Parks and Trails
Cedar River Trail Trestle Bridge Repairs
The Cedar River Trail at the trestle bridge next to
Maplewood Roadside Park, will be receiving minor repairs from April 13 to May
22, 2015. This historic former railroad structure is over 100 years old, and
receives a structural review every three years. The timber beams will be
trimmed at their ends, and will receive a galvanized cap for weather
protection. The Contractor will be setting up their work area on the outside of
the trestle bridge, and there will be equipment on the trail at times. Please
use caution traversing the trail during this time.
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Tennis Courts to be
The two tennis courts at Coulon Park will be closed from
April 9 to early June for renovation. The existing asphalt surface will be
removed, regraded, and replaced with new asphalt, along with new posts, nets,
and court surfacing. Other courts can be found nearby at Liberty Park or
NOTICE TO PICNIC SHELTER RENTERS:
There will be significant construction at the south entrance to Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park this summer. The work will be done on weekdays during the 2015 summer months. We do not want the construction to impact the arrival of your guests, therefore we suggest that you use the North Entrance to the park off of Lake Washington Boulevard.
Highlands Park Improvements
Highlands Park will soon start seeing some improvements to the park grounds. Starting Monday, March 23, a contractor will be installing electrical conduit for the installation of 18 lights (LED), a vast improvement over the current count of six lights! The work will be finished by mid-May 2015. Please be aware of open trenches near the walkways during daylight hours, which will be backfilled every afternoon.
In April, the existing gravel path along the south edge of the property will be reconstructed as a concrete walkway. This work will take about three weeks.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 425-430-6600.
Please contact Todd Black if you have any questions.
Riverview Park Bridge Has Been Demolished
The Riverview Park bridge has been demolished, cutting off access to the park from the parking lot along the Maple Valley Highway. The bridge will be replaced in July - August 2015 (during the next permitted construction period, or “fish window”). The parking lot is still open. To gain access to Riverview Park, parking is available at Maplewood Roadside Park, about one quarter mile east of Riverview Park parking lot. There is access to the Cedar River Trail at the trestle bridge, and the trail allows for access to Riverview Park. Since water and sewer utilities were carried to the park across the bridge, the restroom facilities are closed at Riverview. A portapotty has been set up on the Cedar River Trail next to the park.
Please contact Todd Black if you have any questions.
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 was designed for all ages and abilities. It shares property between the Meadow Crest Early Learning Center and the North Highlands Neighborhood Center. The playground is open dawn to dusk, seven days a week during summer vacation.” Read more.
Email the Parks and Golf Course Director