|April 22, 2014
||Anne Marie Peacock
Redmond, WA - The City of Redmond has been recognized for its actions in supporting smart city design. On April 3, 2014, at the Feet First Walkable Washington Symposium, the Redmond Central Connector received Feet First’s highest honor for an exceptional project directly contributing to the creation of a healthy, livable, and walkable community in Washington.
The concept of converting the former rail corridor into a regional trail was conceived 17 years ago through a public engagement process. Over the years, Redmond worked with a group of government, community, and businesses leaders, to complete the real estate transaction and plans for developing the Redmond Central Connector. “It’s been a privilege to be a part of the team that fulfilled the dream of creating walkable connections in Downtown,” says Carolyn Hope, park planning & cultural services manager with the City of Redmond. “The Connector is already transforming Downtown.”
The Redmond Central Connector enhances the pedestrian experience in Downtown by integrating art, lighting, and landscaping within urban plazas along the trail that provide opportunities for community gathering and events. The project is dramatically improving the pedestrian travel through the heart of downtown and connecting Old Town to Redmond Town Center. The first mile of the Redmond Central Connector also knits together more than 60 miles of regional trails including the East Lake Sammamish and Sammamish River Trails. As a result, more people are walking and bicycling in Downtown.
This project is a core component of Redmond’s strategy to accommodate growth by integrating transportation, recreation, and land use. “These investments will enrich the face of downtown Redmond for future generations by creating a destination where people come to gather, shop, and experience the City’s diverse culture,” says Redmond Mayor John Marchione.
To learn more about the Redmond Central Connector project visit our web site at www.redmond.gov/downtown or contact Carolyn Hope at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-556-2313.