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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. 

Riverview Park Bridge (artist's rendering)

Riverview Park Bridge To Be Installed December 11, 2015

Rodarte Construction, Inc. commenced construction of the Riverview Park bridge replacement on July 8, 2015.  The fifty plus year old wood/steel/concrete bridge with its battered wood pilings in the middle of the river was removed last summer, after the City received a $1,067,000 state legislative grant from the Department of Commerce.

Spanning 135 feet in length and 10 feet wide, the new aluminum bridge will provide a safer, more intimate crossing of the Cedar River.  The view from the bridge to the water below will be enhanced with stainless steel cables along the railings, and aluminum mesh grating on the ground plane.

Four new interpretive signs will educate the public about Native American use of the Cedar River, the two dominant salmon species, Chinook and Sockeye, and the Cedar tree which gives the river its name.

The entire bridge will be lifted onto its abutments on December 11, 2015.  A grand opening celebration is scheduled for Spring 2016 .

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Concrete Tile Rehabilitation is Finished!

Work to replace the original 33 year old concrete tile pavers by Kidd Valley Restaurant and the North Shelter is now complete.  A new cast-in-place concrete surface was installed, with a smooth transition to all the adjacent buildings.  The site furnishings (benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains) have been returned, along with new trees in larger tree grates, and new bike racks.  The walkway behind Kidd Valley down to Ivar’s has been reconfigured to meet the current ADA code.

It's a big improvement over the old pavers, and is now part of the beauty of Renton's favorite park for generations to come.

Sunset Neighborhood Park Master Plan Adoption!

The Preliminary Sunset Neighborhood Park Master Plan was presented to, and 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 3.1 acre public 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. The third and final Open House Meeting to present the Preliminary Master Plan for public feedback was held on September 23, 2014. For a summary of the third and final open house meeting, click here. For a summary of the second open house meeting on June 18, 2014, click here and for a summary of the first Open House Meeting on May 1, 2014, click here.

In 2008, the Sunset Area Community Vision was developed by the public and adopted by the Renton City Council. In 2009, the City adopted the Sunset Area Community Investment Strategy.  

In 2011, the Sunset Area Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was completed by the City in partnership with the Renton Housing Authority to plan for the Sunset Area redevelopment. Multiple public and private partnerships have formed to generate investment in facilities and infrastructure that will support a vibrant and highly livable community.

Recent and Upcoming Related Projects
In 2013, the new Meadow Crest Early Learning Center was completed and opened. On May 17, 2014 the new Meadow Crest Playground was dedicated and opened – the first joint development partnership between the Renton School District and the City of Renton. Also in 2014, construction of the new Highlands Library at the corner of Sunset Blvd and NE 10th Street, (adjacent to and south of the future Sunset Neighborhood Park), will begin. In 2014, the Harrington Avenue Green Connection connecting the new Meadow Crest Early Learning Center (north) to the future Sunset Neighborhood Park (south) will be completed. Also in 2015 a Regional Stormwater Facility to be co-located in the future Sunset Neighborhood Park, will be constructed. The balance of the current Sunset Terrace property will be redeveloped for a mix of public, affordable and market-rate housing in the future. In addition, the Renton Housing Authority plans to build additional replacement public housing and new affordable housing adjacent to and nearby in the Sunset Area as additional funding is secured.

 Sunset Area Community Vision
Neighbors and businesses are engaged and involved in the community
Neighborhood places are interconnected and walkable
The neighborhood feels safe and secure
Neighborhood growth and development is managed in a way that preserves the quality of life
The neighborhood is an attractive place to live and conduct business
The neighborhood is affordable to many incomes
The neighborhood celebrates cultural and ethnic diversity

Meadow Crest Playground

Accessible Playground350

The Renton Accessible Playground is a joint effort of the City of Renton, the Renton School District and Renton Rotary. The City is working with and actively seeking additional funding partners. The accessible playground is being designed for all abilities and will be co-located on the North Highlands Neighborhood Center and the Hillcrest Early Childhood Learning Center properties. The playground is open seven days a week, dawn to dusk.  Read more.


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 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.  Read more

Veterans Memorial Park

Renton's Veterans Memorial Park opened in 2003, and offers a unique setting to view and reflect on the names of nearly 2,000 etched marble plaques. Each plaque represents and honors a military veteran who served their country. Each plaque is unique, and deserves to be respected. Every Memorial Day, the City of Renton and local veterans groups provide a stirring ceremony at the Park.

Tiles are engraved on-site on an annual basis depending on the quantity of engravings to be performed.  The City notifies applicants by postcard once the tile has been engraved.

Applications are available online at or you may call 425-430-6600 to have an application mailed to you.

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