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City to hold public forum for Downtown Park planning and design on Thursday
As part of a multi-tiered effort to revitalize and expand the urban core, the City of Redmond is laying the groundwork for a new Downtown Park and would like the public's input and involvement.
The city has begun a search for a consultant team to begin planning the project and will host a public forum on Thursday. During the event, team finalists will propose how they would approach and realize the project and community members will have an opportunity to help select the team that will bring this initiative to life.
A reception with light snacks and music by Lelavision will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m., followed by consultant presentations and a public question-and-answer session from 6-9 p.m.
Parks and Trails Commission Chair Tom Sanko said community input is integral to the project's success.
"It's vitally important for the public to have a voice in park planning in general," he said. "Because the Downtown Park is going to be so visible and a symbol of Redmond for years to come, I hope that input builds consensus and identifies a shared vision for the park — and if there are concerns, manages to highlight those concerns."
The project calls for a two-acre urban oasis nestled between Redmond Way and Cleveland Street in the heart of the downtown historic district. Once development is completed, the current three-quarter-acre park will expand to a full two acres and will serve as a signature destination for the city, hosting an array of community-friendly amenities, including arts exhibitions, cultural activities and other events.
Sanko, who has lived in Redmond with his family for more than 18 years, sees the endeavor as a much-needed springboard for other dynamic revitalization projects.
"I hope the Downtown Park, when it's completed, is a vibrant reflection of Redmond's high-tech image and its residents and co-workers," he said. "It's gratifying to participate in a process that will be the centerpiece of revitalization and will serve as a magnet for people in the downtown area."
For more information about both the project and the event, visit www.redmond.gov/downtownpark.