Parks Planning and Natural Resources

Contact Information
Leslie Betlach, Director
Parks Planning & Natural Resources
Renton, WA 98057

Renton's Parks Planning and Natural Resources division provides a comprehensive and interrelated system of parks, recreation, open spaces and trails that responds to locally-based needs, values and conditions.

The goal is to provide an appealing and harmonious environment, to protect the integrity and quality of the surrounding natural systems, and create a sustainable and exemplary urban forest.

Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas Plan

The Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas Plan was developed through the active participation of more than 1,500 people, including Renton residents, businesses, interest groups, focus groups, stakeholders, park users, city staff and public and non-profit agency representatives.

The planning process included use of many different types of public involvement activities to ensure that different cultural groups, ages and interests all provided valuable feedback. The Visioning Workshop, project website and email blasts, focus group meetings, community workshops, community-wide questionnaire and telephone survey all aided in the development of this Plan. The layering of results and the analysis of key themes ensures that this plan reflects the diverse priorities and interests of the Renton community.

  1. Executive Summary

  2. Introduction

  3. Chapter 1

  4. Chapter 2

  5. Chapter 3

  6. Chapter 4

  7. Chapter 5

  8. Chapter 6

  9. Chapter 7

  10. Appendices

Trails and Bicycle Master Plan

The City of Renton is updating their Trails and Bicycle Master Plan.

Cedar River Knotweed control

Knotweed, an invasive plant, has degraded soils and wildlife habitat along the Cedar River. It forms thick stands of bamboo-like stalks containing large heart-like shaped leaves that out-competes native vegetation.

Through a grant from the King Conservation District, Forterra NW, a conservation organization, and Renton have partnered over the past several years in managing knotweed. More than 11,000 native trees and shrubs will be planted on public and private lands during 2017 and 2018 where knotweed has been eliminated.

For further information, please contact the Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Manager at 425-430-6600 or by email.

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