Quality of Life: Parks and Amenities
Renton—A Fun Place to Be!
Located on the south shore of Lake Washington, Renton is a lake front city offering spectacular views of the Olympics, the Cascades and Mount Rainier. The Cedar River, which runs through the heart of downtown, also offers an abundance of natural beauty. Renton offers a unique quality of life, a strong sense of community and excellent personal opportunities for businesses and residents. And it's close to everything you need - 10 minutes from downtown Seattle, Bellevue or Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and an easy day trip to Mount Rainier National Park or Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Great Parks and Trails
Renton has an extensive parks, open space and urban trails system that includes 29 developed public parks, the Maplewood Golf Course (an 18-hole, 190-acre, public golf course), 13 miles of trails (including a 4.5 miles paved trail along the Cedar River) and 813 acres of public open space for passive and active recreation. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, a beautiful 55-acre park with nearly 1.5 miles of Lake Washington waterfront, is the most popular City park with 1.5 million visitors each year.
Renton continues to expand its park and recreation system. More recent additions include Ron Regis Sports Park complex, the Cedar River Boathouse on Lake Washington, the Skate Park at Liberty Park , the downtown Piazza park, the Veteran's Memorial Park and the Henry Moses Aquatic Center. Visit the Renton Parks Directory for more information.
In addition, the City has an unique combination of recreational and cultural opportunities and facilities that make Renton a quality community where people choose to live, work and play. The City has a community center, two neighborhood centers, senior center, two King County Library System library branches and a museum. For additional information about recreational activities in Renton, visit the Community Services Department.
The City of Renton is also fortunate to own a significant collection of artwork that is displayed in public buildings and in the many parks and recreational facilities within the City. Many of these artworks have been gifts to the City; others acquired through Renton's 1% for the Art Ordinance.