Between 2009 and 2013, the City conducted studies to evaluate the condition of the existing recreation centers and pool, the demand for services, and the market for similar services. These studies recommended evaluating new and renovated community center space, which was further evaluated between 2014 and 2015.
2016 to 2018
In 2016, the City Council directed staff to conduct a broad-scale community involvement initiative to learn the community’s priorities for the future of Redmond’s Community Centers. That was the launch of this planning project. In the fall of 2016 and winter of 2016-17, the City sought volunteers for the Redmond’s Community Centers Stakeholder Group to help lead this initiative. More than 40 people volunteered represented a wide-variety of recreational, aquatics, and cultural arts interests. The stakeholders assisted city staff is educating the community about the status of Redmond’s community centers and the growth in Redmond and need for different kinds of spaces and programs. Through a variety of outreach methods, the team reached nearly 28,000 people.
After the education and listening phase, the staff team and stakeholders worked together to gather opinions from the community about how the City should take action on community center related projects. More than 3,600 people provided their opinions on these issues.
The Redmond’s Community Centers Stakeholder Group worked with the City to craft a summary report of this outreach effort, Community Priorities for the Future of Redmond’s Community Centers dated April 2017. Representatives of the Stakeholder Group presented the findings to City Council on April 11, 2017 and the City Council adopted the report on June 20, 2017 with Resolution 1473.