OR - Bond funding transforms city parks

Our Renton - Bond funding transforms city parks
Posted on 05/06/2022
Coulon. Park New North Trestle Bridge

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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.

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