Saturday, June 3rd is the fifth annual Lake to Lake Bike Ride. Two routes are available – both start and finish at the Lake Hills Community Park. The mostly flat 9 mile Greenbelt Loop takes riders through Bellevue’s award winning park system. A more challenging ride, the Lake Loop, follows a 22 mile route. Both routes are approximately 80% on-road and 20% off-road gravel surfaces.
Event pre-registration ($15) is available or $20 the day of the event. Participants receive a custom t-shirt. Registration opens at 8:00 AM and first riders depart at 9:00 AM. To register visit http://parksreg.bellevuewa.gov/ (activity code #117822) or call call 425-452-6885. For more information, or to volunteer for the event, visit the event website at http://bellevuewa.gov/lake-to-lake-bike-ride.htm, call 425-452-4882 or email email@example.com. The event benefits Bellevue Youth Camp Scholarship Fund.
Rain or shine . . . this is a great opportunity to for kids of any age to enjoy a non-competitive recreational ride to explore the city’s award winning park system and lake views. Te event is recommended for ages 9 and up. Riders under age 9 must be in a tag-a-long or trailer.
A sure sign of spring – this Thursday, May 18th, is opening day for the Bellevue Farmers Market. Back at its familiar location, vendors will be setting up in the parking lot of Bellevue Presbyterian Church (1717 Bellevue Way NE just north of downtown) with ample parking available. The market will be open every Thursday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, rain or shine, from May 18th through October 12th. (Pets are not permitted except service animals.)
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Three new eateries recently opened (or reopened) in downtown Bellevue, the first of many scheduled to open in coming months. Some are new to the area along with a local favorite.
Minamoto Japanese Cuisine opened in March at the Alley 111 Apartments. Minamoto’s menu focuses on Japanese cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner.
Peony Kitchen recently opened on Main Street adding a fresh interpretation of Chinese cuisine to the Old Main Street neighborhood. Peony is located at the Meyden Apartments where there is public garage and street parking available. Open for lunch and dinner.
Wild Ginger, after shuttering the Bravern location earlier this month, Wild Ginger has reopened at Lincoln Square. The new space is smaller and more intimate, but you can expect the same high quality Asian food and extensive wine list.
A long time downtown resident, I’m looking forward to sampling these and other new dining opportunities this summer.
photo courtesy KidsQuest
KidsQuest Children’s Museum is scheduled to open its doors January 31st in its new location in downtown Bellevue at the corner of NE 12th Street and 108th Avenue NE (the former Rosalie Whyle Museum of Doll Art).
If you never had an opportunity to visit the museum’s former Factoria location, this is a “must do” activity for parents and children. The museum’s indoor and outdoor hands-on interactive exhibits are designed for exploration and experimentation with a focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math. If you’ve driven by lately the big rig truck cab is visible through the windows on the north side of the building. There are also three classrooms and an art studio with a kiln.
The museum isn’t just for kids – KidsQuest will continue to offer their popular “Recess on the Rocks” – after hours access for adults to enjoy the exhibits and activities accompanied by food and cocktails. You must be 21+ to play. The museum is also available to rent for evening events and dinners.
Downtown is Bellevue’s fastest growing neighborhood with new apartments and condos scheduled to break ground this year. What’s happening – and what’s about to happen – in downtown Bellevue’s real estate entertainment scene? I live and work in downtown Bellevue – contact me to find out what’s planned for 2017.
AN ICE ARENA!
Due to the construction at the Downtown Park this winter, the Bellevue Magic Season ice skating facility will be temporarily located at Ashwood Park next to the Bellevue Library for the 2016-2017 season. Crews started setting up last week in preparation for the arena’s opening in less than three weeks.
The ice arena – the region’s largest open-air holiday ice skating area – will allow for skating rain or shine and offer food and beverage concessions. The arena will be open November 25th through January 8th – don’t miss special events which include free skate Mondays, free skating lessons, stroller skate Thursdays and family skate events. Parking will be available at the Bellevue Library parking garage, the new 929 Office Tower (on 108th Avenue between NE 10th and NE 8th Streets) and at the Griffin Parking Lot (at the corner of NE 8th Street and 110th Avenue NE).
It will be a nice change to have one of the popular Bellevue Magic Season venues located on the north end of downtown for this holiday season.
We are fortunate to live in an area where there are so many local parks. The cities of Bellevue and Kirkland have both done an amazing job of retaining land and creating waterfront and urban parks for residents and visitors to enjoy. I live on the north end of downtown Bellevue, so McCormick Park is one of my favorites (and my dogs). Every fall I look forward to the amazing display of color that comes from this little maple tree in McCormick Park. .
Ready or not, the year end holidays and 2017 are just around the corner. That means Snowflake Lane, lighted wreaths on Main Street and the Bellevue Magic Season events are just a month away. One of the season’s favorite events, the outdoor skating rink, will temporarily be relocated to Ashwood Park this year due to construction at the Downtown Park.
The skating rink will be open November 25th through January 8th with food and beverage concessions, music and special events. More information about transportation and parking is available from the City of Bellevue or Bellevue Downtown Association. The library will provide complimentary parking n its garage. Admission is $12 for ages 9+ and $9 under age 8 which includes skate rental. Cash, credit and debit cards accepted.