Focus on Redmond - Fall 2019

Volume XXXIV No. 3 Fall 2019


Sound Transit Light Rail


Let’s Connect Redmond : A New Online Forum


Mid-year Progress Report

WelcomingWeek Events


programs and projects that will advance the City’s environmental initiatives. Technology & Information Services The new City website project is complete and now offers improved ADA assistance and translation software. Welcoming Redmond Full-time translation services are now available at the City Hall Customer Service Desk and via main phone lines at each community center. Infrastructure North/South Corridor Traffic Study – Phase 1 has been completed (data gathering), and Phase 2 is now in progress. Details will be available soon on how you can share your thoughts and experiences regarding Redmond’s north and south corridors. View the complete August update here: . As we all enjoy the end of summer and welcome the early days of fall, Council will finalize its Community Strategic Plan, and we will continue to provide progress reports to Council and the community regularly. Next up, we will be discussing action the City can take to secure its share of a state-approved local revenue sharing program for housing choices. This funding must be spent on projects

In July, we launched Let’ , the City’s new online involvement platform. We asked for your input on the Community Strategic Plan that Council drafted in May 2019, the Safety Strategic Plan and Derby Days. To date, over 1,200 community members have shared their thoughts on these three topics. Your involvement provides invaluable feedback to ensure that the City is aligning its priorities and work plan with the needs of the community members we serve. We are now more than halfway through 2019 and at the quarter mark of the City’s 2019-2020 budget. I am pleased to report Council, City staff and our community partners have made great progress on each of the initiatives in the Community Strategic Plan. A few of Council acted to sell the property that facilitates construction of 260 units of affordable/workforce housing at Esterra Park in the Overlake neighborhood. Environmental Sustainability The request for proposals process has been initiated to identify a firm, individual, or organization to review the status of the City’s environmental efforts and help the City identify the highlights are: Housing Choices

Council Notes




Parks & Recreation


that serve persons whose income is at or below sixty percent of the area median income. We also will be reaching out to the community to get your feedback on the public safety services the City currently offers. We want to hear from you! I encourage you to share your thoughts with us using LetsConnectRedmond. com , our app “Your Redmond,” stakeholder groups, or by contacting us via email or phone. Email: Phone: 425-556-2101

John Marchione Redmond Mayor

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

A look at East Link construction near Overlake Village Station in Redmond - June 5, 2019

Introducing Redmond’s New Online Community Conversation

Sound Transit Light Rail Update

“By taking our traditional open house format and putting it online, we hope that Let’s Connect will offer more people the opportunity to be heard and to influence City decision-making, at a place and time that works

Let’s Connect is Redmond’s new online open house - a place where the community can learn about several of Redmond’s upcoming plans, programs, and projects, and provide feedback, ask questions, and post comments to help inform decisions made by the City. “The City of Redmond is committed to problem-solving and data-based decision-making that is informed by our residents, employees, and businesses of Redmond,” said Mayor John Marchione.

more opportunities to provide timely feedback on decision-making that affected their community. We hope you will visit often, at a time that works for you. Since the program launched on July 8, over 1,200 community members have shared their thoughts on the Community Strategic Plan, Fire and Police Services, and Derby Days. Log on and have your say!

Written by Ryan Bianchi, Sound Transit East Link Extension

Rail has arrived in Redmond! Crews recently began installing the steel rails that will help light rail trains glide over local streets between Redmond and Bellevue. Besides laying tracks, crews have been spending a lot of time pouring concrete and installing conduit and safety barriers on newly formed bridges over area roadways. Much of the work happens at night to keep drivers safe and traffic moving. Sign up for construction alerts at EastLink to get the latest project alerts. At the two Redmond stations in Overlake (Overlake Village and Redmond Technology), you can now see the station platforms and canopies, and get a rough idea of how pedestrians will flow in and out. At Overlake Village Station, you can also see the concrete piers for a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will cross over SR 520 and connect the light rail station to the SR 520 regional bike trail. The steel bridge truss will be set in place this fall. At Redmond Technology Station, external steel and glass are popping up quickly at the future 320-stall parking garage. The East Link Extension project will officially become the Blue Line when service begins in 2023. The Downtown Redmond Link Extension project adds two more stations to the Blue Line starting in 2024. Downtown Redmond Link Extension Sound Transit’s board of directors has accepted the highest-ranked proposal for the design-build team that will take the Downtown Redmond Link Extension from concept to reality. If all goes according to schedule, the selected contractor could begin submitting final designs and construction permit applications later this year. Construction comes with unavoidable effects to nearby homes and businesses, and Sound Transit is committed to working with the community through the process. If your group or organization would like to learn more about specific project details, you can schedule a briefing through the outreach team listed at .

