Located on the south shore of Lake Washington, Renton is a lakefront City offering spectacular views of the Olympics, the Cascades, and Mount Rainier. The Cedar River, which runs through the heart of downtown, also offers an abundance of natural beauty. Renton offers a unique quality of life, a strong sense of community, and excellent personal opportunities for residents and businesses.
Renton is home to an excellent technical college, and is within driving distance of several regional universities and community colleges. Renton is also homebase to the Valley Medical Center, the largest non-profit medical provider between Seattle and Tacoma. Services include medical, surgical, and 24-hour emergency care, plus specialized treatment in cardiology, oncology, high-risk obstetrics, orthopedics, neurology, and pediatrics.
The city of Renton has 29+ parks and trails to explore. The most popular is Gene Coulon Mermorial Beach Park on Lake Washington. The 53-acre park was rated by the Seattle Times as one of the top five parks in the Seattle area for children. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department offers team sports and individual activities. In addition, within the city there is an 18-hole golf course, a skate park, community center, a neighborhood center, senior center, two libraries, and a history museum.
The Renton community supports a vibrant array of public and private arts and entertainment, including three performing arts theatres, the Renton City Concert Band and Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra . The Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center is a dynamic venue to catch a performance by regional groups and international artists.
Since the late 1990’s, the City has focused on the Renton Highlands as an area targeted for improvement and investment. A variety of ideas and plans have emerged. At the present time, efforts at revitalization in the Highlands have built upon the work done by two task forces. The Highlands Task Force on Zoning, whose goals include stimulating the revitalization of one of Renton’s older commercial and residential areas into a community with compact urban development featuring a mix of residential and commercial uses, a range of housing types, innovative design, transit orientation, pedestrian scale amenities and a community focal point. The Highlands Phase II Task Force is the implementation group, to plan out the work needed to attain the goals of the Highlands Task Force on Zoning. With explosive population growth, and the construction of hundreds of new homes to the east, the Highlands neighborhood is ripe for redevelopment.
Renton Highlands Neighborhood Center
800 Edmonds Avenue Northeast, Renton, WA 98056
The Highlands Neighborhood Center, a total of 11,906 square-feet, includes spectator seating in the gymnasium, a dividable multi-purpose room, classrooms, and a front entry counter. Children’s artwork from the Renton River Days festival, courtesy of the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, hangs behind the entry counter.
The 10-acre neighborhood park has excellent facilities for children and adults alike. Outside amenities at the Highlands Neighborhood Center include a baseball field, basketball and tennis courts, multi-use field, picnic areas, play equipment, and parking.
North Highlands Neighborhood Center
3000 Northeast 16th Street, Renton, WA 98056
North Highlands Neighborhood Center is located in a 2.6 acre park, near McKnight Middle School. The park’s activity building is staffed fulltime and has a carpeted gymnasium with basketball hoops. In addition, it has an arts and crafts room, a game room, small kitchen area, and a meeting room. Amenities also include picnic areas, play equipment, rental space, a tennis court and parking areas.