Among Bellevue's many parks, Kelsey Creek is unique, reminding visitors of an era when Old McDonald and many of his neighbors had a farm. The park features picturesque barns and a host of farm animals, including horses, sheep, goats and chickens.
See many of the animals, as well as young visitors and historic photos of the park in a pictorial in this month's issue of It's Your City, the resident newsletter. Other stories in the issue include the City Council's selection of a new mayor, early success for paperless permitting and a column from Councilmember Claudia Balducci highlighting the behind-the-scenes work of city staff.
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At Kelsey Creek Park visitors can amble the grounds any day and see cows and horses grazing in their pastures. Young people can get up close and personal with animals, in classes or as after-school volunteers. The site really was a dairy farm, purchased by the city in 1968 from the W.H. Duey family.
The south barn, built by the Dueys in 1933, is home to the animals. The Dueys' house is used for farm programming and day camps. Kelsey Creek Farm is open year-round, with animals on display generally from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Call 425-452-7688 for more information.
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