Parks Planning and Development

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

Parks Planning and Development focuses on parks, trails, natural areas and urban forestry through:

Planning to remain current with the community’s desires and needs for parks, recreation and natural areas and environmental sustainability

Acquisition to meet the recreational demand and needs of current and future generations as identified in adopted plans.

Development to maximize recreation opportunities through newly constructed or reconstructed parks and trails.

Major Maintenance to preserves existing assets and infrastructure in a safe, operable, and accessible condition.

Leveraging Funding through partnerships and outside funding to increase existing resources.

Urban and Community Forestry division manages trees for the health and well-being of people, wildlife, and the natural ecosystem.

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 Development 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.

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