Featured Community: Renton

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Located on the south shore of Lake Washington, Renton is a city that offers spectacular views of the Olympics, the Cascades, and Mount Rainier. The Cedar River, which runs through the heart of downtown, is also an abundance source of natural beauty. Residents enjoy a unique quality of life and a strong sense of community. With a mix of residential and commercial neighborhoods, innovative design, well-placed transit access points, safe pedestrian areas and abundant parks, the city offers something for everyone. It’s Renton School District is thriving–with many newly built or newly remodeled schools.

Renton is home to an accomplished 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. VMC services include medical, surgical, and 24-hour emergency care, along with specialized treatment in cardiology, oncology, high-risk obstetrics, orthopedics, neurology, and pediatrics.

The City of Renton offers 29+ parks and trails to explore. The most popular is Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park on Lake Washington. This 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 compelling venue to catch a performance by well-known regional groups and international artists. It’s newer developments, such as the Landing, along with traditional standbys, provide savvy restaurant, entertainment, and shopping options.