Downtown Park final groundbreaking set for May 10

When it is completed, it will be the city’s first urban park and fit within the guiding development philosophy of the city.

An artist’s rendering of Redmond’s Downtown Park, which is slated for a summer 2018 opening. Courtesy of the City of Redmond

Groundbreaking on the final phase of construction for the Redmond Downtown Park will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

When it is completed, it will be the city’s first urban park and fit within the guiding development philosophy of the city, Mayor John Marchione said.

“For every new neighborhood, we try to provide the same amenities as others,” Marchione said.

Improvements have also been made to Smith Park in the northern reaches of the city, he said.

Site improvement will be completed over the summer and construction on the $17 million park will begin in late summer or fall. It is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018.

The park will include a pavilion and stage performance area, splash pad water feature, a dining grove and a raised lawn with a deck and seating.

“We expect to have events and community festivals centered there,” Marchione said.

The park is located on Cleveland Street between 161st Avenue Northeast and Leary Way Northeast.

Marchione said the 2.2-acre parkland was acquired when the city connected 161st Avenue Northeast. An old shopping center was on the location as well as several businesses, which were relocated throughout the city.

Downtown Park will sit next to the old Redmond historic district, which is comprised of low-lying buildings. Marchione said securing the property as a park will ensure that the buildings are not overshadowed in the future.

Marchione said he wished the park could have been completed sooner, but the city decided to focus on traffic infrastructure improvements first.

Next year will be a big one for the city, he said, as Downtown Park will be opened in the summer, and in January 2018 Cleveland Street and Redmond Way will both be opened to two-way traffic following improvements.

Parking for the groundbreaking will be available at the public parking lot at Leary Way and Bear Creek Parkway.

More in News

Vader served the Redmond Police Department for more than seven years and enjoyed a four-year retirement as the Hovenden family pet. Photos courtesy of RPD
Former Redmond police K-9 Vader, dies at 13

Vader served the department for more than 7 years and spent his retirement as a full-time family pet.

Sarah Yount, former YES client, speaks at YES’s 50th anniversary celebration on Nov. 2. Madison Miller/staff photo.
Youth Eastside Services celebrates 50 years

YES celebrates 50 years of providing youth and family behavioral health services.

Sky Metalwala has been missing for seven years. Photo courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Police plead for help in search for missing boy

Sky has been missing since Nov. 6, 2011 and turned 9 years old on Sept. 2.

Suspect arrested after stealing paychecks | Police blotter

The Redmond police blotter from Oct. 22 through 24. Courtesy of the RPD blog.

Kuderer leads Tom; Walen over Bright

Legislative District 48 race. Results are preliminary.

Democrats lead in 45th Legislative District

Dhingra, Goodman and Springer earned about two thirds of the vote.

DelBene leads in 1st Congressional District in early returns

As of election night, incumbent Suzan DelBene was leading with 69 percent of the vote, to Jeffrey Beeler’s 31 percent.

Marcus Naylor and Joshua Schaer.
                                Marcus Naylor and Joshua Schaer.
Naylor leads Eastside judicial race

Results are preliminary.

King County property assessments have begun for some Eastside neighborhoods

County property appraisers visit around one-sixth of all properties in the county each year to ensure the homes are valued correctly.

From left: Samantha Areliz (VALA curator), Marisa Mouton Provo (VALA Communication Director) and Zachary Burns (artist) look upon the Gatesville exhibit at the new VALA Eastside in Kirkland. Madison Miller/staff photo.
VALA Arts moves to Kirkland; changes name to VALA Eastside

VALA Eastside makes Kirkland its permanent home.

Upcoming shelter for women and families offers hope to Eastside

The city of Kirkland anticipates the shelter for families and women to be completed in 2020.

PSE natural gas bills will be lower this winter

This is the lowest rates the utility has provided since 2004.