Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, Renton

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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BruinDan
Fullerton, CA1,922 contributions
A great spot to spend some relaxing time
May 2021
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park is a public park located in Renton, Washington along the southeastern shore of Lake Washington. According to Wikipedia, it consists of 57 acres of land and water, including 5 acres of grass and 5,400 feet of shoreline. I spent the better part of an afternoon here in May 2021.

The park is off Lake Washington Boulevard near the Southport Drive exit of the I-405 freeway. If you’re familiar with either The Landing center or the Boeing facility in Renton, the park is a little north of those spots.

There is a good deal of parking, with an area near the boat launch dedicated to boat trailers. NOTE that this is a popular park, so bring your patience as the parking can fill up quickly. There is a walkway where many people take strolls, a large grassy area where you can spread your blanket and enjoy a picnic, a lot of benches and tables at which you can sit, a gazebo if you want a covered area, a couple of restaurants (Ivar’s and Kidd Valley) with both indoor and outdoor seating, a relatively small sandy beach, a playground, and a dock/walkway that extends over the water. There is also a marked interpretative walk and some impressive outdoor sculptures.

The day I was at the park the weather was mild, the water was fairly calm, a few people were fishing off the dock, people were strolling, ducks and geese were hanging around, and a light breeze was blowing. It was all pretty idyllic, and it pained me to have to leave and head to the airport. If I have the time the next time I visit Renton, I’ll definitely be back!
Written June 22, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gibzgirl
Jerome, ID9 contributions
Brilliant outdoor space!
Mar 2021 • Family
Absolutely, hands down, a fantastic place to visit...walk along the water, play on the massive playscape, eat at the docks, swim, observe nature. Our one hour turned into a half a day a d repeat the next day.
Written March 30, 2021
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tougo
Brinnon, WA451 contributions
Lovely any time of year!
Aug 2020 • Couples
We’ve been coming here for years and just love it! Great walking path with ducks, turtles, geese, and sometimes rabbits.
Written August 29, 2020
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812841
Wichita, KS415 contributions
OK for a quick get away for lunch but be prepared for crowds.
Jul 2020
This park is busy even at its slowest, while a nice enough place to enjoy lunch, the restrooms have been locked since winter, no place for sanitation so you know where people are going! Not cool, if you are going to allow huge crowds even during Covid you need to clean the place up and provide for sanitation. If you want to play tennis or volleyball be prepared to wait, whoever is on the court stays on the court until they are tired, no one follows the signs to release the court after one hour. More courts need to be built. No one and I mean no one follows the no dogs on the beach and they leave things on the beach too. Just know before you go!
Written July 19, 2020
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Madeline M
Renton, WA1 contribution
No dogs allowed
Jul 2020
We live close enough to walk to this park. We ordered food online and as soon as we walked toward the park with our small leashes dog, animal control was sitting there giving us some speAch about a $250 fine. Completely ridiculous. We pay taxes for Renton, we are responsible dog owners who pick up after our dog. There are so many worse things going on in the world right now than a dog in a park. Unfreaking believable.
Written July 19, 2020
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN989 contributions
Loved It!
Jun 2020 • Solo
Because I was staying at the nearby Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, I (and anyone else there) had smooth access to the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, just steps away from the hotel’s refined facade. The park is simply gorgeous. It winds from the southern tip of Lake Washington (i.e. where the hotel is) all the way up the eastern shore of the lake, and a walking trail continues further into the Bellevue area. The park may appear quite small, but the length of it is really impressive and offers spectacular views (many views) of the pristine Pacific Northwest terrain.

Amenities for visitors include free parking, restroom stations, docks for boats and fishing, picnic tables, playgrounds, and two small eateries; do note that during COVID-19, these spaces were closed off (except some restrooms, parking, and docks). Plan accordingly when you travel during the virus...the park is excellent for practicing social distancing, but just don’t get your hopes up with anything else than walking on trails!

With the great location and magnitude of natural wonders, I highly encourage folks to make a stop at the Gene Coulon Beach Park when in the Seattle area. No need to spend all day, but make sure you get as much out of it as you can. Check it out!
Written June 10, 2020
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Grandma Cookie
Renton, WA4 contributions
Swim, Boat, Run, Ride, or Walk, or Watch the Planes
Jul 2019
Gene Coulon park is located close to Boeing in Renton. It has a wonderful trail that any arborist would love and is a fun place to exercise. There is a wonderful playground for young children with swings, slides, climbing forts, etc. In the summer you can rent paddle boats, canoes, or you can sunbathe on the beach or swim. The sunset is truly remarkable over Lake Washington. If you get hungry, there are two restaurants right in the park: Kid Valley and Ivars Seafood Bar. When you finish your day, the movie theatre and shopping exerience are just a short distance away. Fun for the whole family, a couple, or a single person. View the fireworks on the fourth of July or see the Christmas lights - it's a wonderful experience whenever you go. But go early if going in the summer, as parking is limited.
Written February 11, 2020
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Tiniya M
6 contributions
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach park
Nov 2019 • Solo
Enjoyed walking around this park taking in all of the splendor of God! Absolutely beautiful fall day and amazing park!
Written December 13, 2019
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Liz O
Honolulu, HI26 contributions
Beautiful and peaceful
Oct 2019
Started with some Chowder at Ivar's, then burned it off walking the path. Very clean and in the sun was a comfortable temperature. Lot of families taking family photos - gorgeous backdrop, but they did get in the way.
Written November 14, 2019
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Cynthia H
10 contributions
Lake Washington Beach park
Mar 2019
Gene Coulon is a beautiful park. Excellent boat launch but not enough truck/trailer parking or auto parking either for that matter. There is short term boat moorage (no overnights) and there are a couple fast food options there. It's beautifully maintained and has a nice long walking path. The only drawback the park has is geese. Lots of geese. And geese leave lots of p___p!! The city tries to keep the goose population under control, but there's only so much they can do...
Written November 5, 2019
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