Swim Lake Washington
A summer 2020 quest

Coulon Beach


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Type: Public Park
Address: 1750 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton
Visited on: Not yet visited

Notes:
Gene Coulon Memorial Park is a city of Renton public park stretching 1.6km (1 mile) along the southeastern shore of Lake Washington. It's named in honor of Gene Coulon, the director of Renton parks between 1949 and 1977, and has a history as an industrial site after Europeans settled the area. During our swim we saw various remnants of this history, including what looked like a caterpillar tractor just off shore! The area just adjacent to the park to the south was previously part of the Boeing 737 facility but is now converted to commercial use with a hotel and retail space.

This park has amenities for just about everyone: walking on the paths and docks paralleling the shore, swim beach with both shallow and deep areas and completely enclosed by a walkable dock, tennis courts, lots of lawns, food (Ivars and Kidd Valley, both Seattle landmarks), restrooms, boat launch. The south beach has a sand/silt entry to the water whereas the logboom area, where we swam long, was classic Lake Washington rocks.
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