Fifteen years after the Redwood City Council embarked on a major effort to revitalize the downtown area, that vision is finally becoming a reality.
On Saturday, an estimated 100 people gathered near Redwood Creek to learn about a new one-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail. The planned Redwood Creek Loop is just one piece in the P, a three-park plan that will expand the city’s green space and connect downtown to the waterfront.
During a two-hour event hosted by the city’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department, residents toured the space, asking questions and offering feedback.
“People were incredibly supportive of the project,” Parks Landscape Designer Claudia Olalla told the Pulse in a text. She said people had “tons of questions,” specifically about planting native plants and park amenities.
Fighting the city’s reputation as a sleepy suburb—or “Deadwood City,” to some—council envisioned the downtown in 2007 as a thriving public and commercial destination. The resulting Downtown Precise Plan (DPP), which was recognized by the local Grand Boulevard Initiative as a “Visionary Public Agency Plan,” called for renovated buildings, improved pedestrian and biking infrastructure and new venues for arts and culture…..
Staff got to work on putting together a request for proposal and selecting a consulting firm. And then, Olalla said, the pandemic hit.
Following a months-long hiatus, the team has gotten the wheels turning again. In August 2021, the city signed an agreement with the RRM Design Group to lead the design of the downtown parks, including the development of all three sites proposed by staff……