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Parks and Trails

 NOTICE: 

LOWER CEDAR RIVER TRAIL CLOSED

Due to the seasonally inclement weather from approximately November – February/March and flooding of the lower walk along the Cedar River Trail, the pathway between Bronson Way N and Logan Avenue N is closed during the winter months. The higher-level trail remains open throughout the year. For your safety, please observe all posted signs. 

RIVERVIEW BRIDGE AND PARK

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On September 23, 2016 the Riverview Bridge was dedicated to the residents of the City of Renton by local, County and State officials. Thanks to our state legislators, 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.


Meadow Crest Playground

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Located at 3000 NE 16th Street and next to the North Highlands Neighborhood Center, Meadow Crest Playground is an inclusive playground in a vibrant outdoor setting. People of all ages and abilities can spin on the supernova, swing in the saucer, climb on the caterpillar, then create music on the oversize drums and chimes. In collaboration with the Renton School District, the playground is open to the public Monday-Thursday after 4:30 p.m., all day Friday - Sunday, and during school holidays, vacations and summer vacation; not available for private reservations.

NATURE PLAY AREA: Look for a new Nature Play Area and artistic entry arch – intended to be a quieter space set under towering Douglas fir trees in the northeast corner of the playground. Amenities include 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 – the school entrance gate will remain open for the public during public playground hours.

For more information, please contact Todd Black.


Landowner Collaboration for Knotweed Control along the Cedar River

Starting in late August 2016, 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. 


City of Renton Parks Division

The City of Renton Parks Division maintains 29 developed public parks, 13 miles of trails, 813 acres of public open space, an 18-hole public golf course, two lake-front beaches and a public boat launch. Over the past few years, significant investments have been made in the park system in Renton; the Piazza, Heritage Park, a skateboard facility, and the Veterans' Memorial Park have been completed.  Additionally, the Cedar River Trail extends east to the city limits (and beyond to the City of Maple Valley) and connects to the Cedar River Boathouse on Lake Washington.

The City of Renton has implemented a comprehensive program to enhance overall safety in its trails.

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For more information on rules and trail etiquette.  Click the Share the Trail link to the right.

See the Master Park Directory for a complete list of the parks and trails in Renton.

When using the parks and trails, please be aware of and abide by the Park Rules and Regulations and the Cedar River Trail rules

To find out more information about how parks are maintained, please visit "Integrated Pest Management Program".

Learn about our new volunteer and sponsorship opportunities by going to Adopt a Park, Program or Participant.


 Read more about the Meadow Crest Playground.

Email the Parks and Golf Course Director  

 

 

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 DONATIONS FOR RENTON’S PARK SYSTEM

Your contribution to Renton’s Parks and Trails System, no matter how large or small, will be gratefully received and put to good use.   Your tax deductible gift will help continue to make Renton’s Parks and Trails a wonderful place to recreate.
**All donors, whether through monetary or a “Park Element” contribution over $250, will be recognized on the GROWING TREE, located in the vestibule of the Renton Community Center.**

For more information click on links below.
Donor Recognition and Information
Donation Application
FAQ’s – Park Donation and Memorial Policy
Park Donation and Memorial Policy

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