The Memorial Day holiday weekend marks the beginning of summer and outdoor activities. After the brutal winter and spring weather, any opportunity for outdoor activity will be welcome. While many people have holiday plans to visit ocean or mountain destinations, don’t forget there’s a lot to do in town. If you’re looking for some local activities here’s a partial list of what’s available in Bellevue.
With nearly 100 parks and recreation facilities, Bellevue offers plenty of green space. The city maintains 96 miles of trails and six beachfront parks.
Bellevue Aquatic Center has a lap pool, warm water pool and party room
Robinswood Tennis center offers programs and lessons for all ages
Crossroads water spray playground is a favorite destination for the younger set
Explore the lake – the SE 40th Street boat launch provides boat access to Lake Washington
Tune up your golf game – the Crossroads 9 hole/par 3 chip and putt course is great for beginners and the Bellevue Golf Course offers a more challenging 18 hole/par 7 course plus a 46 stall driving range
Visit the Mercer Slough – take a guided nature walk or canoe tour
Bellevue Botanical Gardens has 17 acres of display gardens, natural wetlands and woodland trails
Bellevue Arts Museum – visiting and permanent exhibits cover a wide range of arts and crafts and design elements
Shop til you drop at Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square, Old Main Street or The Bravern. You’ll find world class shopping, dozens and dozens of fine and casual dining options offering indoor and patio opportunities for lunch, dinner sweets, snacks and libations, cinemas, comedy and bowling.
There’s no need to leave town to find something fun and interesting to do during the next 3 days – just make it a safe holiday weekend.
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.
Did you know the City of Bellevue/Bellevue Television produces a monthly video, Lake to Lake, featuring news, projects, activities and events in and around Bellevue. Current and past videos are posted on YouTube – definitely worth watching to find out what’s happening, or what’s about to happen, in your city. Open the links below to take a look at this year’s videos.
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.
SoulCycle has opened at Lincoln Square. Classes are available today and a grand opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday January 21st from 8:00 AM to noon.
SoulCycle, a luxury fitness center, has 65+ locations across the country. Their focus is a full body and mind workout with a mission to change bodies and change lives, offering a variety of cycling-based classes for all skill levels. This is the first facility in the Pacific Northwest. The cycle center 3,500 SF with a 62 bike studio space and boutique featuring SoulCycle’s original clothing collection.
Thanksgiving week can feel rushed – its a short work week ahead of what, for some, will be a four day weekend, there’s housecleaning, shopping and prep for Thanksgiving dinner and family and friends arriving. The pre-holiday excitement and stress starts this week and this year Thanksgiving comes on the heels of a contentious election which for many has been stressful, adding apprehension or anticipation for what is to come.
This is a good time to pause, take a deep breath, and be thankful for the amazing place we live. We are lucky to be in the Pacific Northwest, one of the most livable places in the country and a region that enjoys a robust economic and and employment environment, benefits from nationally recognized public schools, has a wealth of heritage and diversity and is surrounded by breathtaking lakes and mountains. Its a great place to call home.
The shopping frenzy and the traffic starts Friday but its also the start of Snowflake Lane, Bellevue Magic Season and the Botanical Garden’s Garden d’Lights, Eastside traditions that turn Bellevue into a holiday wonderland. This weekend is Small Business Saturday; don’t forget to visit Main Street and other area businesses and restaurants to support local merchants.
Forget shopping, traffic and turkey hangovers . . . GO HAWKS, HUSKIES & SOUNDERS. The Sounders play at home tonight in the Western Conference Finals, the Huskies travel to Pullman for the Apple Cup on Friday and the Seahawks are in Tampa Bay Sunday to play the Buccaneers.