Focus on Redmond - Spring 2018

Volume XXXII No. 1 Spring 2018



Light Rail Construction

Norma Leicester Shares Her Redmond Story with the Mayor

Downtown Parking


Norma Leicester is a long-time resident of Redmond. A retired special education school teacher, she lives at Providence John Gabriel House and can often be

After going away to college, embarking on a teaching career and living other places, you returned to Redmond. What are the biggest differences that you saw? Redmond had changed so much. berry fields along the Sammamish Slough. Microsoft had located its corporate headquarters in Overlake, transforming fields into office buildings. When I first moved here, there were only about 350 people, and my family was four of them. When I returned, a lot more people were living here. Redmond was growing. Do you wish Redmond was still the way it was when you were growing up, or do you prefer the way it is now? People always ask me that question and it’s hard to say. I think back nostalgically of when I was a kid. I knew the people in the neighborhood. I was over at my neighbors’ houses all the time. I wish that were still true for kids now both in Redmond and elsewhere. Everyone these days seems to be in such a hurry. One thing I really like about Redmond now is that there are people from Stores and businesses had replaced the cattle farm and

Updated Park Rules


Parks & Recreation


Mayor John Marchione

different nationalities and cultures that were never here when I was growing up. How wonderful and incredible it is that we can experience this in Redmond. While it can sometimes be confusing to hear people speaking different languages or display different customs that we’re not used to, it’s exciting to experience the world through other people’s eyes. That is how we grow as part of a community. You have choices of where you can live. Why Redmond? I have friends here who love me and I love them. A while back, I was concerned that I’d have to move away when my housing costs continued to increase. A serendipitous encounter with someone at the City [government] made me aware that new apartments were being built near City Hall that would be more affordable for seniors. I feel so incredibly appreciative that I am able to continue to live here in Redmond. It’s home.

found at a local coffee shop sharing her zest for living life to its fullest. What was Redmond like when you first lived here? My family and I moved to the area from Puyallup when I was just a young girl. We briefly rented a house on the east side of Lake Sammamish but moved into a big white house in town near Redmond Elementary School to be closer to my father’s business. In fact, the house is still there but is used for a business now. Later on, we moved to a house up on Education Hill that my parents built. I remember putting on skating performances with the girls next door in the basement of their house. During Fourth of July, we’d all get together with the other families in the neighborhood, and there would be a fireworks show. All the families relied upon one another in the neighborhood, creating a real sense of community.

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.

S O U N D T R A N S I T : Light Rail Construction Moving Right Along

Written by Ryan Bianchi, Sound Transit Community Outreach Division

relocated bus and shuttle stops, demolished buildings and began ground work for the future station platform and 350-stall parking garage. Current work at the Overlake Village Station site includes utility relocations and construction of a stormwater runoff filtration vault. Guideway columns and girders will begin to be visible in Redmond this year. Cranes, excavation equipment and a lot of rebar can be seen in Bellevue, Mercer Island and Seattle. Tunneling crews have excavated more than half of the Downtown Bellevue tunnel, and work has begun to retrofit the I-90 floating bridge for light rail.

Sound Transit’s East Link Extension Project kicked off construction in the Overlake area in the summer of 2017. Though we are still five years from opening day, anyone who travels the corridor can see that the entire 14-mile route is already under construction. East Link – construction from Redmond to Seattle East Link’s most visible work in Redmond started last summer when crews closed the Overlake Transit Center Park and Ride to make room for construction of the Redmond Technology Center Station. Crews

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Angela Birney Position #5 President

