Plans & Projects
The Parks and Recreation Department strives to provide a great variety of leisure and recreational opportunities for everyone in our community. We build community through people, parks, and programs. To learn more about current projects and plans focused on providing sustainable parks, innovative recreation services, unique art and cultural experiences that build a high quality of life in Redmond select a topic area below.
Park Planning is responsible for the acquisition and development of new park lands, trails, and recreational facilities that protect Redmond's natural beauty, preserve environmental resources and provide quality recreational and cultural opportunities.
The following is a list of ongoing park projects. Select a project for more information.
The Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of health and wellness and lifelong learning programs. The City is responsible for developing, staffing and providing facilities for many of the programs.
The Parks and Recreation Department provides arts and cultural programming. Arts programming is offered as part of the City’s special events, as well as through partnerships with local arts, culture and historical organizations.
To prepare for light rail to reach Downtown Redmond in 2024, the City needs to relocate the Erratic, a sculpture commissioned for Redmond’s centennial that sits at the corner of166th Ave NE and the Redmond Central Connector. Sound Transit’s future Downtown station will occupy this space and therefore it is necessary that the sculpture be relocated. The Erratic reflects both the railroad history of Redmond and looking further back to a time when glaciers covered the City and region.
The City worked closely with the Erratic’s artist to identify a potential location for this sculpture along the former railroad alignment that the art references.Ultimately, the Gilman Landing site which sits at the northeast corner of Leary Way and NE 76th Street, was chosen for the sculpture because of its proximity and relationship to other art work on the Redmond Central Connector and its designation as a gathering spot in the Redmond Central Connector Master Plan.
Redmond Public Art Plan
The Public Art Plan provides a comprehensive vision for public art in Redmond that will inspire a new generation of creative placemaking in the public realm including public buildings, the streetscape, landmarks, parks, and open spaces, pathways and trails; and water quality infrastructure. This Plan was developed in collaboration with consultants Ellen Sollod and Carolyn Law, in conjunction with an update to the City’s Park, Art, Recreation, Culture, and Conservation (PARCC) Plan, which serves as the Capital Improvement Plan and Strategic Plan for the Redmond Parks and Recreation Department. Both the Public Art Plan and PARCC Plan are scheduled for adoption in May 2017.
View the Redmond Public Art Plan (PDF).
Downtown Cultural Corridor Master Plan
Redmond aspires to become an arts destination known for high-quality cultural arts centered in the Downtown Cultural Corridor that includes:
- Cultural arts around every corner, 18 hours a day
- An exceptional built environment
- An anchor cultural institution
- A downtown that’s home to artists
- Destination quality artwork
- A place where art can flourish
View the final version of the Downtown Cultural Corridor Master Plan (PDF).
Art Experiences as Key Elements
This plan augments the Cleveland Streetscape and Downtown Couplet Conversion projects by suggesting art experiences as key elements of the great streets strategy. This plan also advances the notion of a "Cultural Corridor" by recommending specific strategies that can be implemented over time to achieve the broader comprehensive plan goals for our urban center. Major strategies include:
- Completing a demonstration art project as part of the Couplet Conversion
- Securing a sustainable funding source to implement this plan
- Working with developers as partners in implementing this plan
- Addressing code issues that may help in implementing the recommendations
- Developing temporary and permanent platforms for art in the urban center
Cleveland Street is being designed as the "main street" for Downtown Redmond, and the City has developed a concept of "great streets" as an important strategy to achieve this vision. This strategy reinforces the Couplet Corridor as a destination and the heart of Downtown.
The Redmond Arts Commission produced a Strategic Plan in 2009 that formulated a vision of Redmond as "A Community Inspired and Connected by Arts and Culture." These strategies include creating a cultural focal point in Downtown by developing iconic pieces of art as well as supporting the creation of a cultural corridor.
These concepts were later incorporated into the Urban Centers section of Redmond’s Comprehensive Plan. The vision for Redmond’s urban centers emphasizes the roles for art and culture in creating community and economic activity.
The Downtown Cultural Corridor Master Plan provides a synergy between these three goals – the great street, cultural corridor, and urban center – and suggests how city capital investments and re-development of the Downtown can support both Downtown’s larger vision and change and growth in the arts.
The Downtown Cultural Corridor
The focus of the Downtown Cultural Corridor is Redmond Way and Cleveland Street and the connecting streets that provide north-south connections. The Master Plan proposes the area designated in the Downtown East-West Corridor Study as the boundaries for the Downtown Cultural Corridor. From East to West, the area stretches from the intersection of Redmond Way and Avondale Way to where the Trestle Bridge crosses Redmond Way. From North to South, the area begins at NE 80th Street and NE 79th Street south to NE 76th Street and includes the Redmond Central Connector.
The Parks, Arts, Recreation, Culture and Conservation (PARCC) Plan is the functional plan for the Parks and Recreation Department and serves as the strategic plan. The plan is updated every six years.