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Redmond Central Connector trail and artwork to open this fall

Amidst all the current clang of construction and day to day activity in downtown Redmond, residents may notice the Redmond Central Connector (RCC) trail taking shape.

The new trail runs from the Sammamish River Trail to the Bear Creek Trail, parallel to Cleveland Street and Redmond Town Center. This one-mile paved trail is intended as a key destination in downtown featuring integrated art and landscaping designed by The Berger Partnership. The RCC, when fully completed, will accommodate thousands of trail users a day, attracting bicyclists, pedestrians and other users from throughout the region. The direct access into Redmond's downtown district creates greater access to experience amenities and local businesses.

The project includes commissioned artwork by Seattle artist John Fleming called "Redmond's Erratic," located at the corner of Cleveland Street and 166th Avenue Northeast, adjacent to REI at Redmond Town Center. This piece takes its origin from Redmond's small-town roots, the city's commitment to nature and its rich history. Fleming modeled this landform after a glacial erratic, which is a massive boulder dropped by a glacier. The structure of the landform includes custom gabion frames filled with rock and covered with a welded quilt of steel plates salvaged from the former Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail bed that previously inhabited the trail. "Redmond's Erratic" is composed of three pieces, representing an erratic that has cracked open, revealing a geode that glows with interactive LED lights. The artwork and trail will be open to the public in the fall of 2013. More details about the community event will be announced soon.

The City of Redmond has contracted with Otak, a multi-disciplinary international engineering firm with a local office in Kirkland to design the second phase of the RCC, from the Sammamish River to Overlake Christian Church and DigiPen Institute of Technology along Willows Road in the Sammamish Valley. This project will include integrated art that will be designed by the Otak team and the artist team of Kempson, Kempson, Marshall and Keene, who have received acclaim for their re-imagining of historic Nord Alley in Seattle's Pioneer Square. Construction of this 1.3-mile trail segment is anticipated to be completed in 2014-15 when the entire RCC will lead into the East Lake Sammamish Trail, extend north to Kirkland, Bellevue and Renton on the mainline and to Woodinville and Snohomish County along the spur with a future celebration planned.

For more information about this project, visit www.redmond.gov/rcc or contact Carolyn Hope at (425) 556.2313 or cjhope@redmond.gov.

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