Parks and Trails
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 has hired Quiring Monuments, Inc. to install new polished black granite panels, which will replace all existing etched and 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 on the new granite as in their original location. The work is scheduled to take place between April 8 - 30, 2014, and the capital expenditure has been approved by the City Council.
On an annual basis, the plaques are engraved on-site. The City notifies applicants by postcard once the plaque has been engraved.
Applications are available online or you may call 425-430-6600 to have an application mailed to you.
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’s has implemented a comprehensive program to enhance overall safety in its trails.
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.
Meadow Crest Playground
The Meadow Crest Playground is a joint effort of the City of Renton, the Renton School District and many community funding partners and individual contributions. The accessible playground is being designed for all ages and abilities. It will share property between the Meadow Crest Early Learning Center (formerly Hillcrest Early Childhood Learning Center) and the North Highlands Neighborhood Center. Construction will run from June to October 2013. Read more.
Email the Parks and Golf Course Director