David Carson Position #7 Vice-President

Downtown Bellevue tunnel excavation

Steve Fields Position #2

Hank Margeson Position #3

Hank Myers Position #1

Tanika Padhye Position #4

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Doing something that has never been done before – crossing a floating bridge by train The Homer Hadley Bridge that carries I-90 between Mercer Island and Seattle will soon be the first floating bridge in the world to carry train traffic. Floating bridges are designed to move to accommodate wind, waves and water levels, and though cars and trucks are able to freely roll across expansion joints, rails need to stay in place. To accommodate the bridge’s six different ranges of motion, Sound Transit designed and tested a first-of-its-kind “track bridge.” It is essentially a bridge on the bridge that rests on a series of bearings and plates that keep the tracks in place as the bridge moves. Crews built two full-scale track bridges and tested them at the Transportation Technology Center in Colorado. The track bridge design works so well that Popular Science magazine named it one of 2017’s most important engineering innovations. East Link is not the end of the line – two more Redmond stations are on track for 2024 Just one year after trains begin running to Overlake, Sound Transit will extend more than three miles further into Redmond, opening stations in SE Redmond (including 1,400 parking stalls) and terminating at an elevated station in Downtown Redmond. Since the project began in late 2016, thousands of people have participated in project development by attending open houses, community meetings or via an online survey. Through this outreach process, the community preferred an elevated station in Downtown Redmond and asked for designs

Assembly of a rebar cage for an elevated guideway column along SR 520 in Redmond

“Since the project began in late 2016, thousands of people have participated in project development...”

Site prep at the Redmond Technology Center Station

that respect Redmond’s natural environment and landscapes. The team is now working to design the project to optimize bus connections, bicycle and pedestrian access, vehicle routes and parking, and connections to regional trails. Sound Transit plans to select a design-‑build contractor in 2019.

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The Two-way Conversion in Downtown is

Dynamic Messaging Signs With this project, Redmond installed overhead electronic message signs along Redmond Way. These signs are controlled from our Traffic Management Center at City Hall and alert drivers to travel times on Redmond Way, Cleveland Street, and Bear Creek

Traffic Signals Signal timing plans were also

completely revamped with the two- way conversion. We use four different timing plans for different times of day to keep traffic moving.

Complete. NowWhat?

We know traffic can be frustrating. Like the rest of the Puget Sound region, we are experiencing rapid growth. Envisioned in our City’s Transportation Master Plan approved in 2013, we recently completed the Downtown Two-Way Conversion Project. Redmond Way and Cleveland Street both feature two-way travel lanes from 160th Avenue NE to Avondale Way. Pedestrian street crossings are shorter, and as redevelopment occurs, sidewalks will get wider to allow for more active uses. Redmond Way now carries the majority of vehiculars traffic as the main road for Downtown and has a center turn lane to allow easier access to businesses. Cleveland Street is our “main street” with wider sidewalks inviting pedestrians and outdoor dining. SR 520 and Bear Creek Parkway can be used as bypass routes.

Parkway – giving drivers real-time data to make informed choices about the best route available. This information displays when travel times are significantly different between routes. Travel

calculations are done by measuring the time it takes for anonymized

Bluetooth devices (data with no personal info) in vehicles to travel between the two signs. The signs can also display other traffic- related information, such as road closures or major events.


On weekdays, most signals are coordinated from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Timings were adjusted dozens of times over the first few months of two-way traffic. We are still making minor changes and need your feedback! Send us the specific locations where traffic doesn’t seem to flow properly, including the time of day. Call us at 425-556-2900 or email . Next up, Redmond will be implementing an adaptive traffic signal system in the next year that automatically adjusts signal timings when traffic volumes fluctuate due to special events, weather or road closures. Find Downton businesses at

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Where can I park in Downtown Redmond today?

Downtown Parking

Management Strategic Plan

On-street Parking • Free on-street parking is available with time limits (signed as 1, 2 or 3 hours) Restrictions are in effect Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays. • Monthly paid parking permits for all- day on-street parking in designated extended parking areas are $50/ month. Call Diamond Parking at 425- 556-2433, and press option 1 to purchase. • Daily paid parking passes are $5/ day and can be purchased from a pay station in the Redmond Central Connector Public Parking Lot. Redmond Central Connector Public Parking Lot • Located at 7541 Leary Way, the entrance is on Bear Creek Parkway. • Parking for 0-4 hours is free. Over 4 hours is $5.00. • Pay parking is Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. but free outside of these hours and on holidays and weekends. General Parking On-site parking may be available with your employer, residence or the business you are visiting. Disabled, motorcycle or scooter parking is available in all areas for unlimited use, excluding loading and no parking zones.

