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.
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.
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.
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.