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Welcome to Bellevue

A guide for current residents and those who will make their home here in the future

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Bellevue government

Bellevue's history

19 Bellevue and the Freeman Family

22 strawberry festival

26 bellevue's many parks

Police, Fire and utilities

Award winning Schools

21 Business and the downtown

23 arts Scene

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Bellevue Neighborhoods


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Adding to the Bellevue's envious reputation are the city's public schools, consistently rated among the best in the country — for public and private.

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The city's economy is buoyed by high-end retailers and shopping center, but the city still holds on to its past through its annual Strawberry Festival at the end of June. There's also an annual Fourth of July celebration complete with fireworks, fun, food and a symphony performance at Downtown Park. Later in the summer the city's downtown fills with an arts and crafts fair that attracts hundreds of thousands of people from around the country. Bellwether, a months-long display of sculpture held every other year, returns in 2014

The city's demographics are both intriguing and inviting.

with art pieces on display from City Hall to Downtown Park. The city shines and sparkles even in winter with Garden d'Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. More than 500,000 mini lights are shaped into flowers and animals. Outdoor ice skating is featured over the holidays as is Holiday Lane, a nightly musical per-

The city spans more than 31 square miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, and is a short drive from the Cascade Mountains. People can kayak within sight of downtown in the Mercer Slough Nature Park, a 320-acre wetland preserve. The population is growing and becoming more diverse. According to the census, minorities constituted 41 percent of Bellevue's population in 2010, 30 percent are foreign born and more than 80 languages are now spoken

by children in Bellevue public schools. Bellevue residents are some of the most highly educated in the state, with over 60 percent having a bachelor's degree or higher in 2009. Nearly the same proportion was employed in management, professional or related occupations. An increasing proportion of Bellevue residents commute to work by means other than driving alone – 34 percent in 2009, up from 26 percent in 2000. In 2007-2009, Bellevue's median household income was among the top 10 highest of large cities in the state at $80,411, yet household income, accounting for inflation has remained largely flat since 2000. Bellevue's housing values are among the highest in the state.


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City, community council provide leadership A city council is comprised of seven elected members and governs Bellevue. The mayor and deputy mayor are both council members, chosen by the others to serve twoyear terms. The mayor can not veto council decisions, but acts as both its chairperson and the city's official host. Residents also have a voice in Bellevue's government through several volunteer boards and commissions.

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Bellevue's current council Conrad Lee Jennifer Robertson Lynne Robinson John Stokes consists of Mayor Claudia Balducci, city council members are elected by Deputy Mayor Kevin Wallace, John residents of the community to represent Chelminiak,Jennifer Robertson, Lynne their interests. The council selects a city Robinson, John Stokes and Conrad Lee. manager to oversee all city operations, and this year approved Brad Miyake to Bellevue operates under a councilthe position. manager form of government in which

Established in 1969, the East Bellevue Community Council is empowered by state law with approval/disapproval authority over certain land-use actions in a part of East Bellevue. The EBCC may also act in an advisory capacity on other land-use issues that directly or indirectly affect its jurisdiction.

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Police sub-stations bring officers close to community The Bellevue Police Department is an internationally accredited law enforcement agency committed to providing the highest quality law enforcement, community education and support services possible, according to Interim Police Chief Jim Montgomery.

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and professional staff use a combination of reactive and proactive response methods to effectively and quickly respond to calls for service. To help reach our goal of a safe community, we partner with our caring community to identify problems early on and look for the best solution.

"Our residents enjoy a low crime rate and an outstanding quality of life," Montgomery said.

Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a population of nearly 130,000 served by 178 police officers and 42 civilian staff. To maintain this quality of life, the Bellevue Police Department’s officers

located downtown in City Hall. The Crossroads and Factoria substations are committed to a full range of police services including Community Oriented Policing and Problem Oriented Policing. Sub-station officers emphasize pro-active enforcement, problem solving, neighborhood safety presentations, and the hosting of a variety of community special events. Community Special Events include the Child Safety Fair, National Night Out Against Crime and Drug Take Back Days.

The Bellevue Police Department has two full service community sub-stations. They are located in Crossroads, outside the Crossroads Mall, and in Factoria, inside the Marketplace at Factoria. Each station is manned by a full time BPD Patrol officer.

The Downtown Squad functions as a hybrid combination of patrol squad and community services unit. In addition to responding to calls for service in the downtown area it also is pro-active in handling pervasive problems such as graffiti, noise complaints and alcohol related issues stemming from the evergrowing nightlife population.

Police sub-stations are open during regular business hours Monday thru Friday and are staffed by Police Department volunteers. There is one full time station officer posted at the Main Police Station

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Fighting fires, saving lives The Bellevue Fire Department provides fire and emergency services to residents and to the those living in Beaux Arts, Clyde Hill, Hunts Point, King County Fire District #14, Medina, Newcastle and Yarrow Point. It also is a regional provider of advanced life support services in King County. Mark Risen The Fire Department’s comprehensive emergency medical services program currently operates four Medic One units, which provide a high level of patient care to approximately 250,000 Eastside and Snoqualmie Valley residents spread over a 301-square mile area.

