Just outside downtown Renton, WA lies the 11-acre Riverview Park that has become one of the most endearing parks in the area. The city of Renton purchased gorgeous green space in suburban Washington in 1979 as part of the Community Development Block Grant. Today, it connects with the city’s Cedar River Greenway System while also remaining a go-to park destination in its own right.
The Cedar River Greenway System is a 17.3-mile rail trail that meanders along the Cedar River. It starts just east of Riverview Park and follows the river west, through historic Renton and then down south, eventually ending in the Maple Valley. This is a mostly paved trail with the last four miles consisting of packed gravel — which is suitable for most bikes (or all but road bikes) and pedestrians. Those walking, biking, skating, or otherwise traveling the route will find a nice outlying park shelter in Riverview Park to rest at. Users of the trail can also park and start at this tree-lined park.
Of course, Riverview Park itself offers plenty of attractions that make it a go-to park in its own right. Here, Renton, WA residents and other visitors can use a soft-surface trail to easily launch kayaks and canoes into the slow-moving Cedar River. This is, in fact, one of the few dedicated paddle boat launches in the area, and many weekends are bustling with its use.
Riverview Park is also a popular place for picnickers and barbecues. Park visitors can enjoy an open-air picnic amidst wild grasses at one of the park’s open meadows or camp out beneath shady trees with a water view. Riverside picnicking offers outstanding wildlife and people-watching opportunities, watching as others float or paddle Cedar River. The park also boasts several picnic tables with two areas outfitted with barbeque set-ups.
Riverview Park also boasts a sizable picnic shelter with several picnic tables and great for hosting a larger party, such as for a birthday or general friend and family get-together. This picnic shelter is available for rent and reservation via the City of Renton’s website.
To access Riverview Park from downtown Renton, simply take Houser Way S towards Bronson Way N. Turn right onto Bronson Way and follow it as WA-169, or Maple Valley Highway. Drive just one mile and the Riverview Park entrance or parking area will be on your right. Downtown bicyclists can take 3rd Street eastward, take a right on Mill Ave. S and then hop onto the aforementioned Cedar River Trail on the left.