Current Projects


Many of Renton’s existing parks, recreation, trails and natural area systems were first envisioned as part of the Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas Plan and the Trails and Bicycle Master Plan planning process. These plans provide a framework to guide the city in establishing priorities, making decisions, funding improvements and operations, and ensures the city’s park needs meet current demand and builds capacity for future generations.

Coulon Park Structural Repairs Project

A significant part of Coulon Park’s maintenance schedule is a structural assessment every five years for all facilities over the water. If routine  maintenance or repairs are needed, they are scheduled during the winter.

In late 2018 and early 2019, the city has identified eight facilities that need repairs. The largest impact will be the replacement of the Ivar’s deck substructure and timber decking. All steel beams below will be replaced. They will be replaced by a new deck comprised of light penetrating decking materials, required by the Department of Natural Resources. Light penetrating decking is to create a more fish-friendly environment. Ivar’s and Kidd Valley will remain open during most of the construction. We look forward to a significant improvement to this area of Coulon Park.

Facilities scheduled for repair include:

  • South Waterwalk
  • Boat Launch Middle Pier
  • Ivar’s Deck (2 phases)
  • Moorage Float & Finger Piers
  • North Waterwalk
  • Sailing Club Float
  • Trestle Bridge

Project Update

Sunset Neighborhood Park

 Sunset Neighborhood Park construction

Located across from the Renton Highlands Library, the park will feature a wide north-south pedestrian walkway, restroom facilities, an entry plaza by the library with seating and an overhead pergola, additional walkways and seating areas throughout the park, and a large lawn for gathering and playing.

Phase I improvements were partially funded with a $1.7 million Direct Appropriation by the Washington State Legislature.

Design per the Phase II Master Plan will commence in early 2019 and includes two playgrounds, picnic and fitness areas, an interactive water feature, picnic and fitness areas, a gazebo, additional walkways, a pergola with seating, and art. Design and construction expenses will be offset with a $3 million Direct Appropriation by the Washington State Legislature, a $500,000 Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant and a $175,000 King County Youth and Amateur Sports Fund Grant.

Project Update

Renton Downtown Civic Core Vision and Action Plan

The Renton Downtown Civic Core Vision and Action Plan began as a request from the mayor and city council to address plans to relocate transit layovers (where buses park and wait until service continues) to a new station at Rainier Avenue S. and S. Grady Way.

This focused question about an important location in the civic core expanded into a much broader conversation about not only the future possibilities of the Transit Street, but about downtown public spaces, streets, connections to the Cedar River and trails, and increasing the attractiveness for new business activity in the entire civic core and downtown area. The plan provides specific actions that takes advantage of the future possibilities and opportunities for downtown. Some of which include:

  • Assessing and re-imagining public spaces like Piazza Park and pavilion, and connecting those spaces through an expanded regional trail system to local destinations.
  • Building upon the emerging restaurant and retail clusters that can support the significant population growth predicted for the area.
  • Celebrating the racial diversity of Renton as an opportunity to become a cultural center.

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