Redmond's Community Centers
What's next?

Thank you for your interest in the future of Redmond’s Community Centers! Our first step in this process was to collect feedback from the Redmond community. We’ve taken this information and have begun planning out our next steps. Please scroll down the page to review our short-term and long-term plans.

Short-term Plan

Use of Old Redmond School House Changing

The City currently offers a diverse range of recreation programs and services out of the Old Redmond School House Community Center (ORSCC), a 40,000 square foot facility located at 16600 NE 80th St.

The City has a long-term partnership of sharing space with Lake Washington School District (LWSD), owners of the ORSCC. However, as part of the LWSD long-term facilities planning, they will be remodeling ORSCC for district preschool programs serving special needs and low-income families.

The current lease between the City and LWSD will end in June 2018 to allow time for renovations.

Exterior View of Lake Washington Institute of Technology As the City prepares for the use of ORSCC to change, several options were evaluated for relocating programs. A key solution for ensuring continuity of service and programs was finding suitable space elsewhere to lease. Staff evaluated many different options and recommended a public, educational building in the Marymoor area, the Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) Redmond Campus at 6505 176th Ave. NE. Built in 2005, the 20,000 square foot LWTech campus has seven classrooms, a tiered classroom with stadium seating, café, state of the art media and sound, and ample parking.

Stairwell inside the Lake Washington Institute of Technology On June 6 council and the Mayor approved the City to sign a two-year lease to occupy LWTech effective Dec. 1, 2017, to serve as an interim community center.

The campus cannot house all programs due to size and room limitations, so some programming will be moved to the Redmond Senior Center, Teen Center, and LWSD schools. The City is actively working with program providers and rental user groups to identify spaces for their services.

Staff anticipates winter programming will start in these new locations by Jan. 1, 2018. Once details are finalized, the City will let the community know where each program will be located. If you have immediate questions, please call Parks and Recreation Guest Services staff at 425-556-2300.

The LWTech interim community center will be in place as the City works to implement long-term solutions that meet community priorities and needs, as outlined in the 2017 Redmond’s Community Centers outreach project.

Long-term Plan

From November 2016 through February 2017, we conducted a robust outreach effort with focus group meetings, individual conversations, presentations, visits to community organizations and a community survey. The stakeholder group summarized the data gathered from more than 3,600 community members into a series of recommendations and briefed City Council on April 11th.

What We Heard:

  • URGENCY: Within five years, provide community center(s) to meet Redmond’s most urgent needs
  • SPACES: Meet Redmond’s needs for priority spaces, including:
    • Aquatics and fitness
    • Flexible spaces for cultural arts and events
    • Flexible community spaces for meetings, classes, and gatherings
  • PARTNERSHIPS: Explore a variety of partnership models
  • LOCATION: Locate future community center(s) in Downtown and the Marymoor subarea of Southeast Redmond
  • FUNDING: Develop a funding package that leverages funding from a variety of sources, such as city funds, grants, private contributions, partnerships, and a possible property tax increase
  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Continue strong communications about progress and engage the community in interim decisions throughout the process

Review the full report