Focus on Redmond - Fall 2018

Volume XXXII No. 3 Fall 2018


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Saturday, September 15

Thompson Family shares thoughts on Downtown Life with the Mayor

Sound Transit Update


our community more often. What’s your favorite thing about living in Downtown Redmond? Balance of residential, retail, and green space. Downtown is walkable, and there is something for every age. Have you discovered any unexpected benefits to living Downtown? Driving less was the immediate win. With the great weather, we have been outside almost every evening doing some activity as a family — even just a picnic blanket in the park has been fun! What’s the most interesting thing that you’ve seen Downtown? I love when we go to a park, and there are ten or so cultures represented. Seeing all the kids running around playing together is special. Do you find yourself walking and biking more since you moved to the Downtown neighborhood? Yes, we are walking more with the nice weather (we will see how the rain affects us later). A standard evening for us is a walk to Redmond Town Center to play in the fountain and

The long-time vision for Downtown

City Budget Process


Redmond was to create a vibrant urban center where people can live, work, and play, while preserving and protecting our existing single family neighborhoods. You’ve seen the changes in Downtown Redmond, but have we achieved these goals? I asked the Thompson family about their experience living in Downtown Redmond with their twin boys, and here’s what they shared. How long have you lived in Redmond? Thompson Family: We’ve lived in the Redmond area for ten years and moved to Downtown Redmond two months ago. Why did you choose to move to Downtown Redmond? Living in the area, we always came downtown for our shopping, work, and special events (Derby Days, Redmond Saturday Market, etc.). We moved into Downtown Redmond to be close to everything we were already a part of, as well as to save time on driving and to connect with Mayor John Marchione

Parks & Recreation


then a pit stop on the way back home to roll down the hill at “Signals” park. What are your kids’ favorite things to do in Downtown Redmond? Our twin toddlers like the Redmond Town Center fountain, rolling downhill at “Signals” park, seeing the construction sites with the big cranes and excavators, and riding bikes on the trails. Where is your favorite place in Downtown Redmond for: Coffee? We are probably the only people in the area that don’t drink coffee! Baked Goods? Hoffman’s

Dining Out? Noodleland

Thanks for sharing a little about your experience living in Downtown Redmond. We are glad you are here!

MeetYour City Council Redmond has seven councilmembers who are elected by voters to adopt the City budget, establish law and policy, approve appropriations and contracts, levy taxes, and grant franchises.

Jeralee Anderson Position #6

Angela Birney Position #5 President

David Carson Position #7 Vice-President

Steve Fields Position #2

On September 15, 2018, the City will celebrate the official grand opening of Redmond’s first urban park. After three years of planning, design, and construction, this celebration introduces the community to a special place in the heart of the City for the arts and recreation. Join us for this special event, and explore the elements of the park, meet your neighbors, and play with your family and friends. Welcome to

Hank Margeson Position #3

Hank Myers Position #1

Tanika Padhye Position #4

Learn more about your Redmond City Council at .


Downtown Park is located between Redmond Way and Cleveland Street. It is bordered by 161st Avenue NE on the west and the Stone House Restaurant on the east.

Grand Opening Event Schedule Saturday, September 15 OneRedmond Scavenger Hunt 1–4 p.m. Meet at Downtown Park and bring your data activated electronic device. Ribbon Cutting 5–5:30 p.m. Witness the Mayor, City Council, and other special guests officially open the park to the public. Community Picnic (sponsored by OneRedmond) 5:30–6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner from one of the local restaurants listed on our website at , and meet your neighbors. Blanket seating will be available on part of the lawn, and tables and chairs will be provided on the plaza. Performance 6:15–8:10 p.m. “One Hundred Years from Today” by Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders Digital Art Presentation 8:20–10 p.m. Redmond’s Artist in Residence Maja Petric will display the first digital art installation in Buoyant, the integrated artwork and pavilion.

Park Features • Raised lawn, deck, and trees – Play, meet friends, and people watch • Splashpad – Fountains of water jets provide fun for the kids • Pavilion with water wall – Watch digital art, dance, and relax • Plenty of shade and cover – Sip coffee under shelter from sun and rain owntown Park!

