Parks and Trails
Wild Chinook and other salmon are spawning and laying their eggs in the Cedar River. Please keep dogs away from the river and shorelines to allow the baby salmon to thrive. Though salmon carcasses may smell tasty, eating them can make your animal sick. Please comply with all posted notices along the river.
The Cedar River is a gateway for wild Chinook salmon, a species threatened with extinction in Puget Sound. Chinook and other salmon pass through Lake Washington twice in their lives. As young salmon (called juveniles), they migrate from their natal areas in the Cedar River to Puget Sound, and ultimately the open ocean. Years later, adult salmon return through Lake Washington and travel upstream to their home waters to spawn the next generation. For more information contact Seattle Public Utilities at (206) 733-9421.
Meadow Crest Playground
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 - 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 - weekdays after 4:30 p.m., all day Fridays and weekends, and during school holidays and vacations.
The work will commence the week of March 14, and will be complete by late June 2016.
For more information, please contact Todd Black.
Read more about the Meadow Crest Playground.
Email the Parks and Golf Course Director