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Parks and Trails

Landowner Collaboration for Knotweed Control along the Cedar River

Starting in late August, Parks Maintenance staff and contractor crews will begin treating knotweed along the Cedar River from Ron Regis Park to Interstate 405. Knotweed, an aggressive invasive plant, has degraded soils, and wildlife and fish habitat in recent years. It forms thick stands of bamboo-like stalks containing large heart-like shaped leaves that out-competes native vegetation. The City of Renton is partnering with the King Conservation District, the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, Applied Ecology, and others to eliminate knotweed over the next three years. More than 11,000 native trees and shrubs will be planted by volunteers on both public and private lands beginning in late 2015 and 2016 where knotweed has been eliminated. Treatments this year will be completed by the end of September. Spot treatments will continue in 2015 and 2016 where knotweed has re-grown. The City of Renton was awarded a grant to perform this work from the King Conservation District. For further information, please contact Terry Flatley, Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Manager at or at 425-430-6600.

Please contact Todd Black if you have any questions. 

Riverview Park Bridge is now Open!

The new, single span, 135 foot long aluminum pedestrian bridge over the Cedar River is now open. It may be accessed from the parking lot off of Maple Valley Highway, or via the Cedar River Trail. The Riverview Park shelter is open for scheduled or non-scheduled use, and the restroom is open too. Come and experience walking across the unique bridge with its aluminum grating deck - you can see the river below your feet! 

Please contact Todd Black if you have any questions.

City of Renton Parks Division maintains 29 developed public parks, 13 miles of trails, 813 acres of public open space, an 18-hole public golf course, two lake-front beaches and a public boat launch. Over the past few years, significant investments have been made in the park system in Renton; the Piazza, Heritage Park, a skateboard facility, and the Veterans' Memorial Park have been completed.  Additionally, the Cedar River Trail extends east to the city limits (and beyond to the City of Maple Valley) and connects to the Cedar River Boathouse on Lake Washington.

The City of Renton’s has implemented a comprehensive program to enhance overall safety in its trails.

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For more information on rules and trail etiquette.  Click the Share the Trail link to the right.

See the Master Park Directory for a complete list of the parks and trails in Renton.

When using the parks and trails, please be aware of and abide by the Park Rules and Regulations and the Cedar River Trail rules.  To find out more information about how parks are maintained, please visit "Integrated Pest Management Program".

Learn about our new volunteer and sponsorship opportunities by going to Adopt a Park, Program or Participant.

Meadow Crest Playground - Nature Play Area

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Two years after opening, the Meadow Crest Playground will have a new Nature Play Area section added, along with an artistic entry arch. The area is intended to be a quieter space, set under the towering Douglas Fir trees in the northwest corner of the playground. The Nature Play Area will feature a climbable bear cub, balancing logs, a dry stream, small group gathering spaces, butterfly and bird houses, and additional landscaping. The entry arch will feature colorfully painted metal insects, flowers and leaves. The playground will maintain its usual hours during construction, coordinating opening and closing times with the adjacent Meadow Crest Early Learning Center. Some construction access will be through the entrance adjacent to the North Highlands Neighborhood Center, and there will be some periods where this gate will be closed. However, the school entrance gate will remain open for the public during public playground hours - weekdays after 4:00 p.m., Fridays and weekends, and school holidays and vacation.

The work will commence the week of March 14, and will be complete by late June 2016.

For more information, please contact Todd Black

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Your contribution to Renton’s Parks and Trails System, no matter how large or small, will be gratefully received and put to good use.   Your tax deductible gift will help continue to make Renton’s Parks and Trails a wonderful place to recreate.
**All donors, whether through monetary or a “Park Element” contribution over $250, will be recognized on the GROWING TREE, located in the vestibule of the Renton Community Center.**

For more information click on links below.
Donor Recognition and Information
Donation Application
FAQ’s – Park Donation and Memorial Policy
Park Donation and Memorial Policy