Thank you to the design team led by PFS Studio and the construction team led by Mid-Mountain Construction.

For more information on the grand opening event and the park, please visit .

• Gardens and trees – Relax and enjoy the greenery • Plaza – Enjoy performances, festivals, and events • Dining grove – Bring a bite to eat under the trees • Restrooms and drinking fountain


S O U N D T R A N S I T : Light Rail Path Now Visible in Redmond

Written by Ryan Bianchi, Sound Transit

Retaining wall under construction along SR 520

East Link Extension Starting at Redmond’s southwestern border at 148th Avenue NE, crews recently installed precast concrete girders that will support trains as they zip past the busy interchange into and out of the Overlake neighborhood. Over the next several months, crews will continue placing girders as well as forming and pouring the concrete guideway deck. With the recent installation of a covered water filtration vault at the Overlake Village site, the area is now ready for station and plaza construction. The footings for a new pedestrian bridge connecting Overlake Village Station and the SR 520 bike path are also starting in the near future. Following eastbound SR 520 as it

curves north alongside the Microsoft campus, crews have completed the retaining walls needed to provide space for the rail guideway and to operate beneath the NE 36th Street overcrossing successfully. Next, crews will lay a foundation for the guideway’s bed with engineered soil, followed by pouring and forming the deck. At the north end of the project, Sound Transit’s contractor continues earthwork, pouring station and track walls, and utility work for the future Redmond Technology Station’s transit loop and 320-stall parking garage. Downtown Redmond Link Extension Even after construction of Redmond Technology Station is complete, light-

rail-related construction at NE 40th Street will continue. Construction of the Downtown Redmond Link extension will start before East Link begins operation. The next contractor will need to extend the East Link line beneath NE 40th Street on its way toward the next two stops in southeast and Downtown Redmond. Sound Transit is preparing to select a design-build contractor for the project by late 2019, and service to Downtown Redmond will begin in 2024. Find more information at or .


Funding Services and Programs that ResidentsValue Most Budgeting by Priorities The City of Redmond uses a priority- based approach to budgeting.

biennial budget requests and action plans were recently proposed by City departments based on these six community priorities. These requests were then analyzed and reviewed by multiple teams including a “Civics Results Team” made up of community and business members. These teams helped analyze City budget programs based on their likelihood to contribute towards the community priorities and City vision. This priority-based approach allows the City to think about how it allocates resources among the community-defined priorities. A plan for capital improvements will also be considered. These larger investments include maintaining existing facilities (such as roads, sidewalks, and parks), replacing deteriorating infrastructure and considering potential new facilities. The facilities plan (called a Capital Investment Plan) covers a period of six years. A recent community survey was conducted which gathered additional budget feedback. Those results, along with consideration of the input

received from the Civic Results Team and a public hearing held on June 21 will allow the Mayor and staff to respond with an improved budget based on the feedback received. The Mayor will present the proposed preliminary budget to City Council at the October 2 Council meeting. So, what do you think? The Mayor and Council encourage any Redmond stakeholders (residents, business interests, visitors) to share their thoughts on how we can invest over the next two years to keep Redmond a quality community, now and in the future. Provide ideas and input to the budget through public hearings scheduled for Tuesday, October 16, and Tuesday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall or at any regularly scheduled Council meeting during the Items from the Audience section. Additionally, the Mayor and Council can be reached at mayorcouncil@ or at bpquestions@ . We look forward to hearing from you!

The community identified six priority areas (vibrant economy, clean and green, diverse and connected

community, infrastructure, responsible government, and safety) that the City uses to help prioritize funding decisions

and measure fiscal health. Preliminary

Six Budgeting Categories:

Clean & Green

Vibrant Economy


Responsible Government

Diverse & Connected Communitiy



Look. Listen. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere. Come Celebrate Fire PreventionWeek 2018!

