Strategic Target Area: Great Places Where You Want to Be
Bellevue is the place to be inspired by culture, entertainment and nature. Learn, relax, shop, eat, cook, read, play or marvel at our natural environment. Whatever your mood, there is a place for you in Bellevue.
From the sparkling waters of Meydenbauer Bay Park you can walk or bike east, through downtown, across the I-405 Park to the Wilburton West center for business and entertainment. Along the way you enjoy nature, culture, street entertainment, a world fusion of food, and people from all over the planet.
Culture is celebrated. Bellevue’s Performing Arts Center is a success, operating for over a decade and attracting the best in on-stage entertainment. Cultural organizations throughout the city are supported by private philanthropy and a cultural arts fund. Arts and cultural opportunities stimulate our creative class workers and residents, whether they are members of the audience or performers. The cultural arts attract Fortune 500 companies to our community, whether it is to locate their headquarters or visit for a convention. The past is honored. Residents experience a sense of place through an understanding of our history.
Our community buildings, libraries, community centers, City Hall and museums provide places where neighbors gather, connect with each other and support our civic and business institutions.
Bellevue University, the new Research Center of Excellence, and our other institutes of higher learning are connected physically and digitally from Eastgate to Bel-Red, downtown and the University of Washington in Seattle. From the constant beat of an urban center, you can quickly escape into nature in our parks, streams, trails and lakes. You can kayak Mercer Slough, hike the lake-to-lake trail, and have the opportunity to enjoy the latest thrill sport.
Council’s Two-Year Priorities for Bellevue: Great Places Where You Want to Be
- Create a civic center plan integrating City Hall, the metro property, convention center expansion, and the transit center;
- Establish the vision for the Grand Connection as the signature piece of the growth corridor between downtown Bellevue through Wilburton to the Eastside Rail Corridor and into BelRed;
- Establish the land use plan for Wilburton
- Work with the County to complete the first mile of the Eastside Rail Corridor from the Kirkland border to SR520 Trail.