Aug 6th Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Centennial Park Expansion Project
On August 6th, 5:30 p.m., the City of Redmond will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the newly expanded portion of Centennial Park. The ceremony will be hosted on the park’s stage, located on the corner of 9th St. and Evergreen Ave. The ceremony will occur prior to Redmond Police Department’s National Night Out event, slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. in the park.
“Redmond built Centennial Park a decade ago in honor of the City's centennial. What we celebrate today is the completion of the park's original vision," said City of Redmond Mayor, George Endicott.
The expansion project’s design and planning effort was led by a citizen task force appointed by City Administration and chaired by council member Joe Centanni. The Centennial Park Expansion Project task force included representatives for handicap accessibility, land use development, the Chamber of Commerce, parks, law enforcement, the Redmond branch of the Deschutes County Library, the Downtown Urban Renewal Advisory Committee and from the neighborhood itself to ensure inclusivity and conscientiousness throughout the planning process.
“The expansion is intended to differ from Redmond’s other parks by functioning as a civic space rather than a community park with playgrounds,” said Annie McVay, the Parks Division Manager.
SZABO landscape architecture firm, hired to design the park expansion, created an open and green space that more closely resembles a plaza and differs from the pre-existing Centennial Park. Key design elements residents can look forward to are the historical walking path designed to provide a physical link from City Hall to the downtown district core, community enriching historical markers that will provide residents with some of Redmond’s rich history, a stage that will create an outdoor public forum and a reading nook intended for the Library’s summer programs.
“In total, the park was budgeted for approximately 2.5 million but as the parks nears completion estimated costs are coming in under budget, closer to 2.2 million,” said McVay. The project received funding through Urban Renewal and was constructed contractor Kirby Nagelhout Construction.