Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.
The City of Renton will use this grant to buy nearly 2 acres to expand Sunset Neighborhood Park to 3.2 acres, and then demolish the World War II-era houses there. The park will be developed in three phases and will include walkways, a lawn, playground, fitness areas, plazas, a water feature, picnic areas, and restrooms. The Sunset area is in one of the most diverse and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Renton with 51 percent minorities and 27 percent of the households living in poverty. The city’s parks plan ranked this project first for new neighborhood parks to be acquired and developed. The park will be a gateway for the 269-acre Sunset area, a key part of Renton’s “Sunset Area Community Reinvestment Strategy,” and a catalyst for transforming a part of the city that is working to overcome academic, health, public safety, and economic challenges. Renton will contribute more than $1.2 million.