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Our Renton / July 2022

Renton River Days returns

As we move into summer, we ramp up activities and events, including music and concerts in our parks and a return of Renton River Days.

River Days, our annual family festival and community celebration, returns this July 22 and 23. This year’s theme is “On the Road Again.”

Several familiar River Days events and activities are back, and there are new ones too. Here’s a look at the schedule:

  • July 14-24: take a Road Trip around Renton via a self-guided app that includes tiers of engagement and a chance to win prizes.

  • July 22, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m., Piazza Park: enjoy live music and entertainment, Urban Market vendors, a craft beer & wine garden, and food trucks.

  • July 22, dusk: "Encanto," a free family movie, Liberty Park

  • July 23, 10 a.m., S. Third St: parade

  • July 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park: Antique & Classic Boat Show; free boat rides, boater education & safety

  • July 23, 11:30 a.m.– 8:30 p.m., Piazza Park: enjoy live music and entertainment, Urban Market vendors, a craft beer & wine garden, and food trucks

  •  July 23, 4:30 p.m., Houser Street Bridge: launch of rubber ducks into Cedar River from Houser Way pedestrian bridge

Find more information on these events online.

Movies, concerts, and family fun

Parks and Recreation Department’s summer fun is also back with a series of free outdoor movies, concerts, and family fun around the city.

July 11: Cantando y Jugando, Sunset Neighborhood Park, 11:30 a.m.
July 12: The Kennydales, Coulon Park, 7 p.m.
July 19: Gansgango Music & Dance Co., Tiffany Park, 11 a.m.
July 22, “Encanto,” Liberty Park, dusk.
August 1: Amazing Magic Show, Heritage Park, 1 p.m.
August 5: "Jungle Cruise," Kennydale Lions Park, dusk
August 13: "Spider-Man: No Way Home," Piazza Park, dusk
August 26: "Sing2," Thomas Teasdale Park, dusk
August 17: Danny Godinez Group, Sunset Neighborhood Park, 7 p.m.
August 31: Cory Wilds Band, Piazza Park, 7 p.m.

Renton History Museum offers free admission on the first Wednesday of the month. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Their current exhibit is “With This Ring,” a historical look at marriage in Renton.

The popular Renton Farmers Market is held every Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Piazza Park through September 27.

May 2022

Our Renton / May 2022

Graphic: New Trestle Bridge at Coulon Park

New north-end trestle bridge at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

Bond funding transforms city parks

In 2018, Renton City Council established the Community Advisory Committee to ensure our parks meet Renton’s needs. The committee worked to “identify important gaps in Renton’s parks, trails, and community facilities and recommend additional investments.” The committee identified major repairs and renovations to existing parks as the top priority and developed a project list.

So far, the city’s Parks Planning and Natural Resources Division has completed four bond projects. Four more are scheduled for this year.

Work started in April on a complete makeover of 60-year-old Kiwanis Park. New features include ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible walkways and entrances, a new playground, basketball court, ball field with a synthetic all-weather infield, updated backstop, covered dugouts, picnic shelter, paved parent plaza, restroom, and parking lot. The park is currently closed and expected to reopen in December.

Philip Arnold Park will also receive an ADA walkway and boardwalk, picnic shelter, paved parent plaza, basketball court renovation, a new playground for ages 2 to 12, picnic shelter, basketball court renovation, restroom, and improved site drainage and stormwater management. Work will begin after Labor Day, with completion set for early summer 2023.

Two other projects are located at Coulon Park. These projects are critical for the safety and preservation of the walking path and over-water walk.
The first replaces the north-end trestle bridge and removes all in-water pilings. A Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant will help fund the project. Work is expected to start in October, with completion scheduled for March 2023. The project will necessitate closing the north end of the park at the north cul-de-sac.

The second project will replace the north water walk’s concrete deck, wrap existing piles, replace timber components, paint light poles and guardrails, install new lighting, rebuild picnic floats, and refurbish tables and benches. Additional funding comes from a Washington State Direct Legislative appropriation, 2019 King County Proposition 1 Levy, and local funding. Construction is scheduled to start this August and take one year. The north water walk and day moorage will be closed during this time.

Parks Planning and Natural Resources is also completing two playground replacement projects at Kennydale Beach Park (completion scheduled for the end of May) and Cascade Park (scheduled to start in May with completion during the summer). These projects are funded through the Capital Improvements Fund.

You can learn more about these projects and follow their progress online.


Council Chamber update underway

A project to update the audio and visual equipment in the City Council Chamber at City Hall will take live city council meetings off Channel 21 for at least the month of May. It also means the meetings will not be live-streamed on the city’s website.

City Council meetings will be available via Zoom. The city will continue to post meeting videos on our YouTube channel. Instructions can be found at rentonwa.gov/council.

The project will install new software, cameras, microphones, and video displays in the chamber. We are looking to resume live broadcasts of city council meetings on Monday, June 6.


Clean Economy Strategy online Open House, May 25

It’s time to update our 2011 Clean Economy Strategy (CES) – CES 2.0.

Our first CES integrated sustainability objectives into the city’s practices, policies, and investments. The update will build on that foundation to create a plan that reflects the latest science, incorporates recommendations honed through work with dozens of peer cities, is tailored to Renton’s needs, and is shaped by community input.

Once complete, CES 2.0 will serve as a roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance environmental sustainability, and prepare for our changing climate. It’s a year-long, citywide effort encompassing all departments and relying on input from our residents.

Please join us for an online open house via Zoom on May 25, 6 to 8 p.m. For more information and to register, please visit RentonCES.com.

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