The 21 acre park was constructed in the 1980s but the circular promenade has remained unfinished. Construction is scheduled to start in mid July to complete the promenade, enhance the south entry and add a water feature, add a small terraced amphitheatre and expand the existing parking lot on the west side of the park (along 100th Avenue NE) by 100+ spaces. (The completion of the promenade will eliminate the existing parking lot at the southeast corner of the park.) The City of Bellevue, in partnership with Bellevue Rotary Club, will expand the playground. The existing popular playground structures will be retained; plans show the addition of accessible play and equipment opportunities to create a universally-accessible play experience for all ages and abilities. Construction is expected to take 10 months with the goal to have the park expansion finished for the 2016 July 4th celebration.
More information on the park completion and playground can be found at www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/downtown-park-complete-circle.htm or www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/inspiration-playground.htm.