The Redmond Fire Department welcomes the community to fire station open houses October 8–13 in observance of Fire Prevention Week. Both in Redmond and nationally, half of all residential fires and half of the related injuries and deaths are cooking-related. To help mitigate risks like this, the Redmond Fire Department will be available at the scheduled open houses to teach visitors about fire hazards to look for, cues to listen for, and effective ways to respond to a fire. Staff will also go over creating an escape plan; only one in three families have developed and practiced a plan! While each fire station is open for one night, visitors are welcome at any of the fire stations. Resources and additional details are available at .

Open House Schedule

Redmond CERT Professional responders such as firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and public works technicians have their jobs to do during an emergency. What is your “response- ability?” What can you do to help your family, neighbor, coworker, or a stranger when the unexpected happens? Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training enhances your ability to aid those around you. Throughout Fire Prevention Week, members of the Redmond Fire Emergency Management Division, CERT, Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), and Fire Explorers will be at the open houses to educate residents about safety considerations and emergency response. Meet them and learn how you can help your community as a volunteer!

Monday, Oct. 8, 6-8pm STATION 13 8701 208th Avenue NE STATION 14 5021 264th Avenue NE Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6-8pm STATION 16 6502 185th Avenue NE Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6-8pm STATION 17 16917 NE 116th Street Thursday, Oct. 11, 6-8pm STATION 12 4211 148th Avenue NE, Bellevue Friday, Oct. 12, 6-8pm STATION 18 22710 NE Alder Crest Drive Saturday, Oct. 13, 10am-1pm STATION 11 8450 161st Avenue NE

Meet Sparky the Fire Dog!


Welcome Back to School School is back in session, so please be extra alert, and watch for children walking, biking, and getting on and off school buses. Don’t forget, back to school also means it’s almost time for October Walk-to-School Month! The Redmond SchoolPool program celebrates October Walk-to-School

One of the more confusing laws pertains to stopping for a school bus while the red lights are flashing. Use this graphic to refresh your memory... Do you know when to stop for a schoolbus?

Month and encourages students to walk, bike, carpool with other families, or ride the school bus to school. SchoolPool celebrates and rewards families who choose not to drive alone to schools, which helps improve neighborhood traffic congestion and local air pollution. It also encourages healthy behaviors, habits, and safety through education and messaging. If you are a Redmond resident with children enrolled in Redmond schools, we encourage you to participate in SchoolPool! Learn more at .


How Your Business Could Be

Saving Money

Did you know over 600 businesses in Redmond recycle? Here are three great advantages of recycling in Redmond.

Why Scoop the Poop? Did you know that pet waste contains harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella? When it rains, bacteria can be washed into storm drains and then flow untreated into rivers, lakes, and streams where pets and children play. 3 Easy Steps 1. Scoop the poop – in trails, parks, and even your own backyard. 2. Bag it – use a plastic dog waste bag or grocery bag (“compostable” or “Biodegradable” bags still need to be thrown in the garbage). 3. Put it in the trash – a garbage can is the only safe place for pet waste. Thanks for doing your part to keep Redmond’s bodies of water clean!

Advantage #1: Redmond businesses receive recycling collection service at no additional charge! In the City of Redmond, Waste Management commercial garbage customers can get a recycling dumpster up to 200% larger than the size of their garbage dumpster at no additional cost. For example, a business with a two-yard garbage dumpster collected once per week can add a four-yard recycling dumpster collected once per week at no additional charge. Waste Management bills are based on the size of a business’s garbage dumpster. Most businesses are able to decrease the size of their garbage dumpster when they increase their recycling. “There could be free money in your garbage dumpster,” said Stacey Auer, Recycling Program Administrator for the City of Redmond. “When a

business starts recycling everything they can, they are often able to downsize their garbage dumpster, which downsizes their monthly bill.” Advantage #2:You don’t have to sort your recycling! Recyclables, including cardboard, paper, aluminum, glass, plastic bottles, jugs, and tubs can all be mixed together into one recycling container. Advantage #3: Redmond businesses can get free help from the City’s recycling available to help businesses recycle more, reduce waste, and save money. Learn what your business can recycle and get free resources. Call the City at 425-556-2745, or email to sign up today! experts. Just ask! The City has recycling experts