Downtown Redmond is transforming! As we concentrate growth in our urban centers, we will have more residents, visitors, commuters and employees Downtown. Downtown Park will open in 2018, and light rail will arrive in 2024! It’s exciting news, but we also know it raises concerns about parking. Parking management is critical to the success of Downtown Redmond as it grows into both a vibrant destination and bustling neighborhood. Earlier this year, we asked the community to help us with a Downtown Parking Management Strategic Plan. Volunteers from the community are serving on a new Advisory Committee in 2018 to help develop the Downtown Parking Strategic Plan.

representatives and meets one or two times a month to guide the work of City staff and provide input to help shape parking policy. In the first phase, the team is developing a conditions report that will include a complete picture of existing parking resources and will assist in understanding how they are being managed. The existing conditions report will also identify details that affect parking conditions such as striping, signage, location/ number of public and private parking spots and how often they are being utilized. In later phases, the committee will identify opportunities and constraints and then develop recommendations to efficiently manage parking moving forward. A final implementation plan will provide a road map for implementing the recommendations. For more information, check .

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The Customer Experience A Top Priority In Redmond

Commitment to service is a core value at the City of Redmond. Over the last year, significant changes have been made to improve the experience that residents, businesses and visitors have when engaging with the City both virtually and in person. The new Customer Service Center opened at City Hall in December 2017, offering a more accessible and customer-focused approach to receive information and services when visiting the building. Friendly staff greet you on the 1st floor immediately as you walk through the doors. This one-stop-shop location will help you with processing financial transactions, obtaining business licenses, notary services, getting you checked in for business with Development Services and nearly any other process or information that you may need. Accompanying the physical improvements to City Hall is the implementation of a customer request management (CRM) system. “Your Redmond” is the new virtual service that will enable customers to easily search articles and frequently asked questions, report issues, request services and have quick access to City news, events and social media sites. “Your Remdond” is straightforward and easy to use. Implementing this CRM system will also provide efficiencies for City operations. Service requests will automatically route to the appropriate employees responsible for troubleshooting the concern or

The Customer Service Division and City Council celebrated the opening of the new Customer Service Center on Jan 23, 2018.

fulfilling the requests, communication will be streamlined and higher quality, more accurate and meaningful data will be produced. These changes will result in improved staff capacity, the ability to evaluate trends and make improvements based on the findings. Problem areas can be corrected, policies and procedures adjusted and service levels changed, which all lead to the ultimate goal of enriching the customer’s experience and demonstrating the City’s commitment to service.

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You can receive emails or texts if you choose to be updated on the status of your request. Available as a mobile app for iOS and Android, it is sure to be a successful way to keep you informed on “Your Redmond” and help City staff stay on top of any issues.

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May is Bike Month! Bike-to-School Day is May 9 Almost 2,000 students from Redmond’s six elementary, two middle and one high school participate in the Redmond SchoolPool program, including Bike-to-School Day & Month! Keep a look out for extra cyclists around our schools throughout the month of May.

From 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62%. Redmond participates in National Bike Month every May, and you can join the fun and try riding your bike! Bike-to-Work day & Redmond Bike Bash The party for people who bike… and those who want to! Friday, May 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Redmond Central Connector Park Music! Food trucks! Bike shops! Beer garden! Give-a-ways! Bike Skills Clinics!

