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As part of the Botanical Garden Master Plan update, the Ravine Garden is also one of Garden improvements projects included in the 2008 voter-approved levy package. The Parks & Community Services Department and the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society selected the Ravine Garden for design development and construction.
Bellevue Botanical Garden's current ravine path
The proposed garden will take visitors along a pedestrian trail through a second-growth forest and a steep-sided ravine in the southeast corner of the Bellevue Botanical Garden, which is located within the larger “Cascadia Experience” (project #4 on Master Plan Projects). The project entails construction of a 150-foot long, five-foot wide pedestrian suspension bridge made predominantly of steel.
The bridge will span the ravine and allow visitors close proximity and intimate views of the plants, wildlife and forest canopy into and around the ravine. The project will also include adding 600 feet of pedestrian trail to the Botanical Garden’s current trail system. The new trail will form a connection between the bridges and existing trail segments to complete a “Ravine Trail Loop,” which will begin and end at the Lost Meadow Trail.
Construction began in August 2011. Construction is not expected to dramatically impact the day-to-day operation of the Garden, but there may be some temporary closures of trail segments. Lake to Lake trail access is not expected to be impacted by the project.