Current Projects

Contact Information
Erica Schmitz, Director
Parks Planning and Natural Resources
Renton, WA 98057
Coulon Trestle BridgeCoulon Park North WaterwalkPhilip Arnold ParkKiwanis Park

Coulon Trestle Bridge Replacement

Coulon Park North Waterwalk Replacement

Philip Arnold Park Improvements

Kiwanis Park Master Plan

 

The Parks Planning and Natural Resources Division plans for and executes major park improvement projects to preserve and enhance Renton’s park system for the current population and future generations. Click on the tabs below to see details for current projects.

Coulon Park Trestle Bridge Replacement (October 2022-March 2023)

Photo of the new trestle bridge at Coulon Park

The project replaces the Trestle Bridge located just north of the north restrooms and Sailing Center in Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Replacing the bridge is critical to maintaining the park's much-loved pedestrian trail and connection within the park. The new clear-span steel bridge will provide a new viewpoint along the pedestrian trail and will include interpretive signage. The project will remove all 58 existing in-water piles and include new light penetrating decking, both to enhance fish habitat.

Replacing the bridge will require closing the North end of Coulon Park, from the North turn around to the North pedestrian gate. The closure is required because emergency vehicles will be unable to access this portion of the park while the bridge is removed and replaced.

The construction contract was awarded to American Construction Company, Inc. Funding for the project includes 2019 Renton Park Bond funds, a Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Award by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, 2019 King County Proposition No. 1 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Levy funding and local funding.

Intermediate repairs were completed in 2019 and have extended the life of the bridge for three years. The most recent structural assessment indicated that replacement is required for park patron safety and maintenance access to the north end of the park. Investment in Coulon Park, including major replacements such as the Trestle Bridge, is in the top five city-wide priorities in the 2020 Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas Plan.

The exact beginning date for construction and closures at Coulon Park is not yet available but is expected to be in the latter portion of October. Specific dates will be shared as soon as they are available.

Please contact Alan J. Wyatt at 425-430-6571 or [email protected] with any questions.

Coulon Park North Water Walk Improvements (October 2022-September 2023)

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park North WaterwalkThis project preserves and enhances the existing water walk structure at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park by completing the elements listed below.

Making these repairs will require closing the north water walk structure, day moorage/finger piers, and picnic floats.

  • Replacing the existing concrete deck panels with 60% light penetrating fiberglass grating and concrete panels to match the newer deck at Ivar’s and improve fish habitat.

  • Wrapping the existing piles supporting the structure to increase longevity

  • New steel framing.

  • All timber components will be replaced with plastic timber.

  • Repainting existing light poles and guardrails.

  • Repainting the existing Pilot House.

  • New fiberglass picnic float grating.

  • Refurbished picnic float benches and tables.

  • All work will meet local, state, and federal regulatory requirements and requirements established in the State Department of Natural Resources Lease Agreement.

Funding for the project includes 2019 Renton Park Bond funds, the Taxpayers of Washington through a Direct Legislative Appropriation Grant, a King County Parks Capital and Open Space Grant, 2019 King County Proposition No. 1 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Levy funding, and local funding.

The exact beginning date for construction and closures at Coulon Park is not yet available but is expected to be in the latter portion of October. Specific dates will be shared as soon as they are available.

Please contact Betsy Severtsen at [email protected] or 425-757-6657 with any questions.

Kiwanis Park Site Improvements (April 2022 to early 2023)

Drawing of the Kiwanis Park Master Plan

Built in the 1960s, Kiwanis Park is now over 60 years old and shows signs of aging and is in need of accessibility improvements. The park is currently closed for construction.

Major site improvements for the park include:

  • Accessible entrances and looped walkway

  • Playground replacement

  • Parking renovation

  • Activity building demolition

  • New picnic shelter and paved parent plaza

  • Portland Loo restroom

  • Basketball/sports court renovation

  • Ball field improvements with a synthetic all-weather surface infield and natural turf multi-purpose field

  • Ball field backstop updates with covered dugouts

  • New park signs

CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) standards was used throughout the design process.

The construction contract was awarded to Terra Dynamics, Inc. Funding for the project includes 2019 Renton Parks Bond funds, Parks Impact Mitigation Fees, 2019 King County Proposition No. 1 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Levy funding, and local funding.

Construction is currently underway at the park. Completion is scheduled for early 2023.

Please contact Alan J. Wyatt at 425-430-6571 or [email protected] with any questions.

Philip Arnold Park Improvements (October 2022-June 2023)

Philip Arnold Park

Built in the 1960s, Philip Arnold Park is now over 60 years old and shows signs of aging and is in need of accessibility improvements.

The park will be closed during construction.

Major site improvements for the park include:

  • Accessible looped walkway and boardwalk

  • Playground replacement

  • Parking renovation

  • Activity building demolition

  • New picnic shelters and paved parent plaza

  • Portland Loo restroom

  • Basketball court renovation

  • Improved drainage and stormwater management

  • New park signs

CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) standards was used throughout the design process.

The construction contract was awarded to Active Construction Inc. Funding for the project includes 2019 Renton Parks Bond funds, Parks Impact Mitigation Fees, 2019 King County Proposition No. 1 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Levy funding, and local funding.

Construction is expected to begin in October. Completion is scheduled by June 2023.

Please contact Betsy Severtsen at [email protected] or 425-757-6657 with any questions.

 

Playground Safety

Since 2018, the city has replaced playgrounds at at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, Liberty Park, Thomas Teasdale Park, Cedar River Trail Park, and Tiffany Park. We have also added a new playground at Sunset Neighborhood Park.

Over the next six years, more playground replacements are scheduled, including Cascade Park and Kennydale Beach Park in 2022. All these projects are funded through the Capital Improvement Program.

These new playgrounds incorporate different equipment to create a unique play experience. Age- and skill-appropriate equipment is chosen for children based on two age groups: 2-5 years and 5-12 years. The safety surfaces utilized are one of two types, either Engineered Wood Fiber or poured-in-place rubberized surfacing. The selected surfacing depends on existing site conditions and budget. All of our playgrounds have ADA-accessible components.

Typically, a playground will last 15 years.

Play equipment selection, layout and installation, and safety surface selection are thoroughly reviewed. Each playground strictly meets the latest Consumer Product Safety Council (CPSC) and American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) certification for playground safety conformance.

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