The Sunset Area

Welcome to Sunset!

The Sunset Area Transformation Plan continues key investments in Sunset Neighborhood

Sunset is a distinct neighborhood recognizable as a gateway to the larger Highlands area of Renton. A diverse neighborhood, spanning 269-acres and 2,689 residents, the Sunset area has long been characterized by distressed public and WWII-era housing. The Sunset area has significant need for improved housing and services, but it also offers opportunities for strategic community investment. For more than ten years, the City of Renton, Renton Housing Authority, Renton School District, and other partners have been working together with the community to help revitalize the Sunset Area. 

The Sunset neighborhood revitalization is guided by the Sunset Area Transformation Plan. This plan was created with the support of the King County Housing Authority, the City, Renton Housing Authority, Neighborhood House, Renton School District, and numerous other partners [link to partner list] to guide the investments in the neighborhood. It includes substantial new affordable and market-rate housing, critical community and economic development initiatives for Sunset Area residents and businesses, and education and supportive services for neighborhood residents.

The Sunset Area Transformation Plan was originally created as part of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) application for a Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant. Although selected as a finalist in 2015, the plan did not receive a CNI grant in 2015 or 2016. 

Still, the City, Renton Housing Authority, Neighborhood House, Renton School District, and other partners are committed to the Sunset community and are continuing to work together to implement the key elements of the Sunset Area Transformation Plan by identifying strategic resources, initiatives, and opportunities for public and private funding.  Since 2011, approximately $100 million has been invested in completed and current projects in the Sunset Area. 

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Upcoming Events

September 8th

Community Block Party:
Join St. Matthew’s Community Church for a community block party on September 8th from       12 – 4 pm. This even will feature games, food, music, and more! Come and join the community fun!

September 15th

Renton Fall Recycle Day
On September 15th from 9 am – 3 pm, recyclable materials will be collected at Renton Technical College free of charge. For a list of accepted materials and other restrictions, please check here.

September 29th

Feria de Salud y Bienestar para Toda la Familia/ Total Family Health and Wellness Fair

Highlighted Past Events

Coco in Sunset Park

Renton Summer Outdoor Movies came to the Highlands for an outdoor showing of Coco in Sunset Park! This unique chalk art piece was designed by local artist Naomi Haverland and was brought to life with the help of the community. Check out more of Naomi’s work here.

National Night Out

The Sunset Community celebrate National Night Out at the North Highlands Community Center. Sponsored by the Renton Housing Authority and the City, this event brought together residents, resources, and police to enjoy a free night of BBQ and games!

Sunset Park Celebration
June 16th, 2018

Sunset Neighborhood Park officially opened on July 16th with a kickoff celebration! Neighbors, residents, and community leaders gathered to celebrate the new park and the adjacent library. Presentations were given by key city and state official and performances were enjoyed from local dance and music groups. 

For a complete list of past events