Downtown Park

Grand Opening Celebration

Join us for the grand opening of Downtown Park the evening of Saturday, September 15! Make sure to be there for a special performance by Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders and Artist in Residence, Maja Petric's Digital Art Installation at the Pavilion.

Downtown Park Grand Opening

Happenings

OneRedmond Digital Scavenger Hunt - 1-4 p.m.

Downtown Park Grand Opening kicks off with a unique gaming experience that will lead you around Redmond! The “Dragon Run Digital Scavenger Hunt” produced in partnership with DigiPen and Bit Toys runs from 1-4 pm. The registration tent is located on the Cleveland Street side of the park in front of Hoffman’s Fine Cakes & Pastries. Pre-registration is encouraged! Find out more.

Ribbon Cutting with City Officials - 5-5:30 p.m.

Join Mayor Marchione and other honored guests at the pavilion to celebrate the evolution of our Downtown Corridor with our beautiful urban park. The ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 5 pm at the pavilion, an integrated artwork titled Buoyant designed by artist Jill Anholt.

Community Picnic Sponsored by OneRedmond - 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Share a meal with your neighbor! Community is at the forefront of everything we do at the City of Redmond, so we invite you to come share a meal at the Community Picnic which is also part of national Welcoming Week festivities. We’ll have lots of seating areas but feel free to bring a blanket if you prefer.
Please pack your own picnic or order your picnic ahead and pick up on your way to the event. The following downtown restaurants will be open and ready for your take-out order; Zeeks Pizza, Woodblock, Hoffman's, and Homegrown.

One Redmond Logo


Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders Performance: "A Hundred Years from Today" - 6:30 p.m.

Lucia Neare's performances weave together fine art including live classical music, sculpture and dance with unusual disciplines to create "ephemeral participatory dreamscapes." You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime performance created specifically for this grand opening celebration. Pre-show music begins at 6:30 pm and performance will start at 6:45 pm.

Maja Petric’s Digital Art Installation - 8:30 p.m.

As the stars come out, we will end the Downtown Park Grand Opening celebration with a digital art installation by Redmond’s Artist in Residence, Maja Petric, featured on the Buoyant water wall.

Jill Anholt’s LED Light Program – 9:45 p.m.

We will end the Downtown Park Grand Opening celebration with the unveiling of a beautiful LED light installation by Jill Anholt, displayed on the pavilion that will continue to be on display every night in Downtown Park until closing at 11pm.

Check out our new Splash Pad from 1-4 p.m. or from 5:30-6 p.m.



Visit

Location

16101 Redmond Way. The park site is located between Redmond Way and Cleveland Street, and is bordered by 161st Ave NE on the west, and the Stone House Restaurant on the east. (View on Google maps) All activities occur out-of-doors, so please watch the weather and dress appropriately.

Parking

Please consider biking, walking, or carpooling! While Downtown Redmond features an abundance of street parking, we anticipate heavy use of current parking facilities for this celebration. Additional parking can be found two blocks away at nearby Redmond Town Center located at 7525 166th Ave NE.



ADA parking is located along Redmond Way.

Amenities

Both portable and permanent restrooms can be found on event site. Downtown Park is ADA accessible.

Interested in volunteering?

We love our volunteers! Please sign up here. Thank you to Timberlake Church for sponsoring our volunteers! 



Street Closures

Please be aware of the following road closures on Saturday, September 15, 2018:

8am to 10pm

161st Ave NE from Redmond Way to Bear Creek Parkway
Local access only from Cleveland Street to Bear Creek Parkway, Southbound

5pm to 10pm

Cleveland Street from Redmond Way to Leary Way NE
Local access only, eastbound only, enter from Redmond Way and Cleveland Street intersection 

Street Closure Map for Downtown Park Grand Opening


Thanks to Washington Cathedral for sponsoring our craft activities at the Grand Opening celebration!


Washington Cathedral

Thank you to Ravello Apartments for being a community sponsor!


Ravello Apartments

Questions?

Contact Jessica Rubenacker, Cultural Arts Administrator
jarubenacker@redmond.gov
425-556-2367

About the Project

Location: 16101 Redmond Way. The park site is located between Redmond Way and Cleveland Street, and is bordered by 161st Ave NE on the west, and the Stone House Restaurant on the east.
Project Phase: Construction
Contact: Carolyn Hope, Project Manager, 425-556-2313
One Page Summary: August 2017 Summary
Timeline:
  • Master Plan: Adopted 2015
  • Design: Completed 2016
  • Peat Removal: Completed 2016
  • Park Construction: June 2017 – Summer 2018
  • Park Opening: Summer 2018
Downtown Park Project Timeline

Construction Update

 

Overview

Every great city has a signature place that serves as a destination, an icon for the city, and a catalyst for economic growth. The Downtown Park will be Redmond’s signature park, and will create a place for community members to gather and celebrate. It will be a vibrant community space that encourages special events, arts, music and fun. The enhanced pedestrian environment in and around the park will stimulate economic activity in the neighborhood.

Redmond Downtown Park Concept

VISION

Redmond Downtown Park is a memorable and extraordinary gathering place where art and park are indistinguishable. It is a destination for creative energy and exploration where the entire community can:

  • Play and relax in all seasons and weather
  • Be inspired and entertained
  • Delight in nature
  • Linger and leave uplifted

DESCRIPTION

Planning for the Downtown Park included extensive community outreach, which allowed the public to determine park features and provide valuable insight on the design. The selected design ensures the two-acre site will function as both a neighborhood park as well as an extraordinary community gathering space.


Downtown Park Rendering

Features in the park will include:

  1. Raised lawn, deck and trees - play, meet friends and people watch
  2. Fountains of water jets - fun for the kids!
  3. Pavilion with a digital water wall - watch digital art, dance, and sip coffee under shelter from sun and rain
  4. Gardens and trees - relax in the greenery
  5. Plaza - enjoy performances, festivals and events
  6. Dining grove - bring a bite to eat under the trees
  7. Restrooms and drinking fountain

COMMUNITY INPUT

An extensive and creative public engagement process for the Downtown Park Master Plan involved more than 2,000 kids and adults. Visitors to the site were invited to “Claim a Stake” in Downtown Park. More than 1,000 suggestions were written onto tags and staked within the park in a colorful art installation.


PROJECT PROGRESS

Downtown Park is entering the last of three steps needed to create Downtown Park. Funding has been identified so that the entire project can be built in a single construction effort. Each phase of the project is described below:

Planning: COMPLETE
The planning phase explored options for the park with the community and developed a preferred concept, based on the public preference. This planning phase resulted in a Master Plan that has been used to guide the design process. The Master Plan was adopted by City Council in April 2015.

Design: COMPLETE
The design phase was completed in December 2016. Detailed design plans and construction documents were prepared, based on the selected Master Plan Concept.

Construction: CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT AWARDED
The project was advertised for bid in January 2017. A construction contract was awarded by City Council in March 2017, with construction beginning by June 2017. The park will be complete in summer 2018.


CALENDAR

  • May 10, 2017 (6 p.m.) - Groundbreaking Event: Join the Mayor, City Council, and members of the Parks and Trails Commission and Arts and Culture Commission as the first shovel is turned to make way for Downtown Park.
  • Summer 2018 - Grand Opening Celebration: A community gathering to celebrate the opening of Downtown Park will be scheduled. Details of the celebration to be determined.

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