Redmond Senior & Community Center

Redmond Senior & Community Center

Redmond Senior & Community Center Rendering

Building a Hub for Activity

Redmond Senior & Community Center Promises Programming for All

“A community center is a crucial asset of any community,” said Jana Dunajska, a fitness instructor with the City of Redmond since 2010. “It is a place where families and friends can come together. People who live alone or have families far away could use this space to socialize. My hope is that everyone will find their favorite activity at the Redmond Senior & Community Center to help them stay both physically and culturally sound.”

As Dunajska awaits the opening of the Redmond Senior & Community Center in May 2024, she knows that the facility will reach more people due to physical space, as well as provide more options like the covered walk/jog track, personal training, and expanded fitness class opportunities.

Redmond Senior & Community Center

Programming and Spaces for All

The new state-of-the-art 52,000 square foot space was designed with the community, for the community, explained Director of Parks and Recreation Loreen Hamilton. 

“Community engagement has been at the heart of a lot of it, which has created incredible strengths and some challenges because we have to balance out the needs of the entire community within this building,” she said. 

Among the needs identified by the community, was more active recreation and fitness space. Currently, the City offers these activities at various locations, including gyms in the Lake Washington School District, the Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village, and the Old Redmond Schoolhouse. 

“To have expanded active recreation capacity within our own portfolio, for us to be able to utilize the space for senior fitness, adult fitness, and all generations, that will fill a big gap for us,” explained Hamilton. 

Deputy Parks and Recreation Director Zach Houvener added, “The City worked with a consultant to conduct the Future of Redmond’s Community Centers Report, and it was identified that space was needed in the Downtown area, specifically.” 

The center will boast a Kid Zone, group exercise room, flexible classroom space, Senior Lounge, Senior Library, Gymnasium, Red Oak Community Room, stage for performances, and an events terrace. 

Each space is designed with the community users in mind. 

“For our youngest community members, we're going to have a Kid Zone upstairs, where families can drop off their children while they workout,” said Houvener. “The Kid Zone is really a unique place because the architect’s vision was to tie in the big historical oak that the space overlooks so that the kids think they are in a treehouse.” 

As the planning is well underway for programming, Houvener shared, “Our group exercise room will be heavily utilized for our Zumba, Yoga, and Tai Chi classes. Our Fitness Zone is going to have a variety of equipment that we're currently procuring - anything from treadmills, recumbent bikes, and free weights. We're making sure we are including numerous different amenities for all our community members from young to old.” 

Within the Gymnasium, community members will have access to volleyball, basketball, badminton, and pickleball courts. The two outdoor pickleball courts will also reopen when construction is complete. 

Another area of need identified by the community was event and performance space. The new facility will provide space for this in the Red Oak Community Room, which will be available for celebrations like a quinceañera, dance recitals, cultural events, and weddings. 

The building also aligns with the City’s Parks, Arts, Recreation, Culture, and Conservation, or PARCC Plan, which outlines four major priorities: expand access for all, build strong communities, innovate for the future, and protect the natural environment. 

“The Redmond Senior & Community Center fits squarely right in the middle of each priority,” said Jim Kleppe, who serves as the chair of Redmond’s Parks, Trails, and Recreation Commission. “You can connect the center to each of these priorities.” 

As a commissioner, Kleppe shared his overall thoughts on the project, “I'm very impressed with how the City thought through the decision to build this facility, chose to invest for the future, and make something significant happen.”

Redmond Senior & Community Center

Balanced Wellbeing and Community Building

In addition to the physical wellbeing, the new facility will provide a space for community building, where people can connect and gather. 

“I think that this will be the melting pot of everyone being able to come and really being able to build community onsite,” said Houvener. 

The center will support mental wellness too. 

“It will be a space for mental stimulation of being able to talk with your friends, with your family, learning new cultures, and new backgrounds, and sharing stories,” said Houvener. “I’m really looking forward to having it be a busy facility, where everyone is welcome.” 

To further support cultural connections and the community, there will be a rotating art gallery featuring exhibitions of local artists. Throughout the building, artists’ work will be on display to create connections to the people and places in Redmond. For example, a tiled triptych by Laura Brodax will be near the north entrance, featuring Redmond’s natural beauty with a nod to its engineering and tech roots. At the main entrance, visitors will be greeted by Joe Thurston’s artwork along the connector wall, a collection of etched glass disks portraying various people, places, and symbols that reflect Redmond.

Redmond Senior & Community Center

Making it Happen

With this building being built with the community, for the community, it wouldn’t have been made possible without the generous support of key stakeholders, commissioners, Senior Advisory Committee members, sponsors, and Solar Champions, as well as current and past local and regional elected officials who have provided unwavering support. 

In October, these key individuals were invited to a hard hat tour of the space, which was an opportunity to celebrate the progress to date, as the team works toward completion and opening for operations in May 2024. 

“The hard hat tours provided our partners in this work to see the building and what their partnership has helped us create for the entire Redmond community,” said Hamilton.

Redmond Senior & Community Center

Looking to Opening

As staff continue to look forward to May, they are busy determining the fee structure for classes, day passes, and more. Community members will have access to free amenities, as well as paid programming. The details are expected to be finalized in 2024 and will be shared with the community at redmond.gov/RSCC. Residents and non-residents can start registering for Dunajska’s Total Body Conditioning or Core Crusher classes, among a variety of other fitness classes, activities, and programming, come April 2024. 

Hamilton said, “I'm really excited to see the spaces open, to see community members using the space, to see our events, and to see our Community Room filled with cultural events again.” 