Only rain down storm drainS

Indoor drains carry wastewater to the sewer for treatment

Outside drains, called storm drains, carry rain directly to local streams and lakes without treatment

Protect water quality for future generations

• Use a commercial car wash • Fix vehicle leaks • Scoop pet waste and place it in the trash • Avoid harmful pesticides and fertilizers

*Content courtesy of Bellevue Stream Team


Ad by Bellevue Stream Team

“Go Redmond” Encourages Alternative Travel Choices

Everyday 32,000 people in Redmond don’t drive alone to get to work. Go Redmond is working to increase this number by offering incentives and resources to commuters and to businesses who choose to participate in alternative commuting options. Commuters Whether it’s by foot, bike, or sharing the ride, getting around Redmond without a car has never been easier or more rewarding. Go Redmond will help you find your travel options and reward you for swapping some of your trips. Anyone who lives or works in Redmond is eligible to participate in the program.

Why Go Redmond participants choose NOT to drive alone Financial incentives 17% Save money 15% Subsidized fares 11% Personal health 14% Environmental benefits 12% Teleworking option 8% HOV lane 5% Emergency ride home 3% Parking issues 3% Trip Reduction Program include: • Increase employee retention • Reduce tardiness and absences • Reward your employees • Compliance with state and local regulations • Reduce taxes • Increase available parking • Reduce environmental impact If you’re interested in learning more about Go Redmond, please visit . Businesses If it’s not already in place, you may want to consider starting a Commute Trip Reduction Program. Go Redmond offers Redmond employers grants to implement trip reduction programs. Commuters who aren’t stuck driving alone in traffic report that they are happier and more productive at work. Other benefits of a strong Commute

Transportation Subsidies A one-month free ORCA bus pass, six months of vanpol fares for new riders, and other vanpool bonuses. Carpool and Vanpool Matching Find others to share a ride with through an online matching system. Incentives Add non-drive alone trips to the online commute calendar to be entered into drawings for prizes. Achievements Calculator Log your trips and see how much money you are saving and how many pounds of C0 2 are reduced by not driving alone.

How Go Redmond participants get to work


Council Notes A strong connected community

One of the most welcoming aspects of the Redmond community are the City’s diverse community events like Derby Days, So Bazaar, and Redmond Lights that promote an inclusive culture where all are invited to partake in the Redmond experience. On September 15, we will welcome the new Downtown Park. It will serve as a year-round gathering place for residents, and provide a place to celebrate and enjoy a sense of community. The park is a versatile community space that encourages special events, arts, music, and fun. Together, as a community, we make Redmond a city committed to a diverse, connected and vibrant place for everyone. We hope to see you at these upcoming celebrations: Downtown Park Grand Opening Join us on September 15 for the grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at 5:00 p.m., followed by a community picnic. There will be

a performance by Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders at 6:15 p.m. as well as a digital art installation at 8:15 p.m., by Redmond Artist in Residence, Maja Petric. Arrive early and enjoy a scavenger hunt from 1-4:00 p.m. sponsored by One Redmond. Finally, join us for The Moving Art Center fall concert series at Downtown Park on Thursday nights- September 20, 27 and October 4. Redmond Lights Redmond Lights celebrates the City’s diverse holiday traditions, cultures, and faiths. Join us for some of Redmond’s best-loved traditions including the luminary walk, and the city hall tree lighting. This year’s event has been extended to two days— December 1 and 2. We hope to see you there! Redmond Derby Days The Council Booth at this year’s Derby Days featured a selfie stand where

Councilmembers Angela Birney and David Carson taking a superhero selfie at this year’s Derby Days

community members took photos and shared their hometown heroes with us. We had great conversations with booth visitors about their local heroes and what makes Redmond a unique community.

