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Mayor Initiates Close Review of Parks & Trails Rules and an Assessment of Best Practices

April 23, 2010

Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Renton, WA – Renton Mayor Denis Law has initiated a detailed review of all rules, ordinances, design options, and policies and procedures related to parks and trails along with a comprehensive assessment of best practices used in other jurisdictions. This move comes after a collision between a bicyclist and a pedestrian on the Cedar River Trail. 

“Our parks and trails are used by hundreds of people every day—walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and others, and it is our priority to make sure that everyone continues to have a great experience and enjoy our wonderful assets,” said Mayor Denis Law. “We are very saddened by last week’s tragedy and while there has never been anything like this before, we want to do a thorough study and present our findings to City Council and our community. If we need to take any steps to improve the safety of our parks and trails, we will do it. We will also take a hard look at options for more stringent enforcement of any reckless behavior and misconduct in our parks and on our trails.”

The study initiated by the Mayor will help the city assess any future actions or improvements that it could implement to improve the safety of its parks and trails. If you have any input and suggestions regarding parks and trail safety, please contact the Community Services Department at 425-430-6600. For more information, visit rentonwa.gov.