Redmond Senior & Community Center Rendering

Building a Hub for Activity

Redmond Senior & Community Center Promises Programming for All

“A community center is a crucial asset of any community,” said Jana Dunajska, a fitness instructor with the City of Redmond since 2010. “It is a place where families and friends can come together. People who live alone or have families far away could use this space to socialize. My hope is that everyone will find their favorite activity at the Redmond Senior & Community Center to help them stay both physically and culturally sound.”

As Dunajska awaits the opening of the Redmond Senior & Community Center in May 2024, she knows that the facility will reach more people due to physical space, as well as provide more options like the covered walk/jog track, personal training, and expanded fitness class opportunities.

Redmond Senior & Community Center Rendering

Programming and Spaces for All

The new state-of-the-art 52,000 square foot space was designed with the community, for the community, explained Director of Parks and Recreation Loreen Hamilton. 

“Community engagement has been at the heart of a lot of it, which has created incredible strengths and some challenges because we have to balance out the needs of the entire community within this building,” she said. 

Among the needs identified by the community, was more active recreation and fitness space. Currently, the City offers these activities at various locations, including gyms in the Lake Washington School District, the Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village, and the Old Redmond Schoolhouse. 

“To have expanded active recreation capacity within our own portfolio, for us to be able to utilize the space for senior fitness, adult fitness, and all generations, that will fill a big gap for us,” explained Hamilton. 

Deputy Parks and Recreation Director Zach Houvener added, “The City worked with a consultant to conduct the Future of Redmond’s Community Centers Report, and it was identified that space was needed in the Downtown area, specifically.” 

The center will boast a Kid Zone, group exercise room, flexible classroom space, Senior Lounge, Senior Library, Gymnasium, Red Oak Community Room, stage for performances, and an events terrace. 

Each space is designed with the community users in mind. 

“For our youngest community members, we're going to have a Kid Zone upstairs, where families can drop off their children while they workout,” said Houvener. “The Kid Zone is really a unique place because the architect’s vision was to tie in the big historical oak that the space overlooks so that the kids think they are in a treehouse.” 

As the planning is well underway for programming, Houvener shared, “Our group exercise room will be heavily utilized for our Zumba, Yoga, and Tai Chi classes. Our Fitness Zone is going to have a variety of equipment that we're currently procuring - anything from treadmills, recumbent bikes, and free weights. We're making sure we are including numerous different amenities for all our community members from young to old.” 

Within the Gymnasium, community members will have access to volleyball, basketball, badminton, and pickleball courts. The two outdoor pickleball courts will also reopen when construction is complete. 

Another area of need identified by the community was event and performance space. The new facility will provide space for this in the Red Oak Community Room, which will be available for celebrations like a quinceañera, dance recitals, cultural events, and weddings. 

The building also aligns with the City’s Parks, Arts, Recreation, Culture, and Conservation, or PARCC Plan, which outlines four major priorities: expand access for all, build strong communities, innovate for the future, and protect the natural environment. 

“The Redmond Senior & Community Center fits squarely right in the middle of each priority,” said Jim Kleppe, who serves as the chair of Redmond’s Parks, Trails, and Recreation Commission. “You can connect the center to each of these priorities.” 

As a commissioner, Kleppe shared his overall thoughts on the project, “I'm very impressed with how the City thought through the decision to build this facility, chose to invest for the future, and make something significant happen.”

Redmond Senior & Community Center Rendering

Balanced Wellbeing and Community Building

In addition to the physical wellbeing, the new facility will provide a space for community building, where people can connect and gather. 

“I think that this will be the melting pot of everyone being able to come and really being able to build community onsite,” said Houvener. 

The center will support mental wellness too. 

“It will be a space for mental stimulation of being able to talk with your friends, with your family, learning new cultures, and new backgrounds, and sharing stories,” said Houvener. “I’m really looking forward to having it be a busy facility, where everyone is welcome.” 

To further support cultural connections and the community, there will be a rotating art gallery featuring exhibitions of local artists. Throughout the building, artists’ work will be on display to create connections to the people and places in Redmond. For example, a tiled triptych by Laura Brodax will be near the north entrance, featuring Redmond’s natural beauty with a nod to its engineering and tech roots. At the main entrance, visitors will be greeted by Joe Thurston’s artwork along the connector wall, a collection of etched glass disks portraying various people, places, and symbols that reflect Redmond.

Redmond Senior & Community Center Rendering

Making it Happen

With this building being built with the community, for the community, it wouldn’t have been made possible without the generous support of key stakeholders, commissioners, Senior Advisory Committee members, sponsors, and Solar Champions, as well as current and past local and regional elected officials who have provided unwavering support. 

In October, these key individuals were invited to a hard hat tour of the space, which was an opportunity to celebrate the progress to date, as the team works toward completion and opening for operations in May 2024. 

“The hard hat tours provided our partners in this work to see the building and what their partnership has helped us create for the entire Redmond community,” said Hamilton.

Redmond Senior & Community Center Rendering

Looking to Opening

As staff continue to look forward to May, they are busy determining the fee structure for classes, day passes, and more. Community members will have access to free amenities, as well as paid programming. The details are expected to be finalized in 2024 and will be shared with the community at redmond.gov/RSCC. Residents and non-residents can start registering for Dunajska’s Total Body Conditioning or Core Crusher classes, among a variety of other fitness classes, activities, and programming, come April 2024. 

Hamilton said, “I'm really excited to see the spaces open, to see community members using the space, to see our events, and to see our Community Room filled with cultural events again.”