We sense the signs all around us. Whether it’s the start of the Redmond Saturday Market, the scent of freshly mowed grass or the timeless sounds of Little League baseball, spring is in full bloom with summer in close pursuit. It’s during this time of year, with so much happening throughout the City in our neighborhoods, parks and urban centers, that I’m especially proud to serve as your Mayor.
Warmer weather and longer days provide greater opportunities for residents and visitors alike to enjoy our community’s streams, rivers and vast natural resources through bike riding, walking, and relaxing in our parks and numerous open spaces. These natural resources are vital components in our community’s high quality of life, and we all take great pride in protecting and maintaining them. This summer, City crews and contractors will tackle several stream and creek enhancement projects, ranging from Tosh Creek near West Lake Sammamish to restoration work in the City’s Watershed Park. These projects exemplify Redmond’s ongoing commitment to create a healthy balance between our built and natural environments.
You have no doubt observed the three construction cranes working above our downtown skyline. The cranes represent a carefully planned approach to growth in our community. Like all cities in Washington State, Redmond is required to develop and implement strategies to effectively deal with future population growth as outlined in the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA). Several years ago, the City made a commitment to protect our traditional neighborhoods by concentrating much of this projected growth in our Downtown and Overlake urban centers. The new buildings offer a variety of housing options that are attractive not only to singles but to young families and empty-nesters as well. These developments in combination with the new Redmond Central Connector project, art installations, and the ongoing evolution of the downtown park will round out a variety of mixed-use spaces designed to meet the needs of our growing population while helping keep vital tax dollars at home. In Overlake, a similar process is occurring with the first phase of demolition and preparation of the Overlake Village master plan located on the former Group Health site. This project will be a catalyst for developing a cohesive, unique and vibrant community amid one of the nation’s most important high-tech corridors. City investments in road improvements and utility upgrades along NE 20th and NE 24th Streets will take place this summer in support of these coming changes.
Our other neighborhoods continue to play active roles in managing their futures by participating in the City’s Neighborhood Master Plans program. I encourage you to find out what’s happening in your community by visiting the City’s Neighborhood pages. There you’ll find links to each neighborhood’s master plan and a number of other valuable resources. The arrival of summer also means Redmond Derby Days and our National Night Out are not far behind. The 73rd edition of our Derby Days’ community event kicks off on Friday, July 12, and promises to be bigger and better than ever, drawing thousands of your friends and neighbors to the City Hall campus to celebrate Redmond’s very unique character and spirit. Remember to drop by the City’s interactive booth featuring a variety of fun activities designed to engage, inform and entertain. Our National Night out program is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, so look for future information
about planned activities in your neighborhood.
On behalf of the City, I wish everyone a happy and safe summer. See you at Derby Days!
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Redmond has a strong Mayor/Council, non-partisan form of government. Seven council members and the Mayor, all representing the community at large, are each elected directly by the people for staggered four-year terms. The City Council adopts the City budget, establishes law and policy, approves appropriations and contracts, levies taxes and grants franchises.