Frequently Asked Questions
Naming of the building:
Redmond City Council adopted Resolution No. 1516, on April 26, 2019, that established policies and procedures for the naming of public parks and recreation related facilities. It is the policy of the City of Redmond to choose names for public parks and park and recreation facilities based upon the site’s relationship to the following criteria:
- Neighborhood, geographic or common usage identification;
- A natural or geological feature;
- An historical figure, place, event, or other instance of historical or cultural significance;
- An individual (living or deceased) who has made a significant land and/or monetary contribution to the park system or who has had the contribution made “in memoriam”; and when the name has been stipulated as a condition of the donation;
- An individual who has contributed outstanding civic service to the City of Redmond and who has been deceased for a period of at least two years.
The City Council designates the name of public parks and park and recreation facilities per Resolution No. 1516. The City Council will make its selection after receiving a recommendation from the Redmond Parks and Trails Commission, based upon public input from individuals and organizations.
Submissions were collected from key stakeholder groups such as the RSCC Stakeholders’ Group, Senior Advisory Committee, Parks & Trails Commissions, Parks & Recreation staff, and the Arts & Culture Commission. The submission list was than narrowed to 3 names by parks and recreation staff. Public feedback was collected at the groundbreaking ceremony, promoted on the https://www.facebook.com/RedmondParks, Parks & Recreation – Senior page, City Facebook page, Parks eNewsletter, and the City eNewsletter directing people to a Let’s Connect questionnaire hosted on www.redmond.gov.
338 community responses were gathered via the Let’s Connect questionnaire for the following names:
- Red Oak Community Center – 162 (47.9%)
- Redmond Senior & Community Center – 133 (39.3%)
- Downtown Redmond Senior & Community Center – 43 (12.7%)
When analyzing the public feedback, there were over 30 comments received including comments from seniors, that explicitly stated why they felt the word senior should not be included. The primary reason is that seniors are a vital part of the community, and the name is meant to represent a welcoming and inclusive space of all Redmond residents.
Throughout community engagement, community members expressed during the design process that the name “Redmond Senior & Community Center” implied that this space was only for seniors and did not feel that their feedback was important to the process. Additionally, senior centers throughout the region have moved toward more inclusive naming such as the Edmonds Waterfront Center to be representative of the community in which it exists.
The Parks and Trails Commission discussion on July 7, 2022 focused on whether “Senior” should be part of name but determined that “Community” is inclusive of all the people who would use the center. After discussion, a motion passed 4:3 in favor of the “Red Oak Community Center” that will be going to the City Council in August 2022.
From the beginning of the design, the community spoke to the importance of feeling as though the building was centered in the northwest. The Red Oak Community Center is in recognition of the landmark oak tree located between the new community center and City Hall. The tree is a beloved landmark that has often been used for holiday tree lightings and other community events. Additionally, the architect utilized the Red Oak as design inspiration for the kid’s zone space which looks out into the tree to create a "tree house" feel in the space. The screens surrounding the gymnasium were created artistically to have a similar treehouse effect – particularly when sunlight comes through them into the active recreation space. Lastly, the oak tree served as an anchor along the south side of the building and influenced the footprint on municipal campus.
A significant tree is defined as (RZC 21.78) any healthy tree six inches in diameter at breast height (DBH), or any tree four inches DBH, after considering its age, height, value, or function, the tree or stand is determined to be significant. A landmark tree is defined as (RZC 21.78) any healthy tree over 30 inches in diameter.
Redmond Zoning Code (RZC 21.72) requires a minimum of 35 percent of all on-site significant trees to be retained. 31 trees will be removed, 41 trees will be impacted, and 72 trees (or 49%) will be retained (including tree 161), which exceeds the 35% minimum requirement. Note that 41 trees are impacted due to work in their vicinity, but a certified arborist has determined these trees are expected to survive.
To satisfy the requirements outlined in RZC 21.72, the city will add 199 new trees that will be planted through both on-site and off-site replacements to mitigate the removal/impact of trees. Replacement species will be both evergreen and deciduous with a variety of maples, cedars, oak, dogwood, locust, and pine.
All construction activities will be required to meet tree protection standards covered in RZC 21.72 through an established Tree Protection Zone (TPZ) for all trees remaining on site. Barriers will be placed five feet out from the dripline of each tree prior to any land disturbance. Any entry or work within the TPZ of retained or impacted trees will need to occur under the direct supervision of a certified arborist. If roots are found during excavation, the certified arborist will help direct crews to make a “clean-cut” on roots to maintain tree health.
Significant trees that are either removed or impacted by construction are considered a removed tree per the definition from RZC 21.78. Trees within the shoreline zone are replaced at a ratio dictated by their size per RZC 21.68. Trees outside the shoreline are replaced at 1:1 ratio. Due to one landmark tree being impacted (not removed), tree replacements for this impact were calculated at a 3:1 ratio. Minimum sizes for replacement trees shall be two-and-one-half-inch caliper for deciduous trees, or six feet in height for evergreen trees.
The proposed planting plan incorporates native plants at a greater extent than currently exists on site. This represents an improvement in habitat value and no plants currently identified as invasive or noxious are proposed for replanting. Many of the native species selected will provide forage and habitat for wildlife. In addition, nonnative trees and shrubs provide some habitat due to increased canopy and cover upon existing conditions. Nonnative flowering perennials will also provide pollinator habitat.
The Municipal Campus pickleball courts are adjacent to an active construction zone for the new senior and community center. In the interest and safety of all, the Municipal Campus pickleball courts will close on Monday, August 8 and remain closed until Spring 2023, when it is safe to reopen. To find alternative pickleball courts within Redmond, please visit www.redmond.gov/Pickleball
How to give feedback:
We want to listen to ideas from our community and the best place to do that is via the Parks, Arts, Recreation, Culture, and Conservation (PARCC) Plan update. This functional plan guides managing and enhancing our parks, playgrounds, community centers, forests, and trails. It also informs future programs, activities, and events. Your feedback will help make sure parks and recreational programs meet the needs of our growing and diverse community.