Redmond Mayor John Marchione joins dozens of walking enthusiasts on Thursday, May 24 from 5:30pm-7:30pm for a mile walking tour to highlight the new Redmond Central
Connector Trail featuring the art of local artist John Fleming. The new 4 mile footpath will run through downtown Redmond, connecting Southeast Redmond to
Sammamish Valley neighborhood and linking to the Bear Creek and Sammamish River Trails.
The city enhancement will feature a cultural corridor that creates a new opportunity for people to enjoy a healthier way to get around town and promises to benefit the Redmond economy by encouraging people living, working and playing in downtown to support local businesses.
Mayor Marchione will kick off the event at the Veloce (8102 161st Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052) by thanking local artist John Fleming for his artistic contribution to the trail and expressing his excitement about the new city improvement. Fleming's artwork will blend Redmond's natural environment with recycled railroad materials, traffic signs and technological aspects that would reflect
on Redmond’s culture and environment.
The walk is organized by Feet First, the state’s only pedestrian advocacy group. Feet First, Executive Director Lisa Quinn states, “We are excited to bring people together who believe in the value of walkable neighborhoods out to meet the local artist and others instrumental in creating the Redmond Central Connector Trail, an investment in a healthy community. Feet First strongly believes walkable communities save lives, benefit health, protect the
environment, improve quality of life and expand local economic growth.”
The event is free, however participants are asked to register in advance by visiting http://feet-first.ticketleap.com/walkandtalk-in-redmond/ or calling Feet First at 206-652-2310 ext. 5
Following the walk, participants are invited to a hosted reception at the Veloce following the walk. The reception will feature music by the LongShots.
The Feet First Walk & Talk is sponsored by the Berger Partnership, City of Redmond, Veloce, Mobile Adventure Walks, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, and Puget
Sound Energy. The reception is supported by Trader Joe's and PCC Natural Markets.
For the past ten years, Feet First has worked to ensure that all communities in Washington State are walkable. Walking is a vital transportation mode that connects communities, reduces pollution, improves health and physical fitness, and allows people to explore their natural environment.