Redmond History: 2001-2010

  • 2001 The League of American Bicyclists designates Redmond a Bicycle-Friendly Community, 52nd city to receive the honor (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 5/29 Redmond High School senior Kat Misenar and her family pull off a prank that will long be remembered. They open a 1985 Mazda and maneuver it sideways so that the school flag-pole is in the middle of the vehicle and looks as if it is impaled by the flag pole. (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 9/ “Redmond Reporter” publishes its first newspaper issue (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 2002 4/ Redmond’s first affordable housing opens. Built by King County and a private developer, the 300-unit apartment complex is located atop the Overlake Metro Park ‘n Ride (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 7/ The annual Heritage Festival at Marymoor in July is cancelled by King County because of budget problems (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 7/1 Juel Community Park on NE 116th Street opens to the public. Dr. Glenn and Betty Juel sold the $2 million property in 1999 to the City of Redmond for just $400,000 on the condition that the land be preserved for recreational use and the trees Dr. Juel planted would be maintained (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 8/ Record attendance of 150,000 is set at when the Puget Sound Festival is held at a two-day event sponsored by the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 10/6 The Edgar Doolittle Art Garden, located on the north side of the Redmond Library is ceremonially dedicated (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 12/ King County closes the Marymoor Museum because of a lack of funding (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 2003 3/11 Citizens vote to retain a strong mayor form of city government. Out of a 30.9% turnout of eligible voters, votes in favor the proposition to change to a city manager form were 2207, and those opposed were 5175 (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 4/ A ceremony to dedicate the beach in honor of Chandler Pickering and mark the completion of the Idylwood Stream Rehabilitation Project is held at Idylwood Beach Park. Pickering moved to Redmond in 1951, and was active in the Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Kiwanis, and served on the city’s Park Board (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 5/18 The old Redmond High School is demolished after a reunion, “The Last Roundup”, is held for all those associated with the school (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 5/31 Founded in 1956, the Kiwanis club of Redmond disbands (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 6/ Redmond Manor trailer park is demolished (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 7/ The first unmarked police vehicle, used to target aggressive drivers, patrols Redmond’s (Hardy Timeline II 13)

  • 7/1 The City Council approves the first heritage grant for the Community-Odd Fellows Hall at 7979 Leary Way built in 1903 (Hardy Timeline II 14)

  • 7/23 Macy’s Department store opens in Town Center (Hardy Timeline II 14)

  • 9/ The newly constructed Redmond High School opens in the same location (RHS)

  • 10/22 The Wellhead Protection ordinance, unanimously passed by the City Council, is meant to identify threats to city well water, prevent contamination, and provide a plan for responding to accidents (Hardy Timeline II 14)

  • 11/25 Gail Marsh, 23 year veteran Police Commander and Redmond’s first female officer, is fired from the Redmond Police Department after she reports several questionable incidents (Hardy Timeline II 14)

  • 2004 1/ The City commissions two public art projects for its new City Hall and parking garage that is under construction. A glass sculpture will be created for the City Hall entrance by Ed Carpenter of Portland, and a large textured relief for the east facade of the four-level parking garage will be done by Blue McRight and Warren Wagner of Los Angeles (Hardy Timeline II 14)

  • 2/17 City Council approves funds for building a new City Hall that will include City Council chambers. The present City Hall and old Library, which the City has used as a technology center, are slated for demolition (Hardy Timeline II 14)

  • 3/8 Founder of the “Sammamish Valley News”, Robert M Bailie, dies of Alzheimer’s Disease (Hardy Timeline II 14)

  • 4/1 Firemen’s Plaza on the corner of NE 85th Street and l61st Avenue NE is dedicated with a ceremony. The focus of the plaza is a bronze sculpture by artist Judy Phipps, who used Bert Eymberts, a deceased Redmond fireman who died of Huntington’s disease, as a model for the sculpture (Hardy Timeline II 14)

  • 4/9 Financially troubled computer maker, Gateway Inc., closes all of its 188 stores including the Bear Creek store (Hardy Timeline II 14)

  • 4/15 King County completes demolition of Dudley Carter’s Slough House which an arsonist burned days earlier. There was no damage to Haida House or the outdoor sculptures (Hardy Timeline II 14)

  • 5/19 Perrigo Springs is dedicated in a formal ceremony. The Daughters of American colonists provide a bronze plaque and plant a Willow tree near the spring’s dam on Education Hill (Hardy Timeline II 14)

  • 6/12 The Marriott Hotel opens its doors at Redmond Town Center with Jeff Hart as the hotel’s manager (Hardy Timeline II 14)