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Arts & Culture Parks & Recreation

Open Studio Hours Redmond Arts Studio at Grass Lawn Park Beginning September 16, the Redmond Arts Studio invites you to Open Studio Hours each Sunday. Day sessions are available for $15, and more information can be found at

Introducing Melanie Noel Redmond’s Poet Laureate 2018-2019

Melanie Noel is the author of The Monarchs (Stockport Flats, 2013) and The Ringing , a chapbook forthcoming from Goodmorning Menagerie and her poems have also appeared in various publications. Most recently, she was a featured speaker at Poets in the Park at Anderson Park and led a poetry interactive at So Bazaar this August. Melanie is now planning a translation poetry reading series and is looking for help from Redmond residents who grew up speaking a language(s) other than English.


Winter Basketball Leagues Parks & Recreation

Youth and Middle/High School Basketball Activity runs November–March Cost: $130 residents, $156 non-residents Youth Athletes (ages 6 to 18) can register today to join us for weekday practice and Saturday games, starting in November.

Adaptive Recreation Community Basketball Activity runs November–January

Cost: $73 residents, $88 non-residents Specifically designed for athletes 15+ with intellectual or developmental disabilities, in addition to their friends and siblings. Join us for fun teamwork!

Volunteer Coaches Volunteers help coach over 800 youth basketball players each fall. Contact Katie Jones at for more information.

Register for activities at


The Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village offers 20,000 square feet of space with multipurpose meeting rooms, a drop-in fitness facility, a large atrium, and an outdoor back patio. All the rooms are available for rent, but there is more going on at the community center than rented space. Explore Your New Community Center

Fitness for All – Cardio and strength equipment and group exercise classes With options that range from yoga to spin classes and a state-of-the-art drop-in fitness area, the Redmond Community Center is a great place for anyone to work on their fitness goals. Stop by for a free trial and ask about When kids need a break from the great outdoors, the community center offers indoor toddler play time during the week featuring the brand-new virtual indoor playground, Eyeplay. Toddlers and parents can meet to enjoy some play time and connect with other families on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Birthday Party Packages Eyeplay can also be a part of your next event or birthday party. The community center offers 2-hour birthday packages that include a party host, time with Eyeplay, two rental rooms, and a whole lot of fun for everyone. Packages are available online now at the FlexFit Pass membership options. Indoor Toddler Play

Parents' Night Out Parents’ Night Out offers parents a place to drop children off to enjoyed themed activities, Eyeplay, and games while enjoying a night out for themselves. During the winter holiday season, look for Holiday Drop N’ Shop events where kids can stay and play while parents take a few hours to run all those holiday errands. Registration is available now at Creating Community in the Connect Zone Everyone is welcome to come in, connect, relax, and play in a community space that offers free WiFi, board games, and plenty of comfortable seating indoors and out. The Connect Zone is a free space available during all hours of operation designed to help bring people together in the community or just relax indoors.


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Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village

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Old Fire House Teen Center

Join Us Volunteer Opportunities For upcoming volunteer opportunities, email Maggie Roe at Now Hiring Apply at , or call our job hotline at 425-556-2121 Register for Classes and Activities Browse and register by visiting Meeting Spaces Rent out meeting rooms, cabins, park shelters and more by visiting

8703 160th Avenue NE Redmond, WA 98052 Phone: 425-556-2314 Email:

Redmond Senior Center

18+ Evenings & Weekends

19545 NE Redmond Road Redmond, WA 98053 Phone: 425-556-2309 Farrel-McWhriter

Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park

17535 NE 104th Street Redmond, WA 98052 Phone: 425-883-4422

Redmond Pool

Everyone Is Welcome Adaptive Recreation

7031 148th Avenue NE Redmond, WA 98052 Phone: 425-556-2376 Email:

Redmond Arts Studio

We encourage and support the participation of individuals with disabilities in our programs. For more information about inclusive and adaptive programs, contact Ali Hull at Scholarships We do not want financial hardship to stop you from participating in our programs. If you’re interested in learning more, please call 425-556-2300

For more information about Redmond Parks and Recreation and hours of operation, visit

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