Redmond is the seventh most populous city in King County and the sixteenth most populous city in the State of Washington. It encompasses an area of over 16.85 square miles and is located 10.9 miles east of downtown Seattle and 5.7 miles from Bellevue. The city prides itself for its high quality of life with good schools, a healthy economic base, a parks system that provides a variety of active and passive recreational opportunities, diverse offerings for shopping and dining, safe neighborhoods, and an emphasis on quality development and protection of the natural environment.
Redmond’s park system consists of 21 developed and 13 undeveloped parks on over 1,000 acres and 17 miles of developed trails and nine miles of undeveloped trails. They include a waterfront park on Lake Sammamish (Idylwood), a wildlife preserve known as the Redmond Watershed, and a farm with equestrian facilities at Farrel-McWhirter Park. In addition, King County operates numerous trail connections with Redmond’s system and points beyond.
The city is well known as a center of technology and the location for a number of nationally known high-tech and biomedical companies. Redmond Town Center, a large downtown retail center, offers numerous shops, restaurants, two movie theaters, special events, and live performances by a repertory theatre company and other arts-related groups.
As Redmond continues to evolve into a thriving city of increasing diversity, it seeks to promote its sense of community through programs designed to celebrate its heritage, enhance its neighborhoods, and preserve its historical and natural treasures.