In the January edition of Bellevue’s Lake to Lake video newsletter you can take a look at what’s been happening at the expansion of the Meydenbauer Bay waterfront park. The long planned waterfront connection will have 700′ of lakefront with a larger swimming beach, bath house, pedestrian pier and connection to the public marina. Terraced park grounds will provide lake vistas and plenty of space for picnics and lounging. When complete the park will offer rentals for non-motorized boats and stand-up paddle boards. The new waterfront park will connect with the city’s Downtown Park creating easy access to the city’s lakefront parks and marina. Phase 1 of the park is expected to be open to the public 4th quarter 2018.
photo courtesy City of Bellevue
The “Complete the Circle” project at the Downtown Park is underway with work scheduled to be completed in time for this year’s Fourth of July celebration. The expansion includes completion of the last section of the circular canal and tree lined promenade, creating a new entry and water feature at the south end of the park, upgrading the playground to create a universally accessible Inspiration Playground, adding landscaping and terraced seating and enlarging the parking lot on 100th Avenue NE.
Construction of the park’s new south entry and pedestrian crossing caused the closure of the intersection at NE First Street and 102nd Avenue NE this week. The intersection is expected to open again mid-to-late April.
The Downtown Park is a 21 acre oasis in the heart of the city and the centerpiece of the Bellevue Parks System. There’s something for everyone . . . a half mile level tree-lined promenade, canal, waterfall and reflecting pond, a ten acre lawn area, playground, picnic areas and formal gardens . . . all framed by views of Bellevue’s skyline and Mt. Rainier. It will be exciting to see the improvements and have the park open again this summer.
Construction is scheduled to start today at the Downtown Park to complete the canal and promenade circle and expand the playground. Completion is projected for June 2017. During construction the southern half of the Downtown Park will be closed to public access. The existing southeast parking lot will be accessible for limited use until the new 100th Avenue NE lot is finished. The parking lot along 100th Avenue NE will be temporarily closed to public access. During construction there will be intermittent closures of the northern half of the Downtown Park as improvements to the lighting and promenade are performed.
The city, in partnership with the Bellevue Rotary Club, is expanding the playground to include an innovative play space where kids of all ages and abilities can play and explore at their own pace. Dedicated to fun, imagination and learning, it will be a universally-accessible play experience – a truly Inspiration(al) Playground.