Jeralee Anderson Position #6

for their schedule.” Let’s Connect is a result of community focus groups and

Angela Birney Position #5 President

feedback collected in 2018, where participants expressed interest in

RESULTS FROM A RECENT QUESTIONNAIRE What are your favorite activities at Derby Days?

David Carson Position #7 Vice-President

Steve Fields Position #2











Hank Margeson Position #3

Stay Focused

Let's Get Social Don’t forget to connect with us!

Hank Myers Position #1

Follow along with upcoming projects at: Follow us on social media or subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter for the latest updates.

Tanika Padhye Position #4

Find more information and schedule a project briefing:

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East Link Extension:

Downtown Redmond Link Extension:

Learn more about your Redmond City Council at



Council Notes

Building an Inclusive and Welcoming Community

In May, City Council adopted the Community Strategic Plan, which sets the six-year vision for the City. The Plan focuses on: Housing Choices A Redmond with a variety of housing choices for all income levels that reflects our community. Environmental Sustainability A Redmond that creates a healthy, sustainable environment for all generations and conserves our natural resources, affords a high quality of life, and draws from scientific evidence-based data. Cultural Inclusion/Welcoming A Redmond in which all residents can fully and effectively access City services, influence City policy, and direction, and feel a sense of belonging and safety. Technology & Information Services Infrastructure A Redmond that is connected, smart, and future-focused, with highly- engaged users and customer-friendly products. Infrastructure (including transportation) A Redmond that is safe, multi-modal, green, and has high value for long- term infrastructure investments that support the future needs of Redmond.

Each priority will have a pie chart here (5 in total) that shows the percent that support this vision, support it and have additional feedback, and the percentage that doesn’t support it all. Thanks to the community for providing their feedback on the Community Strategic Plan through the City’s new “Let’s Connect” online platform. We will continue to provide updates on the progress of these initiatives throughout the remainder the year. As summer turns to fall, we are reflecting on all the uniquely Redmond community events that took place over the summer and we hope you were able to enjoy one or all of them with your family, friends, and/or neighbors. Also, if you haven’t had the chance, try out Redmond’s newest multi-modal form of transportation – the LIME electric scooter. For $1 plus 25¢ per minute, you can easily go from one side of Redmond to the other and enjoy the late summer weather.

In July, we asked for your feedback on this plan and here are the highlights of what we heard: Five community priorities are outlined in the draft strategic plan. How important are these community priorities to you?


