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editor's note:

* Outdoor: 'Crete
* Free
* Trannie / Street [we think?]
* Rating: "Pretty Sweet"

About two months ago [say, June '01], we started getting submissions from a new park in Renton, WA. Looks like another concrete jammie to us. We've got a couple photos for you - as always - but the rest of the info is a little thin... here's what we've got so far.

In the facts department, we've got the park opening date - April '01. It's 8500 sq ft [which is kinda small - about half the size of Everett WA's park] and cost about $175,000 to build [that's fairly inexpensive].

Sublime4ever had the following to say:

"It is not the best park ever, but is pretty sweet. They have a grind rail, a twinkie, 4 quarter pipes, a couple humps that you can bust out on, and a small mini ramp. They have a bowl-type thing, it really sucks though. In the middle of the park they have this weird feature, it's not a bowl or anything, but it looks like one. It is totally vertical, then it launches you out onto a ramp. I've seen dudes launch at least 10 feet doing 900's out of that thing."

"Oh yeah, the reason they designed it with those weird "sculptures" and the water paintings and crap is because they did not have the extra money to take out of the Parks and Recreation fund to build this park. By painting it and calling it "skateable artwork", they took the funding from the arts program! It's a small-ass town..."

Sublime4ever: Oct '01

Thanks out to all the contributors on this one, including Bill Pool, the Brusco Family, Sublime4ever, and Miles Russell for sending in various accounts and the pics below. I'm sure the WA riders appreciate the contribution as much as we do.

Since Renton is right in the middle of tons of other parks, you should be able to hit it and bail to someplace else if you don't like it. Other nearby parks include Seattle's SeaSk8 and Rain City. We've also got pics of Bellevue, one of the Kent parks, a little Redmond action, SeaTac skatepark, North Bend, Vashon Island, Gig Harbor, and Everett. Skate hard!

Directions: You'll want to start by taking I-405 to Renton - which is just east of Seattle. From the north, take Exit 2 [Renton/Rainier Ave] and head north on Rainier Avenue to South Third and take a right. Continue on Third and take a left on Mill Avenue South. Then take an immediate right onto Houser Way S. Continue on Houser Way S. over the river. The skatepark is on the left. From the south, take exit 4 [Renton/Enumclaw]. Stay in the lane marked "Bronson Way/City Center." The road will veer to the right, which is Bronson Way. Turn left onto Mill Ave S. Turn left onto Houser Way S. The park will be on your left.

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^ I don't know who sent in this
shot of the Renton park.
It was submitted without a name...

^ That pool looks
fun... how's that
corner hit?
[Photo: Bill Pool]

^ Mitchie Brusco at
4 years old... never
too early to get
on them boards and
ride! [Photo:
The Bruscos]

^ That blue-ish
thing in the back
might be the
skate-art... kind
of a bite on
Newberg, OR
"dragon rail."
[Photo: Bill Pool]

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