From the shores of Lake Washington to the ‘Highlands,’ Renton is a growing suburb that takes pride in its diverse population and a strong community that has seen many ups and downs, but has ultimately stood the test of time.
Renton has somewhat of a violent past. The first pioneers built a sawmill and mined ore in the 1850s, but conflicts erupted with the Native American tribes and fights broke out around the region. They only lasted a few months, but in the meantime the mill was burned to the ground and most settlers left. Eventually the town of Renton was platted and a rebound began. The local rivers were great for industry and mines, farms, and mills flourished and by 1910, a community with churches, schools, and businesses had developed. When Boeing moved to Renton in 1941, the city was put on the map as a booming town for once and for all.
Activities and Attractions
Renton is reinventing itself from an industrial-type town to a more hip place to live. A new residential and shopping complex has been built recently. Dubbed ‘The Landing,’ this place is reminiscent of Redmond Town Center with its outdoor mall, with the added benefit of apartment dwellings on site.
The downtown area has a slightly more lived-in feel, with businesses that have been around much longer. Take the Melrose Grill, for example, which opened its doors in 1901 and specializes in steaks and other grilled staples like salmon and pork chops. And while Liberty Café has only been open a few short years, it has already earned a reputation as the best coffee in Renton; maybe even in the greater Seattle region! You might also enjoy The Met Wine Bar, A Terrible Beauty Irish Pub, or Pop! Gourmet Popcorn.
Renton has many parks and historical sites as well. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park takes up 57 acres of land on Lake Washington and offers swimming, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, and picnic areas, not to mention two food stands: Ivar’s and Kidd Valley. What more do you need?
The Cedar River Park provides a giant play field as well as access to the Cedar River hiking trail. Also located here is the Renton Community Center, where you can take part in all kinds of sports and activities from arts and crafts to dance classes, and the Carco Theatre, a site for concerts and plays for all ages.
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