Bicycle Resources • Learn to ride or improve your bike skills with Go Redmond Adult Cycling Classes • Protect your melon with $10 helmets from the Redmond Police Department • Bike maps are available at City Hall, the Community Center, the Redmond Library, local parks or online at • A series of short videos on bicycling safely in Redmond is available at Safety Tips for Drivers Even if you don’t ride a bike, practice these tips when you’re driving to keep roads safe for people biking. • Don’t cross into bike lanes - wait until the bike lane is dashed to merge • Do not park in bike lanes • Look twice for people walking or biking before turning at intersections • When parked, look behind you for people biking before opening the door



The City of Redmond runs a successful commercial composting (food scraps) collection program that includes service to businesses, schools and multifamily housing properties. In 2017, the commercial food scraps program sent 70 trucks full of food scraps to a local facility where they were turned into compost in just eight weeks. That’s over 1.4 million pounds of waste kept out of the landfill! Currently, there are 195 businesses,

“When food scraps are composted, it keeps waste of out the landfill,” said City of Redmond Natural Resource Program Administrator Stacey Auer. “This helps the City stay clean and green and helps us meet King County’s waste diversion goals, which in turn extends the life of the Cedar Hills landfill.” Redmond businesses, schools and multifamily garbage customers may add up to three 64-gallon food scrap carts serviced twice a week at no additional charge. City staff works directly with businesses, schools and multifamily housing to set up and maintain their organics composting service. This assistance is offered at no charge.

1.4 million lbs composted!

28 multifamily properties, 9 City facilities, and 11 schools participating in the commercial organics composting program.

Approximately 65% of the businesses that produce substantial amounts of food waste in Redmond participate in the program.

To learn more, or to add food scraps composting to your service, call 425-556-2745 or email .


Redmond Residents “Save” Food Did you know over 25% of the food we buy typically doesn’t get eaten? For the average family of four, that equals $1,300 per year. Recently, a group of Redmond residents Among the most cited strategies were tricks for storing produce to last longer. For example, apples In addition, participants recommended creative ways to use up leftovers, such as tracking what needs to be used up on a whiteboard or planning meals around

decided to do something to prevent wasted food. They signed up online to spend three weeks completing the Food Waste Challenge and testing out strategies to “save” food before it becomes waste. The results were surprising: 95% of participants noticed a decrease in the amount of food going to waste in their households, with one-third of participants estimating a 20-30% reduction.

leftover ingredients. When asked what they would continue to do to make sure food gets eaten, nearly 50% mentioned shopping in smaller quantities, avoiding impulse buys or even making more frequent (yet smaller) trips to the store. Overall, these experiences will help shape a community-wide effort to keep food from going to waste. Congratulations to the Food Waste Challenge participants! Please stay tuned for more Food: Too Good to Waste opportunities this year.

stay crisper in the fridge, and herbs like cilantro and parsley can stay fresh for weeks if kept in a glass jar with a plastic bag over the top (creating the ideal moisture conditions for leafy herbs).

Report Spills See a spill? Say something! Except for water, anything spilled on the pavement could spell disaster for local streams and the people and pets who play in them. Please call Redmond’s 24-hour spill hotline at 425-556-2868 to deploy resources and technical assistance for any spill – accidental or otherwise.


New Park Rules Effective March 31, 2018

What should I do if I see a rule being broken? Often, park staff and police provide education and reminders on park rules, and enforcement from police isn’t even needed. If you see behavior or an incident that makes you feel unsafe, or is a risk to public safety or property, call 911 immediately. If you need park staff, call 425.556.2300.

Do you know what a fakir or bootlegger is? Neither do we! But those were some items in our old set of Park Rules that hadn’t been updated since 1994. Park Rules are the laws that address criminal and civil behaviors on all City park and trail properties and can be found in our Redmond Municipal Code Chapter 9.31. A team of City staff reached out to public advisory commissions, various community and interest groups and

other agencies to study issues and collect input to shape a new set of rules. We also conducted an online poll and held a public forum. The result is a set of park rules that ensures community amenities are safe, clean, welcoming to all—and most importantly—reflect what users want to see and experience in our parks and trails. What did we hear? See the four points below... Read all the rules or learn more at





eBikes Regulation of eBikes on trails – Over 55% of the 374 poll respondents supported eBikes on trails, but many in our community had concerns about safety. Ebikes will be allowed on City trails, but a 15 mph speed limit has been set to manage speeds.

Drones Flying Drones – There was not much public support to broadly allow drones or other remote controlled models. While they will remain prohibited, they can be allowed with a permit.

