Parks Planning and Development

Contact Information
Leslie Betlach, Director
Parks Planning & Natural Resources
Renton, WA 98057

Sunset Neighborhood Park Phase II Grand Opening

Sunset Park grand opening flierPhase II of Sunset Neighborhood Park is open. Work began on this phase in November 2019 following the opening of Phase I in June 2018.

Located across from the Renton Highlands Library, the park covers 3.2 acres and is a catalyst for the redevelopment of the entire Sunset Neighborhood. The park provides ample public open space for the community.

Sunset Neighborhood Park contains unique playground equipment. The most striking is the Berliner Neptune XXL, a 30-foot high climbing structure. It is the only structure of its type in the Pacific Northwest and just one of four in the United States. Connected to the tower are two Helix Climbing Towers, one 19-feet and the other 25-feet. These three connected strictures are the only ones of their type in the United States.

The second phase of Sunset Neighborhood Park added:

  • Playgrounds (ages 2-5 and 6-12)
  • Parent plaza with picnic tables
  • Adult fitness area
  • Shaded seating under pergolas
  • Performance/open space lawn
  • Rain gardens
  • Loop walkways

Funding sources for Phase 2:

  • Federal LWCF (Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant) - $500,000
  • State Direct Legislative Appropriation - $3,000,000
  • King County Youth and Amateur Sports Grant - $175,000
  • City of Renton

Park System

Renton’s extensive park system is the result of involving the public in long-term visioning and planning.

The city’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas Plan ensures the city’s park needs meet current demand and builds capacity for future generations.

The Trails and Bicycle Master Plan reflects the desire to create an interconnected trail and non-motorized transportation network to facilitate local and regional connections.

The Parks Planning and Natural Resources team responds to locally-based needs, values and conditions, while protecting the integrity and quality of the surrounding natural systems, to transform ideas into parks, trails, open space and facilities through the following activities:

  • Planning, designing and constructing parks and trails projects

  • Reviewing proposed city and private development plans to evaluate potential impacts on the park and forestry system

  • Applying for and administering grants for capital improvements

  • Updating comprehensive parks, trails and forestry planning documents

  • Acquiring property to meet future parks and trails needs

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