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Renton, Washington’s Gene Coulon Memorial Park

Comprising 57 acres of land and water, Renton’s Gene Coulon Memorial Park is the perfect summer haven. Water laps against the rocky shores as boats embark on blue, Lake Washington waters. And don’t worry, a sandy beach is available for swimmers and guarded for open hours during the summertime season.

Open from roughly 8am to 10pm, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park offers a great refuge against the summer heat. With ample parking, you won’t have to worry about your car, and its proximity to the Renton Landing, you won’t have to worry that you didn’t pack a lunch. Plus, if the Renton Landing’s too far, the park has a few options available, like Ivar’s and Kidd Valley.

In addition to the beach, which opens for the season around June, you’ll enjoy lush grass, beach volleyball (not on the beach), dual tennis courts, 1.5 miles of paved trails that connect to the Lake Washington Trail System, a huge kids’ activity area, walking piers/docks, and boat lunch areas.

This is also where Renton hosts many summery events, including Clam Lights, Kids Fishing Derbies, annual 4th of July festivities, and the Kidd Valley Summer Concert Series – all great ways to connect to the community and get involved!

Staring in the 2018-2019 off-season, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park will undergo facility upgrades, including structural repairs, performance assessment, and routine maintenance. Portions undergoing repair include the South Waterwalk, Boat Launch Middle Pier, Ivar’s Deck, Moorage Float & Finger Piers, North Waterwalk, Sailing Club Float, and Trestle Bridge. Suffice it to say, when these upgrades are complete, we’ll have an entirely refreshed Gene Coulon!

Whether you’re looking for a beachside walk, run, or bike ride, looking to swim, launch into the blue waters of Lake Washington or simply rest on a bench and look out into the Pacific Northwest.

Did we miss any of your favorite things about Renton’s Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park? Or perhaps you have something you want us to cover in a future post? Let us know in the comments below!


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