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Parks Planning and Natural Resources

Mission StatementMaster Plan

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. 

Sunset Neighborhood Park Open House Meeting #1

Please join in to help develop the master plan for a new neighborhood park to located in the Highlands! This 3.7 acre public park will enhance and serve the local residential and business population and will be a place for you to enjoy, relax, contemplate, play, have fun, recreate, experience nature and connect with friends and family. 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. This will be the first of three Open House Meetings and the City wants your participation:

When: May 1, 2014, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: McKnight Middle School Commons Area
1200 Edmonds Avenue NE
Renton, WA 98056

Light Refreshments will be provided

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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 will be 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

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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 estimated completion date is late 2013.  Read more.

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 to Receive Replacement Plaques

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.

Since the Park opened, maintaining the marble plaques has involved an inordinate amount of care by the city's Parks crews to keep them looking as clean and respectful as possible. Unfortunately, the thin marble material used, along with the concrete grout backing, is impossible to keep pristine, leaving cracked and stained marble.

The city is hiring a contractor  to install new polished black granite panels, which will replace all existing etched or blank marble plaques. This new, thicker material and its attachment to the concrete walls will provide decades of minimally required maintenance. All existing etched plaques will be replicated in the same look and location as they currently reside.

The work is scheduled to take place between April 8 - 30, 2014, and the capital expenditure has been approved by the City Council.

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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