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Discover the Heart of Renton

July 18, 2007

For more information contact:

Sonja Mejlaender, Community Relations Specialist, (office) 425-430-6514; (cell) 206-794-3271
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-630-6569

The 2007 IKEA Renton River Days - A Weeklong Family Festival and Celebration
Events in Liberty Park: July 25 and July 27 – 29

RENTON--"Discover the Heart of Renton" is more than just a theme for 2007 IKEA Renton River Days. It's an invitation to explore the diverse offerings that highlight Renton's passion for music, art, food and it's active lifestyle. With different events and activities for all generations, the festival brings the community together for a mid-summer showcase of fun and entertainment. Come discover for yourself!

On July 25, Kids' Day highlights include two performances by the Wenatchee Youth Circus at 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Tickets cost just $1.00 per person and are available in the park.  From 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., explore nearly 40 booths for kids all providing some type of free game, activity, or craft. New this year, visit Rick Hartman’s Toymaker Workshop, where each child can make a toy for free. The day also features free inflatables, caricaturist, and face painting.

Weekend festival highlights include the parade on South 3rd Street in downtown Renton beginning at 10:00 a.m on Saturday, July 28.  Other weekend festival traditions include the Art Market (arts and crafts), Quilt Show, Chalk Art Contest, Nibble of Renton and stage entertainment at Liberty Park, the Renton Annual Art Show at the Community Center, pancake breakfast at the Senior Activity Center, and the Downtown Antique District Sidewalk Sale.  On Saturday, participate in the Volkssport 5K, 10K or 20K Fun Walks (starting from Renton Memorial Stadium at 8:00 a.m.), or the River Days Fun Run & Walk (starting from the Community Center at 8:45 a.m.).  On Sunday, July 29, at 4:30 p.m., don’t miss the Rubber Ducky Derby down the Cedar River, starting from the Houser Street Bridge. 

New festival activities for 2007 include the Tennis Tournaments, Downtown Renton Window Display Contest, Dizzy’s Tumble Bus and Happy Hula Hooping. There’s much more to do and see from Boatstock to the BMW’s Concours d’Elegance, from pony rides to the petting zoo.  Visit www.rentonriverdays.org for all the festival fun.

Become part of the team and help volunteer on Kids' Day, July 25, or our main 3-day weekend, July 27-29.  Email Sonja Mejlaender at smejlaender@ci.renton.wa.us or call (425) 430-6528.  Volunteer opportunities include assisting with children's activities, the information booth, parade, plus much more.  More volunteers are needed so call right away!

Street Closures and Shuttle for IKEA Renton River Days

2007 Festival Street Closures Begin Wednesday, July 25, 2007.

  • Houser Way between Mill Avenue and Bronson Way will be closed at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, and will reopen on Monday, July 30.
  • The River Days Parade, beginning at 10:00 a.m., will be on Saturday, July 28 and travels down South 3rd Street from Shattuck Avenue to Liberty Park. In order to form the Parade, South 3rd Street between Rainier and Bronson will be closed to all traffic and parking from 7:00.a.m. until completion of the Parade at approximately 1:00 p.m. All side streets adjacent to and leading to South 3rd Street will be restricted to local access only during the same time period.
  • The River Days Fun Run & Walk, on Saturday, July 28, begins at 8:45 a.m. at Cedar River Park and proceeds east towards Maplewood Golf Course. Then it backtracks and the course extends into downtown Renton. The course will proceed west on South 3rd Street, north on Whitworth, east on South 2nd Street, south on Morris, and then east again on South 3rd Street with the sprint line finish on Houser Way by the 200 Mill Bldg. (former City Hall). At Logan and South 2nd Street, the southern two lanes will be coned off allowing for this portion of the race. The northern two lanes of South 2nd Street (closest to Renton High School) will remain open for traffic flow. These southern two lanes of South 2nd Street will reopen at approximately 10:00 a.m.
  • There will be no downtown street closures on Sunday, July 29.

2007 Festival Shuttle Service Information

Free, continuous shuttle service will be available Saturday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 29, 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • South Grady Way Park and Ride (Parking)
  • Renton Memorial Stadium, next to the Cedar River (Parking)
  • Liberty Park on Bronson Way, near the tennis courts (Stage entertainment, food, arts and craft booths)
  • Gene Coulon Beach Park at Kidd Valley (Boatstock & Wakeboard Invitational)
  • Cedar River Park, adjacent to the Renton Community Center (pony rides, Renton Annual Art Show, BMW Car Show-Sunday only)
  • City Center Parking Garage, on South 2nd Street in downtown Renton.

Look for the sandwich signs that read, "River Days Shuttle Stop."

For the complete list schedule of festival events with dates, times, and locations call (425) 430-6528 or visit www.rentonriverdays.org.