Current Projects

Cedar River Trestle BridgeGene Coulon Memorial Beach Park North WaterwalkGene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Trestle BridgeKiwanis Park ADA UpdatesKiwanis Park Playground UpdatePhilip Arnold Park Improvement Project

Cedar River Trestle Bridge

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park North Waterwalk

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Trestle Bridge

Kiwanis Park ADA Updates

Kiwanis Park Playground Update

Philip Arnold Park Improvement Project

 

Many of Renton’s existing parks, recreation, trails and natural area systems were first envisioned as part of the Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas Plan and the Trails and Bicycle Master Plan planning process. These plans provide a framework to guide the city in establishing priorities, making decisions, funding improvements and operations, and ensures the city’s park needs meet current demand and builds capacity for future generations.

Cedar River Trail Trestle Bridge Repair: May-September 2020

Repairs on the Cedar River Trestle Bridge will begin May 11, 2020 and will be completed by early September, 2020.

During this time, both the Maplewood Roadside parking lot, access to the river below the bridge, and a segment of the Cedar River Trail across the bridge will be closed. In addition, due to riverbank erosion following the February Cedar River flood event, there are additional trail revisions between Riverview Park and Cedar River Park.

A detour route will be provided for trail users along the Maple Valley Highway sidewalk, from Riverview Park to a trail connection east of the Maplewood Roadside Park entrance at SE 7th.

Map of Cedar River Trestle detour routes

Structural assessments have identified a number of maintenance issues with the bridge, which this project will repair. Proposed maintenance includes:

  • Repairing timber piles,
  • Replacing timber facing, and
  • Removing debris from the trestle structure

We appreciate cooperation from the public during the maintenance repairs including following detour signs and traffic requirements. This project will ensure the structural integrity of the bridge and continued safety for trail users.

Cedar River Trail Trestle Bridge

Coulon Park Trestle Bridge Replacement: 2020-22

The Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Trestle Bridge Replacement was identified in the 2019 $14.5 million Parks Bond as a high priority project for Major Site Improvements. The pedestrian trestle bridge is over 37 years old and showing signs of its age. 

In 2019, a structural dive and review determined the existing trestle bridge needed replacing.  The replacement bridge will meet environmental regulations. 

Major Site Improvements for the Trestle Bridge will include:

  • Removing existing timber bridge and pilings

  • Replacing bridge with a single-span steel bridge structure

  • Light penetration decking

  • Viewing area with interpretive signage 

Engineering and design work will begin in February 2020 with construction anticipated to begin in late 2021 and be completed in mid-2022.

Gene Coulon Mmeorial Beach Park Trestle Bridge

Coulon Park North Waterwalk Improvements: 2020-22

The Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park North Water Walk Improvements were identified in the 2019 $14.5 million Parks Bond as a high priority project for Park’s Major Site Improvements.  Built in the 1982, the park structure requires modifications to maintain structural integrity, safety and meet requirements of the WA State Department of Natural Resources Lease Agreement.

Major Site Improvements for the North Water Walk include:

  • Replacing concrete decking with new steel framing and 60% light penetration fiberglass decking, similar to the deck around Ivar’s Restaurant

  • Replacing all wood timbers – bull rails and fascia boards with plastic timber

  • Galvanizing existing handrails and repainting light poles

  • Refurbishing picnic floats with new light penetrating fiberglass grating and plastic timber. Refurbishing benches and tables with Alaskan Yellow Cedar to match tables and benches along promenade

  • Repainting Pilot House

Engineering and design work is scheduled from January 2020 through mid-2021 with construction anticipated to begin in mid-2021 through mid-2022.

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park North Waterwalk

Kiwanis Park Site Improvements: 2021

Kiwanis Park, originally known as President’s Park in the early 1960’s, has been included in the Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas Plan as well as identified in the 2019 $14.5 million Parks Bond as a high priority project for major site improvements. The park is over 50 years old and showing signs of age as well changing recreational needs of the community.

Major Site Improvements will include:

  • Playground replacement

  • Removal of activity building replaced with parent plaza, shelter and Portland Loo restroom

  • Ballfield and multi-use field renovation – improved natural turf outfield, synthetic all-weather infield, upgraded field irrigation and drainage, covered dugouts and new back stop

  • Sports court renovation

  • Parking lot pavement replacement

  • Park signage

  • Upgraded utility services and improved site drainage/stormwater management
    Design work will begin in February 2020, construction is anticipated to begin in 2021 and be completed in the late spring of that year.

Kiwanis ADA Walkway

 

Philip Arnold Park Improvements: 2021

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 will begin in February 2020 with construction anticipated to begin in 2021 and be completed in the late fall of that year.

Philip Arnold Park

Coulon Park Playground Replacement 2020-2021

Survey Results: “Option A” Play Equipment Selected

Thank you very much to the 931 community members who responded to the survey to select the new playground design for Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.  Respondents were asked what they liked best about each design as well as for general feedback for the city to consider.  The survey was shared on the city’s social media channels, website, and Our Renton Weekly newsletter and was available for two weeks.

Fifty-three percent (53%) of respondents preferred Option A, while Forty-seven percent (47%) preferred Option B.  The community preferred Option A for its layout, variety, climbing structures, and multi-person and inclusive swings.  As a result, Option A was selected as the design for the play equipment replacement.

Playground design for Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

 

The selected playground design provides many all-abilities components, which include a “we-saw” all-abilities see-saw, an all-abilities group swing and individual inclusive swings, super net-plex and crab trap structures.  

For both the 2-5 and 5-12 age group play areas, the number of transfer-accessible and ground-accessible components significantly exceeds requirements.  The charts below include more detail on the number of accessible components.

2 - 5 Age Group Area

Components Required

 

Components Included

Elevated components accessible by transfer  5    9
Accessible ground-level components  3    12

 

5 - 12 Age Group Area

Components Required

 

Components Included

Elevated components accessible by transfer  10   16
Accessible ground-level components  6    21

Survey Results: Other Comments

One of the top comments received was a request for rubberized poured in place surfacing rather than engineered wood fiber (EWF) safety surfacing.  The existing EWF safety surfacing is proposed to be replaced with new EWF and complies with American Disability Act standards for playground surfacing.  Rubberized surfacing is not possible at Coulon due to the high water table and associated drainage concerns.  However, the new Sunset Neighborhood Park play area will have rubberized safety surfacing, and it is also being evaluated for use at the Liberty Park playground, which is also planned for replacement.

Other common requests included a splash park or spray park.  This amenity is beyond the scope of this playground replacement and the guarded swim beach at Coulon provides the opportunity for water play at the park.  A mist water feature at the new Sunset Neighborhood Park is currently under construction. 

Finally, exercise equipment for adults was frequently requested.  The existing exercise equipment adjacent to the Coulon Park play area is planned for replacement as part of the playground replacement project.

Project Funding and Timeline

As part of the 2019-2021 State Capital Budget, a Direct Appropriation grant was awarded to completely fund Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park Play Equipment Replacement Project.  Receipt of this grant funding allows the City to complete the replacement of the existing 17-year-old play equipment.  The project includes removing and replacing the existing play equipment, safety surfacing, and improving subsurface drainage for the play area.  Construction is planned for this coming fall/winter. 

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