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Bellevue brings water in, helps trash go out The water you drink, the streets you drive, the trash you toss – all come under the control of the Bellevue Utilities Department that manages:

from Seattle and provides it to Bellevue and other members. The water comes from the protected watersheds of the Cedar and South Fork Tolt rivers.

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Cascade also is developing a new source of water from Lake Tapps in order to have its own long-term water supply system.

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Waste Water Wastewater is all the water that leaves the inside of your home or business through sinks, toilets, washing machines, etc. and enters Bellevue's wastewater (sewage) collection system. Wastewater then flows through city-owned and maintained pipes into King County's regional sewage system, where it is treated to meet federal and state water quality standards.

Bellevue's Wastewater Division is responsible for maintenance and repairs of the main sewer lines, including the service connections within the city's right of way and dedicated easements.

Street Maintenance Bellevue's Utilities Department maintains and repairs streets, sidewalks, walkways and trails in the right of way. Among its tasks are responding to potholes, usually within 24 hours; dealing with hazardous road conditions such as downed trees, snow and ice; removing fallen trees in the right of way; flooding; and sidewalk concerns. The city has 942 miles of roads and sweeps sighed bike lanes twice a month and main

arterials once a month. It also cleans sidewalks next to main arterials once a year. Residents are asked to maintain sidewalks adjacent to their properties.

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A short history of Bellevue In 1863, while Seattle was still a rough town of dirt roads and scattered homes, the first settlers began to drift across Lake Washington and claim lands in what is now Bellevue. The first claim is thought to be that of Aaron and Ann Mercer, members of the famous Seattle family, who staked out 80 acres along what is now Mercer Slough. They were living on the property by 1869, the same year that William Meydenbauer, a baker from Seattle, staked out his claim around the bay that would later bear his name. In the 1870s and 1880s more settlers trickled over. Most of the area was logged off during this period, leaving open areas that became orchards, vegetable patches

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Seattle through Leschi and Madison Park. Most of the farmers had families, and Bellevue’s first school opened in 1883 in a log cabin in the Enatai area. By 1900 the greater Bellevue area had about 400 full-time residents. The trappings of civilization began to arrive, with phone service reaching the Eastside by 1907 and mercantile stores opening in Medina and Bellevue. The major change came in 1913 when car ferry service aboard the Leschi began. Trips left the Leschi dock in Seattle every 15 minutes and stopped at Medina and Meydenbauer Bay. Bellevue and its surrounding communities grew gradually during the first decades of the century, with the census showing about 1,500 residents in 1920. The American Pacific Whaling Company moved its headquarters to Bellevue in 1919, wintering boats in

Whaling boats docked in Meydenbauer Bay, Bellevue, ca. 1925. From the collection of the Eastside Heritage Center Meydenbauer Bay. The first Strawberry Festival was held in 1925, drawing 3,000 people, mostly from across the lake. The Festival became an annual event, and Bellevue developed a reputation as a peaceful, pleasant farming town.

Then everything changed. In 1940 that miracle of engineering – the Mercer Island Floating Bridge – opened, bringing an end to ferry service and making a trip to Seattle just about as fast as it is today. See history, 15

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Thanks to the ad campaign of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and the availability of cheap land, the post-war housing boom spilled across the bridge and altered Bellevue forever. New subdivisions sprang up along the new highway at Eastgate, Newport Hills and Lake Hills, providing attractive, affordable homes to the returning GIs and their families. After the end of World War II, Bellevue began a rapid transformation as more and more people moved to the once-sleepy town. The community had new schools, new housing developments, a better water supply, miles of roads, and a burgeoning business community, but no governing control to fit all these different pieces together. In 1951, voters were asked to incorporate the City of Bellevue, but the provision was defeated, 92 to 72.

City boosters, led by Chamber of Commerce President Sam Boddy, spent the next two years convincing the community that local citizens were the best people to plan Bellevue's future and that incorporation was the only way to insure this. An independent study predicted that Bellevue's growth would continue unabated, and that incorporation was the only way, "to prevent a way of life from deteriorating." The issue went back to the ballot box. On March 24, 1953, voters approved incorporation by a vote of 885 to 461, and on March 31, Bellevue became a third-class city, with a council-manager form of government.

Phil Reily revises the Bellevue sign to reflect Bellevue's newly incorporated status as Gene Boyd (left) looks on, March 31, 1953. Courtesy Bellevue Historical Society

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Nonprofit agencies ready to help residents There are scores of organizations in the area that offer help and assistance to people in a wide-variety or ways. Here is a sampling of some with a thumbnail sketch of their activities.

