Bellevue staff and elected officials celebrated the annexation of four unincorporated South Bellevue communities with a "One City" party on Thursday, July 26, at the South Bellevue Community Center.
The city's newest residents, from Eastgate, Tamara Hills, Horizon View and Hilltop, got to learn about Bellevue services at booths in the community center gym. Participants ate pizza and cake, and Mayor Conrad Lee and Deputy Mayor Jennifer Robertson issued an official welcome.
The "One City" paty combined food, fun and festive activities with the information about city services.
- The community center offered a sampling of its recreational and fitness classes, such as zumba, tai chi, belly dancing, spinning and rock climbing.
- Bellevue firefighters offered a close-up look at their equipment, and help youngsters dress up in fire gear.
- Police officers took photos of kids on motorcycles while parents get information about crime prevention.
- Transportation Department staff was on hand to talk about traffic issues, while the Transportation mascot, PedBee, engaged kids in a traffic safety game.
- Other staff offered interactive displays on such topics as neighborhood outreach, mediation, code compliance, customer service, conservation and recycling, business licenses and taxes, development and permits.
Complimentary food and beverages, including 70 pizzas, were provided through the generosity of local business sponsors: Domino's Pizza at Eastgate, Albertson's, and Coca-Cola and QFC at Factoria. Door prizes are donated by the Seattle Mariners.
During the event, the South Bellevue Community Center parking lot was devoted primarily to parking for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Free parking and shuttle service was provided across the street at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 14230 SE Newport Way.
Eastgate, Tamara Hills and Horizon View became part of Bellevue on June 1, following a citizen-led petition-gathering drive and transition from county to city services. The annexation of Hilltop is scheduled for a City Council public hearing later this month, with finalization expected by July 31.
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