REDMOND, OR -- Redmond’s Centennial Park is finally expanding. It’s been more than three years since the city purchased the block between existing Centennial Park and City Hall. But Redmond Parks Division Manager Annie McVay says plans to create a community plaza have been in the works for much longer, "It was actually originally part of the – I think 2007 plan – when they did the original Centennial, and it’s now coming to fruition. It’s very exciting. It’s going to change the whole feel of downtown."
McVay says fencing is going up around the block, this week, "The first phase will be pretty much between now and the end of the calendar year. We’re going to do a lot of site prep; so, we’re going to demo the old Printing Post building, which is the large building on the corner. We’re going to put all the utilities underground, then we’re going to start to remove all of the old sidewalks that are not ADA compatible." She tells KBND News, "When it’s all completed, we’ll have quite a bit of open space; kind of a green space. There will be a reading nook, there will be a tree bosque area with benches. And then, we’ll have a stage where we can have community events, as well."
She says how fast work gets done will depend on this winter’s weather and if crews can work through the next few months. McVay hopes it will open next summer. The $2.3 million project will be paid through Urban Renewal funds.