August, Parks Maintenance staff and contractor crews will begin treating knotweed along the Cedar River from Ron Regis Park to Interstate 405. Knotweed, an aggressive invasive plant, has degraded soils, and wildlife and fish habitat in recent years. It forms thick stands of bamboo-like stalks containing large heart-like shaped leaves that out-competes native vegetation. The City of Renton is partnering with the King Conservation District, the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, Applied Ecology, and others to eliminate knotweed over the next three years. More than 11,000 native trees and shrubs will be planted by volunteers on both public and private lands beginning in late 2015 and 2016 where knotweed has been eliminated. Treatments this year will be completed by the end of September. Spot treatments will continue in 2015 and 2016 where knotweed has re-grown. The City of Renton was awarded a grant to perform this work from the King Conservation District. For further information, please contact Terry Flatley, Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Manager at tflatley@rentonwa.gov or at 425-430-6600.


Parks, Recreation, and Natural Areas Plan

Adopted Plan  

The Parks, Recreation, and Natural Areas Plan was adopted by the City Council on Monday, November 7, 2011.
Click to see the whole plan. 

Veterans Memorial Park 

Location and information click here