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Migration is Beautiful By Oakland based artist Favianna Rodriquez September 13-22 Throughout Redmond Mid-Autumn Festival – Celebration of Asian Culture September 13, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Redmond Senior Center Tai Chi and Chinese Calligraphy September 13 and 20, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Redmond Senior Center Community Game Night September 13, 5 - 9 p.m. Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village GET INVOLVED GET INVOLVED Host a Welcoming Week event like a festival, cooking class, or volunteer project. Get ideas and support from Welcoming America. Attend - with more than 500 local events expected, there will likely be o e near you. Share on social media by posting photos with our “I’m a Welcomer” sign using #WelcomingWeek and #IWelcome. Show your support by purchasing “I’m a Welcomer” gear and be a part of the growing welcoming movement. Sh re o so ial edia by posting photos with our “I’m a Welcomer” sign using #WelcomingWeek and #IWelcome. Show your support by purchasing “I’m a Welcomer” gear and be a part of the growing w lcoming movement. Find events, sign up to host, download social media resources, and order m rchandise at . Host a Welcoming Week event like a festival, cooking class, or volunteer project. Get ideas and support from Welcoming America. Attend - with more than 500 local events expected, there will likely be one near you. BUILDING A NATION OF NEIGHBORS STARTS LOCALLY, WITH YOU . Welcomers are leading the way to affirm our values as a nation, and our movement is 40 million strong and growing. Celebrate Welcoming Week, and show the world how your community welcomes everyone, including immigrants and refugees. WELCOMING WEEK SEPT. 13–22, 2019 BUILDING A NATION OF NEIGHBORS STARTS LOCALLY, WITH YOU . Welcomers are leading the way to affirm our values as a nation, and our movement is 40 million strong and growing. Celebrate Welcoming Week, and show the world how your community welcomes everyone, including immigrants and refugees. Join the City of Redmond in celebrating Welcoming Week, a nationwide celebration of our country’s diverse cultures. The City will host events that encourage con ectivity a d dialogue. Creating Welcoming Communities September 17, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Redmond Library Public Safety Open House September 17, 4 - 6 p.m., City Hall Campus (outside the Public Safety Building) Storytime with Redmond Police September 18, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village Welcoming Week Wellness Workshop September 18, 6 - 8 p.m. Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village The Warrior Culture of the Philippines By the Bellevue Martial Arts Academy September 21, 12 - 3 p.m. Idylwood Beach Park in Redmond’s Moving Art Center Ask a Muslim or Two – What Does it Mean to Belong? September 21, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village RSVP required Find events, sign up to host, download social media resources, and order merchandise at . Multi-Cultural Community Pot-Luck Dinner September 14, 7 - 10 p.m. Old Firehouse Teen Center German Conversation Coffee Group September 17, 1 - 3 p.m. Redmond Senior Center

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Redmond is a global city that attracts people from all around the world. The Welcoming Redmond initiative focus is on how the City plans to make our community inclusive and welcoming, so that all residents can access city services, feel connected and safe, and influence our city’s direction. In support of City Council’s 2017 cultural inclusion resolution, the City is working towards the following goals outlined in the Community Strategic Plan: • Creating a staff team to connect to our diverse communities • Starting an outreach program to residents and businesses • Hosting events to involve and educate the community • Providing diversity training for all staff • Working with cultural partners across the Eastside • Reviewing policies to make sure they are fair and welcoming to all To learn more, please visit or email .

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Translation Services Enhancements The Customer Service Center now uses ThatTranslator tablets to accommodate over-the-counter translation needs. ThatTranslator is a Redmond based company that uses advanced technology to deliver accurate voice recognition and translation for a seamless experience. The application supports 22 languages with speech functionality and 62 languages through text.



Local Businesses Take Steps to Prevent Pollution

Fall Recycling Event Do you have an old mattress, bicycle, home appliance, or donatable item? Redmond is collecting these and many other items at our Fall Recycling Event. Please refer to the enclosed brochure or visit for a list of what is accepted, as well as restrictions.

A big THANKS to our local businesses who have made great strides in preventing pollution from hazardous materials – such as oil, gas, and paint – from ending up in our environment. Check out what we have done since 2011: 465 Businesses Visited 64,000 Gallons of Hazardous Materials Safely Managed

Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. City Maintenance and Operations Center 18120 NE 76th St. Redmond, WA 98052

Paper Shredding and Styrofoam Recycling

Businesses include:

• 17,000 gallons removed • 47,000 gallons properly stored to prevent leaks or spills

• Automotive • Dry Cleaning • Industrial

• Landscaping • Manufacturing • Medical

Do you have sensitive documents to shred and/or Styrofoam to recycle? The City of Redmond is hosting a special event for these two types of materials: Saturday, October 12 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. City Maintenance and Operations Center 18120 NE 76th St. Redmond, WA 98052 Please visit or call 425- 556-2811 for event guidelines and restrictions.

