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Redmond's New Downtown Park: Urban Play Space Both Parents and Kids Will Love

New park features grassy meadow, a splash pad, seating area, arts pavilion and more

Published on: October 01, 2018

Kids playing at new Redmond Downtown Park
Photo:
Kate Missine

Redmond has a lot to offer families, including expansive Marymoor Parkmiles of bike trails and Molly Moon’s legendary ice cream. Now local residents and visiting families have another reason to linger in town: the new Redmond Downtown Park. This new park offers a groovy central spot to chill, space to run, splashing fountains and community connections in an urban sanctuary. 

The park's grand opening on a recent drizzly fall day may not have exactly been ice cream or splash pad weather, but it did little to damper the mood of the excited youngsters — and grown-ups — who flocked to the long-awaited park.

Redmond Downtown Park splash pad
Redmond Downtown Park's splash pad. Credit: Kate Missine

Armed with umbrellas and raincoats, visitors big and small explored the vibrant park’s offerings, running through the playful splash pad fountains, grabbing take-out lunches from local restaurants and hunting for dragons in a unique digital scavenger hunt — part one of the exciting lineup of events featured on opening day — as they awaited the official ribbon-cutting ceremony later that afternoon. 

The two-acre park has been designed as a “community gathering space” to bring people together and encourage creativity and discovery — and we're on board. At the core is a plaza that will host a plethora of outdoor concerts, festivals and other events at the mobile Moving Art Stage. First up: the opening night’s captivating theatrical performance by artist Lucia Neare. Next: a fall concert series featuring local musicians.

While there is no actual playground, a large grassy field at one end, scattered with leafy trees and circled with walking paths, offers plenty of space for a round of tag or a cartwheel contest.

Redmond Downtown Park boardwalk
Credit: Kate Missine

Right across from the field is the spacious splash pad, with both a big-kid and a mini-fountain tot area that invite all manners of water fun.

There are benches for abundant parent seating, too — always a plus. A raised deck to the side houses the Dining Grove, stacked with colorful tables and chairs, including a precious miniature version so little ones can share a bite with friends.

seating at Redmond Downtown Park
Credit: Kate Missine

There's no shortage of nearby, picnic-worthy grab-and-go options, from delish sammies at Homegrown, to local fave Zeeks Pizza to Mediterranean goodies at Garlic Crush (try their excellent-value kids’ combo). For dessert, grab a sweet treat from Hoffman’s Fine Cakes and Pastries right across the street or snag a cone at Molly Moon’s. Pro tip: Run off some of those sugar highs around the park before heading home!

On the other side of the park, you'll spot a neat mirrored-roof pavilion that mesmerized kids and adults trying to get a glimpse of their reflections overhead.

Redmond Downtown Park pavilion
Credit: Kate Missine

Designed as a place to relax, sip a drink or even twirl in a dance, the circular gazebo offers a sheltered spot for all-weather fun, and features a one-of-a-kind water wall that will display changing digital art installations — an awesome way to expose kiddos to new art forms.  

During the opening celebration, Redmond’s own artist-in-residence Maja Petric was the first to have her work showcased, followed by a glowing LED installation by artist Jill Anholt (don't worry if you missed it; the lights are here to stay nightly).

Art, music, outdoor playdates, learning to scoot or casual family strolls — whichever way you use it, this new in-town gathering space is a win in our book. 

If you go...

Find it: Redmond Downtown Park is located at 16101 Redmond Way, between Redmond Way and Cleveland Street.

Getting there: While the park doesn’t have a dedicated parking lot, there is abundant street and lot parking around the area, including free four-hour parking at the Leary Street corner lot. Downtown Redmond is also well-served by transit and is walkable and extremely bike-friendly!

Restrooms: Shiny new restroom facilities (we all know how important these are) are located on the Redmond Way side next to the splash pad. 

What's nearby: Walk over to Redmond Town Center next door with its family-friendly shopping, dining and entertainment options for all ages.

What’s next: Watch the Redmond Parks & Recreation page for news and announcements about the park’s upcoming events, performances and more!

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