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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Help your community by providing feedback on important issues and needs. ​

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We are looking for volunteers to help with community clean ups.

October 26th-29th

Halloween Fun!
Come out on Saturday October 27th for the Olde Fashioned Halloween Party!. Starting at 1 pm, this family friendly event will feature FREE Cider, carnival games, doggy costume contest, and MORE!
Grab your family and your costume and join us for some Downtown Halloween fun!
Sunset Area Halloween Events include
Highlands Elementary’s Trunk or Treat on October 26th starting at 7:00 pm ($3/person)
St. Matthew’s Trunk or Treat on October 28th starting at 12:00 pm (Free)

November 6th

Don’t forget to fill out your mail in ballot before November 6th. 
The registration deadline is October 29th.
 Ballots can be mailed back or dropped off at a ballot drop box, without a stamp. The nearest Renton drop box location to Sunset is at Renton Technical College near the Public Health Building (see below).
For more information, visit King County Elections

Highlighted Past Events

Feria de Salud y Bienestar/Health and Wellness Fair
September 29th. 2018

La Feria de Salud y Bienestar (The Health and Wellness Fair) was held at the future Sunset Multi-Service Center on September 29th and was attended by nearly 100 residents. Representatives from 16 organizations were present with information about their services and programs in Spanish to connect attendees to regional resources. The event also utilized interactive displays to get feedback from the Latinx community about their healthcare wants and needs to inform the future Multi-Service Center.

Coco in Sunset Park
August 10th, 2018

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
August 7th, 2018

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