Thursday, March 22, 2018

Flagpole Plaza Park, Redmond's smallest

 "BI-CENTENNIAL FLAG, Dedication September 27, 1974.  This is a beautification Project by the City of Redmond, Jaycee's, Lion's, Kiwanis, Rotary, and Chamber of Commerce."  
When I parked on Gilman Street to buy a book at McDonald's I noticed some very interesting artwork and a brick plaza with a plaque identifying the overhead "Bicentennial Flag."  The Mayor said the plaza with flag was an official city park.  Other than the Naomi Hardy Clock Tower it may be the smallest park in the city.  He e-mailed it's part of the Gilman Streetscape study and wouldn't be demolished during possible redevelopment of Gilman.  In fact, the park may be extended to Redmond Way, and expanded.   

City Transportation engineer Angie Ventura said, "The City has no plans to rebuild Gilman St. as a public project.  The goal of the study is to develop design guidance for potential future private development if and when they occur along Gilman Street."  

Can you see the artwork in the flag photo?  (Click to enlarge.) 



BRIDGE TO BROTHERHOOD, CHERYLL LEO-GWIN, 1993, Porcelain Enamel Mural, 1% for Art, King County Arts Commission, Redmond Arts Commission, Leadership Redmond

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B. Yoder
Photos/Yoder

1 comment:

Angie Ventura. Transportation Engineer said...

We did conduct a study in 2014 to identify a conceptual design for Gilman St that preserves the nature of the historical district of downtown, provides parking and vehicular access to the surrounding area and enhances pedestrian connectivity from Flagpole Plaza (a city park) to the Redmond Central Connector. The limits of the study considered changes solely within the City’s existing right-of-way.

The City has no plans to rebuild Gilman St as a public project. The goal of the study was to develop design guidance for potential future private development if and when they occur along Gilman St. For more information, please visit

http://www.redmond.gov/PlansProjects/Transportation/GilmanStreetscape.