Award for Success in Historic Restoration at the 12th Annual John D. Spellman Awards
Former Mayor John Marchione, members of the Redmond Rotary, City officials, and staff accepted an award from King County Executive Dow Constantine on May 24, 2012, for the restoration of the Anderson Park picnic shelter. A grant from the Redmond Rotary and the City's Heritage Restoration and Preservation Grant program helped the restoration project take place.
Detailed efforts in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration and Reconstruction Projects restored this structure using techniques that represent those of the shelter's original construction. By matching wood type and ring-count and by using hand tools to work the wood, the contractor created an authentic representation of Redmond history while helping to support park visitors today and in the future.
A Preserve America Community
In 2006, the City was nationally recognized as a Preserve America Community by then-First Lady Laura Bush. The "Preserve America" initiative was a White House and now a National Parks Service program to encourage and support community efforts to preserve America's cultural and natural heritage. Preserve America initiatives include:
- A greater shared knowledge about the nation's past
- Strengthened regional identities and local pride
- Increased local participation for preservation of the country's cultural and natural heritage
- Support for economic vitality of American communities