Parks & Open Space System Plan
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It's Time for an Update
About every six years, Bellevue updates its Parks & Open Space System Plan. The City Council adopted the current plan in early 2010. See current plan.
What is the Parks & Open Space System Plan?
The Parks & Open Space System Plan contains the community's long-range vision for acquisition and development of parks and trails and preservation of open space. It also sets the standards whereby the park, trail and open space system is operated and maintained over time.
Many of Bellevue's parks and trails that we use and treasure today were first conceived as an idea in the Parks & Open Space System Plan. Those early plans were drafted on typewriters. The maps and graphics were hand-drawn and inserted by cutting (with real scissors) and pasting (with real paste).
The 1981 Bellevue Park and Recreation Plan included this quote from Carl Sandburg on the inside cover:
Nothing happens unless first a dream.
It is easy to miss, but inside the 1981 plan was one second priority recommendation for the area around Meydenbauer Bay. That recommendation called for the City to "acquire and develop a waterfront urban facility..." Six years later, in the 1987 plan, that idea great and took shape, identifying Meydenbauer Bay as "Bellevue's opportunity to make a connection between the downtown, the Downtown Park, and the water." The concept for the park remained a high priority in every subsequent Park System Plan, and key pieces of land were acquired to make the dream a reality. Today, in 2015, the City is poised to begin construction on the first phase of that park.
How Can You Be Involved?
What is your dream for the Bellevue Parks, Trails and Open Space System? What idea will be included in the 2016 edition of the plan that will grow and become realized in 10 or even 30 years from now?
There are several ways to participate:
- You can start right now by taking a short, five-minute survey.
- Please share the survey link with anyone else who lives or works in Bellevue.
- Several hundred Bellevue residents will be selected at random to participate in a longer survey measuring park use and priorities for future development. If you get a letter in the mail asking you to participate, please do!
- You can call, or write down your thoughts and mail or email them to:
Bellevue Parks & Community Services
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009-9012
- Attend a meeting of the Parks & Community Services Board and speak to the Board, if you wish. Park Board and meeting agendas.
- Speak at a public hearing, hosted by the Parks & Community Services Board - date to be announced.
- Ask for a presentation on the Park Plan Update for your neighborhood or civic organization. We're happy to stop by and talk with your group.
- Bellevue Strawberry Festival - June 27-28
- Parks & Community Services Board meeting - June 9, 2015 - agenda and presentation
2010 Parks & Open Space System Plan - Entire plan; clicking on a chapter title in the Table of Contents will lead you to that section of the Plan.
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