In addition, the following sites accept Styrofoam for recycling year-round: Shoreline Transfer Station 2300 N 165th St., Shoreline, WA 98133 Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 206-477-4466

How can I cut down on packaging waste? • Shop local, second-hand stores or websites • Consolidate orders or request items to be shipped together • Buy from companies committed to more sustainable packaging

How to DrainYour Backyard Pool

Styro Recycle 23418 68th Ave. S, Kent, WA 98032 Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Saturday & Sunday 253-838-9555

Option 3 If options 1 or 2 are not possible, non-saltwater pools can be drained to the street and storm drains ONLY if you have taken the following steps: 1. Let the pool water sit for 5-7 days without adding chlorine 2. Check the chlorine level; if it is above 0.10ppm, let the water sit longer or add neutralizing chemicals 3. Adjust pH between 6.5 and 8.5 4. Pool discharge water should not contain any detergents, wastes, algaecides, or other chemicals; or be cloudy, turbid, and stagnant Option 4 Contact a licensed wastewater/septic hauler. Call 425-556-2826 for assistance or more information.

Draining a pool or hot tub at the end of the season? Follow one of the safe methods below to protect Redmond’s streams and wildlife: Option 1 Drain or pump treated water to the sanitary sewer via a utility sink, bathtub, toilet, or a verified sewer cleanout. Option 2 Slowly drain water to grass or other vegetation, except near streams or other sensitive areas such as wetlands and steep slopes – or where neighbors or property may be impacted.

Prevent Flooding – Keep Storm Drains Clear

Help prevent neighborhood flooding and standing water on the roads by removing leaves and debris from storm drains. • Before rain falls, check storm drain grates and surrounding areas to make sure they are free of leaves and debris. • Rake or sweep leaves away from storm drains and gutters. • Dispose of leaves in your yard waste container or use them as a mulch in your garden. For ideas on how to dispose of large

quantities of leaves, contact Redmond’s Recycling Program at 425-556-2811. • Remind landscaping companies and your Homeowners Association to avoid blowing leaves into the street. • Never try to lift or remove storm drain grates.

For more ways to help keep Redmond clean and green, check out: .

Your neighborhood storm system is designed to capture, move, and release rainwater into the nearest stream or lake and to keep excess water from collecting.



Making Parks, Trails, and Facilities Accessible to All

Help Preserve and Increase Redmond’s Tree Canopy

In 2019, the City adopted a goal based on input from the community of 40% tree canopy coverage over a thirty-year time period. This goal represents a 200-acre increase in canopy from where we are today.

Download Planting and tree care tips, maintenance guides, and other resources

Attend A planting event Green Redmond Day Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m. – Noon Multiple locations 10-Year Green Redmond Partnership Celebration Thursday, September 19, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Farrel-McWhirter Park

Volunteer With the Green Redmond Partnership

Redmond strives to be a community where everyone can live, work, play, and invest – regardless of ability. To ensure access to these opportunities, the City is improving accessibility and compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) .

Parks and Trails

Tree Canopy Benefits

Tree Canopy coverage refers to

Redmond is now preparing to audit 26 City-owned or occupied buildings across 13 sites to identify barriers to access. The City is seeking to learn from a stakeholder advisory committee to help recommend solutions and prioritize improvements. The committee is open to all volunteers, but we are specifically looking for users of city facilities with or without disabilities, Redmond residents, or members of advocacy groups for people with disabilities. The committee will help shape the transition plan, provide input, and collect feedback from neighbors and others in the community. If you are interested in serving on this committee, would like to get involved, or want to learn more about what the City is doing to improve accessibility, please visit Facilities The City’s ADA plan will include short- and long-term projects that were prioritized based on input from a community stakeholder advisory committee and public outreach. In 2018, a comprehensive audit of all Redmond parks and trails was conducted, and priorities were developed to improve access to parks and trails. The committee was comprised of 10 members of the community, including people with disabilities, caregivers, and disability professionals. The committee provided valuable input about how people get around Redmond and experiences that can be improved.

the amount of area that is covered by tree foliage, and is an important indicator of environmental health, and a high priority of the community.