Camping Many in our community do not support camping in public parks or trails. Therefore, our new rules continue to prohibit camping - no one is allowed in a public park or on a trail after park hours.

Smoke-Free Overwhelming support for smoke-free parks and trails – 85% of the public supported smoke-free parks. Smoking of all types, including vaping, is not allowed in any city park or trail.


Council Notes

2018 Neighborhood Conversations Come share what’s on your mind with your neighbors and elected officials. Join us for our upcoming meetings: Thursday, March 29 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. Audubon Elementary Thursday, April 26 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village

This year brought changes on Redmond’s Council. We thank

Sustainability, Green Infrastructure) 5. Cultural Inclusion (Accomplish something meaningful in the spirit of the cultural inclusion resolution) 6. Budgeting/Finance (Recommit to the price of government process) 7. Salary (Review of Mayoral and Council salaries) We are committed to better serving our residents. The Council recently celebrated the opening of the City’s new Customer Service Center. As you walk into City Hall, you are greeted by city staff and experience enhanced customer service to address your needs. We also encourage residents to get involved in local government. Many sitting councilmembers got their start as city volunteers. Opportunities that are currently available are advertised on the City’s website, . Looking for some indoor recreation? Please check out the City’s new Community Center at Marymoor Village. It’s a beautiful modern space with programs for the whole family. Join us for the grand opening March 24, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

former Councilmembers John Stilin and Byron Shutz for their years of service. Three Council members, Jeralee Anderson, Steve Fields and Tanika Padhye (formerly an appointed member) were newly elected, bringing their unique perspectives and experiences. When we held our annual retreat at the end of January, our objective was to not only set our goals for the year but also to get to know one another. As we shared the different backgrounds and viewpoints we bring, a value common among each of us is that we all care about our wonderful city and want see it to continue to thrive. Through the course of the retreat, some of our common goals emerged: 1. Affordable Housing (Accessory Dwelling Units, New Technologies) 2. Explore New Ideas/Engage in Learning (Green Infrastructure, Zero Emissions) 3. Public Engagement (Overall conversations

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Parks and Recreation Summer Camps for Kids and Teens in Redmond

Come Out and Play! City of Redmond Parks and Recreation offers an abundance of summer day camp options for all ages and interests. From part-day to full-day, preschool to teen, you're sure to find a camp that fits your family's needs.


Camp Options Include: Sports and Fitness

STEM Prevent summer learning loss and keep your child’s mind active with enriching STEM camps from a variety of local area experts. Opportunities to explore technology with TechVenture Kids and stimulate curiosity while experimenting with Mad Science are just the beginning of your child’s options. The City of Redmond Parks and Recreation STEM camps make writing, reading and math “magical” learning experiences. Outdoor Adventure and Education Immerse your child in the great outdoors this summer with our Farrel-McWhirter Farm School and Nature Vision outdoor camps. Learn about where our food comes from, taking care of our environment, navigating the wilderness and more through hands-on learning in a beautiful setting.

Whether your young athlete is looking to try a new sport or fine tune specific skills, we have half and full-day camp options to suit your needs. This summer, join high-quality community partners such as I9 Sports, Skyhawks and UK Elite for everything from past favorites like baseball, basketball and tennis, to new offerings such as fencing, lacrosse, ice skating and more. Teen and Tween The Old Firehouse Teen Center (OFTC) is the place to be for summer! OFTC camps are designed with the teen camper in mind and sure beat a summer spent on the couch. Teens will look forward to activities like learning to code, photography, creating 3D animation and more. Arts Enrichment Create your way to an imaginative summer experience with City of Redmond arts camps. Nurture your child’s artistic side with weeklong camps that suit students of all skill levels and are focused on a wide variety of specific art forms including theater, music, dance, sculpting, painting and other mediums.


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Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village

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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 Rent from Us! Rent out meeting rooms, cabins, park shelters and more by visiting

Redmond Senior Center

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Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park

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Redmond Pool

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

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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 Scholarship 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

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