Redmond Senior & Community Center
A new and larger community center is coming to Redmond in May 2024. This website is dedicated to the Redmond Senior & Community Center, an approximately 52,000-square-foot facility. This project has been rooted in widespread community involvement and support since 2019, and construction started on June 2, 2022. The new Redmond Senior & Community Center will be located on the site of the former Senior Center on City Hall municipal campus, adjacent to the Public Safety Building.
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What's Happening Now
Construction Update for Nov 13, 2023: Exciting progress is being made on the community center construction project! Crews are concentrating on interior work as well as pavement around the community center. And, we're still on track for the facility to open in May 2024. Head to the Construction Progress page for a preview of the four new art works that will be installed in the community center this Spring!
January to March 2021
- Established a vision for the project
- Developed program adjacencies
- Develop building and site layout
- Create the foundation for future phases
April to July 2021
- Finalized floor plans
- Finalized site elements
- Developed and refined the building character and massing
August to December 2021
- Developed mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural systems
- Initiated architectural drawings
- Specified design elements and material types
- Finalized location of walls, windows, and doors
January to July 2022
- Finalized all drawings and details needed for construction
- Finalized specifications and finish materials
- Submitted drawings for permit
June 2022 to May 2024
- Groundbreaking ceremony occurred on June 2, 2022
- Contractor mobilized site in late June 2022
- Q3 2022: Footings and foundations
- Q4 2022 through Q1 2023: Structure and walls
- Q1 2023 through Q1 2024: Interiors
- May 2024: Estimated completion
Design Video Tour
- How are parks and recreation facilities named?
Redmond City Council adopted Resolution No. 1516, on April 26, 2019, that established policies and procedures for the naming of public parks and recreation related facilities. It is the policy of the City of Redmond to choose names for public parks and park and recreation facilities based upon the site’s relationship to the following criteria:
- Neighborhood, geographic or common usage identification;
- A natural or geological feature;
- An historical figure, place, event, or other instance of historical or cultural significance;
- An individual (living or deceased) who has made a significant land and/or monetary contribution to the park system or who has had the contribution made “in memoriam”; and when the name has been stipulated as a condition of the donation;
- An individual who has contributed outstanding civic service to the City of Redmond and who has been deceased for a period of at least two years.
- Who decides the name of the building?
The City Council designates the name of public parks and park or recreation facilities per Resolution No. 1516. The City Council will make its selection after receiving a recommendation from the Redmond Parks and Trails Commission, based upon public input from individuals and organizations.
- What was the community outreach and involvement for determining the name of the building?
Submissions were collected from key stakeholder groups such as the RSCC Stakeholders’ Group, Senior Advisory Committee, Parks & Trails Commissions, Parks & Recreation staff, and the Arts & Culture Commission. The submission list was than narrowed to 3 names by parks and recreation staff. Public feedback was collected at the groundbreaking ceremony, promoted on the Parks & Recreation Facebook page, Parks & Recreation – Senior page, City Facebook page, Parks eNewsletter, and the city eNewsletter directing people to a Let’s Connect questionnaire hosted on www.redmond.gov.
- What is the name of the building?
At their Aug. 16 business meeting, the members of the Redmond City Council voted four to one in support of naming the City's new community center the Redmond Senior & Community Center. The name recognizes the new facility as a space for all generations to enjoy, gather, and recreate. Throughout the robust naming process, community members shared that they appreciated the name's descriptiveness and that it clearly identifies the building as a place where seniors can feel comfortable and welcome.
For more information, please read the press release issued on Aug. 22, 2022
- What is the definition of a significant or landmark tree?
A significant tree is defined as (RZC 21.78) any healthy tree six inches in diameter at breast height (DBH), or any tree four inches DBH, after considering its age, height, value, or function, the tree or stand is determined to be significant. A landmark tree is defined as (RZC 21.78) any healthy tree over 30 inches in diameter.
- How many trees will be removed, impacted, and retained from the project site and what is the city doing to mitigate the impacts?
Redmond Zoning Code (RZC 21.72) requires a minimum of 35 percent of all on-site significant trees to be retained. 31 trees will be removed, 41 trees will be impacted, and 72 trees (or 49%) will be retained (including tree 161), which exceeds the 35% minimum requirement. Note that 41 trees are impacted due to work in their vicinity, but a certified arborist has determined these 41 trees are expected to survive.
- How many trees will be replaced?
199 new trees will be planted through both on-site and off-site tree replacements to mitigate the removal of trees, and satisfy the requirements outlined in RZC 21.72. Replacement species will be both evergreen and deciduous with a variety of maples, cedars, oak, dogwood, locust, and pine.
- What precautions will be put in place to limit impact to the trees remaining on-site?
All construction activities will be required to meet tree protection standards covered in RZC 21.72 through an established Tree Protection Zone (TPZ) for all trees remaining on site. Barriers will be placed five feet out from the dripline of each tree prior to any land disturbance. Any entry or work within the TPZ of retained or impacted trees will need to occur under the direct supervision of a certified arborist. If roots are found during excavation, the certified arborist will help direct crews to make a “clean-cut” on roots to maintain tree health.
- How was the number of replacement trees calculated?
Significant trees that are either removed or impacted by construction are considered a removed tree per the definition from RZC 21.78,. Trees within the shoreline zone are replaced at a ratio dictated by their size per RZC 21.68. Trees outside the shoreline are replaced at 1:1 ratio. Due to one landmark tree being impacted (not removed), tree replacements for this impact were calculated at a 3:1 ratio. Minimum sizes for replacement trees shall be two-and-one-half-inch caliper for deciduous trees, or six feet in height for evergreen trees.
- What is the replanting plan after construction of the building is substantially complete?
The proposed planting plan incorporates native plants at a greater extent than currently exists on site. This represents an improvement in habitat value and no plants currently identified as invasive or noxious are proposed for replanting. Many of the native species selected will provide forage and habitat for wildlife. In addition, nonnative trees and shrubs provide some habitat due to increased canopy and cover upon existing conditions. Nonnative flowering perennials will also provide pollinator habitat.
- Will the pickleball courts at the Municipal Campus be open throughout construction?
The Municipal Campus pickleball courts are adjacent to an active construction zone for the new Senior & Community Center. In the interest and safety of all, the Municipal Campus pickleball courts closed on Monday, Aug 8 and will remain closed until Spring 2023, when it is safe to reopen. To find alternative pickleball courts in Redmond, please visit www.redmond.gov/pickleball