A total of $200,000 has been allocated to make improvements to parks and trails in 2020, with a plan to be finalized by early fall. Details about this plan and projects can be found at .

Quality Of Life • Creates beautiful scenery • Provides shade


• Provides shelter and food for wildlife


• Generates oxygen • Absorbs Carbon

Land & Soil • Protects & reinforces steep slopes • Creates new soil • Preserves land

Water • Protects streams and bodies of water • Improves the ground water supply

A total of $200,000 has been allocated to make improvements to City facilities.



Find Us

Hear From Us

Fall Activity Spotlight • 425-556-2300

Sign up for our Parks and Recreation newsletter! We’ll keep you informed weekly about events, activities, and classes! Sign up at .

Youth Basketball League Redmond’s Youth Basketball League encourages young athletes to learn about the sport and develop their basketball skills through constructive and enjoyable instruction. Participants focus on being team players and learn to interact with other children in a positive manner. The Youth Basketball League includes weekly practices and weekly Saturday games.

6505 176th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052 Phone: 425-556-2300

Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village

Old Fire House Teen Center

16510 NE 79th St Redmond, WA 98052 Phone: 425-556-2370

Join Us Volunteer Opportunities Visit Now Hiring for Recreation Staff! Apply at , or call our job hotline at 425-556-2121 . Register for Activities Browse and register for activities by visiting . Rent From Us Rent out meeting rooms, cabins, park shelters, and more by visiting . Be Social With Us

For more information, visit

Fall Plein Air Painting

Redmond Senior Center

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

Sip hot apple cider, enjoy the beautiful fall foliage, and experience plein air (outdoor painting) at Downtown Park. This class is taught under the pavilion.

18+ Evenings & Weekends

For more information, visit

Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park

19545 NE Redmond Rd Redmond, WA 98053 Phone: 425-556-2309

Redmond Arts Studio Culinary Classes! The City of Redmond has teamed up with award-winning sugar artist and Food Network Competitor Michele Sweeney for hands-on experiences with food and treats. The Art of Cakes: Build a cake masterpiece from start to finish. Gourmet Chocolates: Make fancy designer chocolates and take home a pound of finished chocolates. 3D Cookies: Build 3D cookie scenes made with fondant, royal icing, and edible color dusts.

Everyone Plays

Redmond Arts Studio at Grass Lawn Park

7031 148th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052

Inclusion Services We encourage and support the participation of individuals with disabilities in our activities. For more information about inclusive and adaptive activities, visit Fee Assistance Our desire is to make recreational opportunities available to all City of Redmond residents regardless of income. If you’re interested in learning more, please call 425-556-2300 .

For more information, visit

Redmond Pool

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

Redmond Parks and Recreation offers hundreds of classes and activities for all ages, interests, and skills. Check out our complete activity lineup in our Fall Activity Guide.

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Not Every HeroWears a Cape. Plan and PracticeYour Escape. Fire PreventionWeek, October 7 – 12

Open House Schedule

Join the Redmond Fire Department for Fire Prevention Week open houses where you can meet local firefighters, learn about making an emergency escape plan, try on real bunker gear, and tour your local station. Resources, schedule, and additional details are available at .

Thursday, Oct. 10, 6 - 8 p.m. STATION 12 4211 148th Avenue NE, Bellevue Friday, Oct. 11, 6 - 8 p.m. STATION 18 22710 NE Alder Crest Drive Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m . STATION 11 8450 161st Avenue NE

Monday, Oct. 7, 6 - 8 p.m. STATION 13 8701 208th Avenue NE STATION 14 5021 264th Avenue NE Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6 - 8 p.m. STATION 17 16917 NE 116th Street Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6 - 8 p.m. STATION 16 6502 185th Ave NE

Meet Sparky the Fire Dog! The City of Redmond assures that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or gender, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. For more information about Title VI, please visit 无歧视声明可在本市的网址 上查阅 | El aviso contra la discriminación está disponible en

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