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Published on June 21, 2024
Renton Embraces Summer with Aquatic Center Season Opening and Cultural CelebrationsSource: City of Renton, Washington

The City of Renton is bustling with activities as summer rolls in, offering a mix of leisure and community-focused events. Starting Saturday, the Henry Moses Aquatic Center will open its doors for the season, promising residents daily open swim sessions, lap swims, and a variety of water activities. According to the City of Renton, Washington, the aquatic center, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, also plans to host a special event in July to commemorate two decades of service to the community.

On the cultural front, Mayor Armondo Pavone officially recognized June 19 as Juneteenth in Renton. Recognizing the enduring importance of emancipation and cultural heritage, Renton celebrated this year with an event led by the Renton King County Alliance for Justice and Elevate PR Management, supported by the city. "It was Saturday, June 19, 2021, when we joined the city's Juneteenth celebration at the Renton Chamber of Commerce. As a business owner, what I saw was community gathered together uplifting African American art, culture, and community. That is when I knew this is where I wanted to plant my roots," Danielle Smith, Renton Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, told attendees in an emotional speech reported by the City of Renton, Washington.

The city is also looking to improve its digital infrastructure by redesigning the municipal website to ensure that residents can easily find necessary information. A navigation test has been planned, and the city encourages residents to participate in a survey before Monday, June 24 to provide feedback on the website's usability.

Small businesses in Renton will get a spotlight through the King County Small Business Awards. Local favorites can be nominated across multiple categories like Small Business of the Year and Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year. Nominations are open until June 30, and the invitation is extended for everyone to help recognize and award the dynamism of the local business community, as highlighted by the City of Renton, Washington.

Hitting a note of community care, the Summer Meals Program is set to commence on June 24. Addressing a vital need for many children, the program provides free snacks, lunch, and activities throughout the summer and is a collaborative effort between the Renton Parks and Recreation Department and the Renton School District. No registration is necessary for these meals which are only available on-site.

The Renton Farmers Market is also inviting families to enjoy Kids Day on Tuesday, June 25. Attractions like Gwendolyn the Cow, free book giveaways, and a lineup of kid-friendly activities are scheduled. The market will continue to run every Tuesday until September 24, offering fresh produce and crafts in a community-friendly atmosphere.