Redmond city leaders gathered downtown on May 10 for a groundbreaking ceremony to signal the beginning of construction of a major public park.

The two-acre, $41.2 million park, located on Cleveland Street between 161st Avenue Northeast and Leary Way Northeast, will feature a splash pad, dining grove, pavilion, stage performance area, and a raised lawn with a deck and seating. The master plan for the park was adopted by Redmond City Council in 2015, and the design was completed the following year.

“This groundbreaking marks an important milestone for the park and Redmond residents and businesses, as we take our next step in creating a complete and vibrant downtown area,” said Redmond Mayor John Marchione. “The park will be a gathering place for the neighborhood as well as provide a unique venue for events for the entire community in the near future.”

Construction will begin in June, and the project is scheduled to open during summer 2018.