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Thursday, June 20, 2024 | Vol. IX | Issue 25

Cover for June 20 edition of This Week in Renton

School is out, the sun is coming, and Henry Moses Aquatic Center opens its doors on Saturday, June 22. Join the city’s Parks and Recreation Department all summer for open swim sessions daily from 12 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

Take advantage of several summer amenities and pool activities, including lap swim sessions, water walking, a lazy river, waterslides, and more.

Check out the Shark Bites Cafe concession stand for swim gear and snacks or rent a party tent for an upcoming birthday bash.  

This year, the aquatic center is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Join a special celebration in July. Look out for a save-the-date invitation to commemorate 20 years of greatness.

The last day at the aquatic center is September 2, and the season will end with a furry and fun splash at the annual Pooch Plunge on September 7 and 8.

For the full schedule and to secure reservations, visit

Juneteenth Proclamation

Celebrating African American freedom and cultural heritage: Juneteenth 2024 in Renton

Juneteenth commemorates the historical significance of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and the enduring resilience of enslaved individuals, particularly in Texas, who awaited liberation until June 19, 1865.

Despite over 156 years passing since the official end of chattel slavery, our dedication to eradicating discriminatory systems and ensuring justice for all remains resolute. The Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was officially enacted in June 2021, establishing the day as a federal holiday.

On Monday evening, Mayor Armondo Pavone officially designated June 19 as Juneteenth in Renton. Danielle Smith, Renton Chamber of Commerce Board Chair and Café de la Loba business owner, accepted the proclamation.

“It was Saturday, June 19, 2021, when we joined the city's Juneteenth celebration at the Renton Chamber of Commerce. As a business owner, what I saw was community gathered together uplifting African American art, culture, and community. That is when I knew this is where I wanted to plant my roots. Now here we are, three years later, and honestly, I don't think I could imagine this moment in my wildest dreams, and yet I find it fitting. I am grateful that Renton is the place that nurtured me and grew me up as a leader, and I am thankful that this community has guided me toward servant leadership and allowed me to help shape our community to be more equitable and inclusive. Moreover, I think of the legacy that I am a part of in my own family. I think about my grandparents and other loved ones who have passed on, but if they were here to witness this moment, how proud they would be of me right now.” - Dani Smith.

Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and cultural heritage, and is also as a time for unity, reflection, and the promotion of inclusivity.

In the weekend leading up to Juneteenth, many gathered for a celebratory event at Liberty Park on Saturday. The Renton King County Alliance for Justice and Elevate PR Management hosted the event with the support of the city.

We encourage everyone to take the time to both celebrate and educate themselves on the significance of Juneteenth and what it signifies for the future.


City website navigation

Effortlessly find important information: Shape the city's new website navigation

The city's top priority in launching a new website is to provide residents with easy and quick access to important information. To those who participated in the recent website survey, the feedback is invaluable in shaping the changes that will best meet the needs of residents and support the community.

To enhance the website experience, the Communications & Engagement Division seeks additional participation in a navigation test to ensure information is easily accessible.

Please take a few minutes to participate in this short survey before Monday, June 24. The survey should take about ten minutes and can be accessed here.

The feedback and participation is very appreciated. Many thanks for contributing to Renton's future!


Nominate a Renton small business

Shine a spotlight on Renton’s favorite businesses!

Passionate about a local gem in Renton that should be celebrated? Now is the perfect opportunity to show them some love through the King County Small Business Awards. Nominate one or many favorite Renton businesses by June 30.

Nomination categories include:

  • Small Business of the Year
  • Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year
  • Workforce Development Small Business of the Year
  • Rural Small Business of the Year
  • Creative Economy Small Business of the Year

Let's illuminate the outstanding businesses that are the heartbeat of Renton! Take action now and submit your nominations to help us elevate Renton on the map of excellence.

Nominate here!


Summer Meals Program

The Summer Meals Program starts June 24

As the 2023-2024 school year draws to a close, it is important to remember that for many kids, schools are essential for daily necessities like breakfast and lunch. To address this need, the city's Parks and Recreation Department partners with the Renton School District each summer to offer free snacks, lunch, and activities for children aged 1-18 as part of the Summer Meals Program.

The program will be available at various parks, schools, and apartments throughout Renton and Skyway. No registration is required, but meals must be consumed on-site. Meals are served Monday through Friday unless otherwise specified, and no meals will be served on July 4 and 5.

The first lunch will be held on Monday, June 24, at Liberty Park, 1101 Bronson Way N., from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

For more information about the locations and hours, visit


Renton Farmers Market Kids Day

Summer fun at Renton Farmers Market Kids Day: Gwendolyn the Cow, free books, and exciting activities await!

On Tuesday, June 25, the Renton Farmers Market is hosting Kids Day to celebrate the end of the school year.

Enjoy exciting attractions, including Gwendolyn the Cow, Lions Giving Library's free books, POP Club activities, and the Kid's Passport Program kickoff for ages five and up. The Kids Patch will provide playdough for little ones to enjoy and KCLS Library2Go! Van is sponsoring musical entertainer Ian Dobson from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Every Tuesday through September 24, come to the Renton Farmers Market at Piazza Park for fresh produce, crafts, live music, and a kid-friendly atmosphere. Free parking is available one block north of the market in the City Center Parking Garage.

Check out the vendor map to see who will be joining the market next week.  


Graphic: Events and Activities

Renton Farmers Market runs every Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m., June 4 through September 24, Downtown at Piazza Park, 233 Burnett Ave. S.

Renton History Museum has implemented summer hours. The museum will be open Wednesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 11 through August 31.

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park’s swimming beach has been reopened. Check King County for the most up to date information regarding beach status. 

Summer Meals Program, June 24 through August 16, Monday through Friday. Various parks, schools and facilities. Hosted by Renton School District. Free for ages 1 to 18. Full schedule available online. 

June 22 Henry Moses Aquatic Center, 1719 SE Maple Valley Highway.

June 25 – Kids Day at Renton Farmers Market, Piazza Park, 233 Burnett Ave S., 3 to 7 p.m.

July 3 - Free Lunch Pop-Up, Liberty Park, 1101 Bronson Way N., 12 to 1:30 p.m. Hosted by Emergency Feeding Program in partnership with Renton Parks and Recreation Department. 

July 4
– Independence Day, all facilities closed. 

July 8
2024 Family Fun Entertainment Series -  Gansango Music & Dance Company, 11 a.m. Sunset Neighborhood Park, 2680 Sunset Lane NE. Hosted by Renton Parks and Recreation Department partnership with King County Library Systems. Free.

Graphic: News

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Arts in Renton 

City Council (agendas, documents and meeting videos)

Neighborhood Program  

Parks Projects

Pet Microchipping (free for Renton residents)

Rainier Avenue S Phase 4  construction project

Recreation Guide (current classes, activities, leagues & events for May to August)

Report issues via Renton Responds 

Traffic Construction Projects

Mayor's Newsletter wins National NAGC Award

NAGC national first place award

The Mayor's Newsletter has been awarded a 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award for First Place for External Newsletters by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).

The committee looked at submissions from all over the country and judged them on purpose, goals, objectives, target audience, and special factors.

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