Philip Arnold Park

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Philip Arnold Park is a triangular- shaped 10-acre, neighborhood park nestled between Jones Avenue South and Beacon Way SE, atop historic Renton Hill.

It offers spectacular views of Seattle, the Kent valley, Lake Washington and the Olympic Mountain Range. 

Construction Project

Park Improvements 2022

Philip Arnold Park was identified in the Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas Plan as well as the 2019 $14.5 million Parks Bond as a high priority project for Major Site Improvements. Built in the 1960’s, the park is over 50 years old, and showing signs of its age as well as changing recreational needs.

Major Site Improvements will include:

  • Looped ADA accessible walkways
  • Playground replacement
  • Removal of activity building replaced with parent plaza, shelter and Portland Loo restroom
  • Basketball court renovation and terraced seating
  • Parking lot pavement repairs
  • Park signage
  • Upgraded utility services and improved site drainage/stormwater management

Design work began in February 2020 with construction anticipated to begin in the Fall of 2022 and be completed in mid 2023.

Philip Arnold Park

Philip Arnold Park History

This park is named after fourteen-year-old Philip Keith Arnold, who in December 1948 was accidentally electrocuted while climbing a power pole near the current park property. He was in eighth grade at Renton Junior-Senior High and lived in the neighborhood on Beacon Avenue. He had just been named best Boy Scout in Renton.


  • Sunrise to sunset
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  • Ball field with lights - Reservations
  • Barbeques (available May 1 - Sept 30)
  • Basketball court
  • Benches
  • Bleachers
  • Multi-use field with lights
  • Parking lot (55 stalls, no reserved parking)
  • Play equipment
  • Picnic tables
  • Reservation registrations for Picnic shelters are available for the 2022 season. Philip Arnold picnic shelter will only be available to rent from May to Sept. 4.
  • Restrooms 
  • Swings
  • Tennis courts with lights

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