|June 24, 2013
—Amidst all the current clang of construction and day to day activity in Downtown Redmond, you may notice a new regional trail taking shape. The new trail runs from the Sammamish River Trail to the Bear Creek Trail, parallel to Cleveland Street and Redmond Town Center. This one mile paved trail, the Redmond Central Connector, is intended as a key destination in Downtown featuring integrated art and landscaping designed by The Berger Partnership. The Redmond Central Connector when fully completed will accommodate thousands of trail users a day, attracting bicyclists, pedestrians and other users from throughout the region. The direct access into Redmond’s Downtown district creates greater access to experience our many amenities and local businesses.
The project includes commissioned artwork by Seattle artist John Fleming called Redmond’s Erratic, located at the corner of Cleveland Street and 166th Ave NE, adjacent to REI at Redmond Town Center. This piece takes its origin from Redmond’ small town roots, our commitment to nature and our rich history. Fleming modeled this landform after a glacial erratic, which is a massive boulder dropped by a glacier. The structure of the landform includes custom gabion frames filled with rock and covered with a welded quilt of steel plates salvaged from the former Burlington Northern -Santa Fe rail bed that previously inhabited the trail. Redmond’s Erratic is comprised of three pieces, representing an erratic that has cracked open, revealing a geode the glows with interactive LED lights. The artwork and trail will be open to the public in the fall of 2013. More details about the community event will be announced soon.
The City has contracted with Otak, a multi-disciplinary international engineering firm with a local office in Kirkland to design the second phase of the Redmond Central Connector, from the Sammamish River to Overlake Christian Church and DigiPen Institute of Technology along Willows Road in the Sammamish Valley. This project will include integrated art that will be designed by the Otak team and the artist team of Kempson, Marshall and Keene who have received acclaim for their innovative reimagining of historic Nord Alley in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Construction of this 1.3 mile trail segment is anticipated to be completed in 2014-2015 when the entire Redmond Central Connector will lead into the East Lake Sammamish Trail; extend north to Kirkland, Bellevue, and Renton on the mainline and to Woodinville and Snohomish County along the spur.
For more information about this project, please go to www.redmond.gov/rcc
or contact Carolyn Hope at 425-556-2313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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