Catholic Community Services: Help elderly and disabled persons remain living independently in their own homes. Also, serves food to the hungry and tutors youth struggling in school. www.ccsww.org

Assistance League of the Eastside: Helps children and adults touched by hardship or violence. eastside.assistanceleage.org

Congregations for the Homeless: Volunteers help homeless men on the Eastside by helping with meals at shelters, clothing donations, shelter sundries, bus passes and haircuts. cfhomeless.org

Bellevue LifeSpring: Works to foster stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue's children and their families through programs that feed, clothe and educate. Programs include school-break meal programs, emergency financial assistance and services to help returning to school. www.bellevuelifespring.org

Eastside Baby Corner: Provides food, clothing, beds or safety equipment for babies in collaboration with virtually every organization helping families in the area. www.babycorner.org Elder and Adult Day Services(EADS): Provides

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Bellevue schools some of best in nation The Bellevue School District is home to 28 school campuses, including 15 regular elementary, two dual-language elementary, five middle schools, four high schools and two choice schools admitting students in grades 6-12. The district's dual-language curriculum was established in 1986, beginning with the Spanish Immersion program, guided by the philosophy that an early dual-language education fosters greater neurological development, intellectual growth and superior performance on standardized testing. Interlake High School is home to the Bellevue School District's demanding International Baccalaureate Puesta del Sol ("Sunset") Program. is the first stop for families interested in enrolling their introduced in third grade; By in other schools, but perforelementary students in Spanish in Spanish by instructors with this time, English ability will native or near-native fluency. Immersion. Students are taught have fallen behind that of peers ECS 1_4 page rev.pdf 4:20 PM English-language education is the standard K-5 curriculum1 11/11/13 See schools, 18

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mance reaches equivalency or better by fourth grade, the District reports. Students who stick with Spanish Immersion move on to intensive Spanish electives in middle school and high school, including two Advanced Placement immersion classes during high school. Jing Mei ("Beautiful View") Elementary was opened in fall 2013, expanding the district's dual-language Mandarin Chinese program to its own campus in order to meet community demand. Jing Mei is located at the site of the former Bellewood Elementary. Students are accepted by lottery. The district's two choice schools, covering grades 6-12, are the International School and Bellevue Big Picture. Big Picture operates under a nontraditional ethos that allows students to learn under a personalized curriculum for which they provide input. The campus

is small, bringing in only a few hundred students each year. Demand for spots in the school has nevertheless grown. New enrollment grew from 123 to 223 from the 2011-2012 school year to 2012-2013, and rose again to 297 the following year. In fall 2014, sixth grade admission will be handled by lottery and there will be limited openings for new students in higher grades.

took the top five spots for Washington state, respectively, in the Washington Post’s 2014 list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” The Post's Challenge Index formula was based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests taken divided by the number of graduating seniors.

The International School challenges its students to consider their academic curriculum from a global perspective. Students take an international studies course in addition to standard subjects and commit to studying French or German, with the intent of achieving fluency by graduation. Students' average scores on the SATs have historically far exceeded the averages at the state and national levels.

Four Bellevue High Schools — International, Bellevue, Newport and Interlake — made U.S. News and World Report's 2014 "Best High Schools" rankings. International School was ranked 17th in the nation. The publication's College Readiness Index was based on the percentage of seniors who passed their Advanced Placement exams. Nearly 99 percent of the school's seniors passed their AP exams, and all International students took at least one such exam.

International School is only one of the Bellevue School District's high schools to be nationally ranked among the best and most challenging in the nation. International, Interlake, Newport, Sammamish and Bellevue high schools

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Bellevue and the Freeman family Bel-Square in 1955 and in 1966 a local shoe store – Nordstrom – became the third anchor.

Any discussion about Bellevue, and particularly its downtown, would be incomplete without the story of the Freeman family. It begins with Kemper Freeman Sr. and a vision he had for a shopping center in Bellevue. After World War II, the War Manpower Commission informed Freeman that Bellevue was losing the war workers who had moved to the area. Part of the reason was a lack of services. Freeman researched the area between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, looking at everything from gas stations to grocery stores, then set out on a nationwide fact-finding tour and found shopping centers designed specifically with automobile-oriented shoppers.

Over time Bellevue Square expanded from a one-level, open-air center to a multilevel, enclosed super regional shopping destination of more than one million square feet. Frederick & Nelson filed for bankruptcy in the early 1990s and the Freeman family converted the department store space into space for more than 50 high-volume speciality stores. That look, and how it has expended, is what one sees at Bellevue Square today.

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Bellevue grows into a retail center In the last few decades, Bellevue has transformed from a “bedroom” community with a small employment base into a major business and retail center. More people (140,000plus) work in Bellevue than live in it, making the city the second largest employment center in King County.

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Downtown Bellevue covers 400 acres and includes 4.5 million square feet of retail and entertainment uses and 9 million square feet of office space. The community is also home to the Bellevue Arts Museum and the Meydenbauer Center, as well as two of the nation's premier destination retail centers, The Bellevue Collection and The Shops at The Bravern.

are here, including Microsoft, Expedia and PACCAR, a manufacturer of trucks and other heavy equipment. Newer companies in the city make up many of the top 50 fastestgrowing public companies in

It is estimated that over the next 20 years, 75 percent of Bellevue's population and employment growth will occur in downtown. Two business organizations are active in promoting Bellevue in general and

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Strawberry Festival recalls agricultural past By Heather Trescases It is said that one night, early in 1925, Mrs. Charles W. Bovee dreamt of a celebration in Bellevue that would bring hundreds of visitors and a great deal of recognition to her small and much loved hometown. The Bovees, along with William Cruse, set out to make this dream a reality. The idea? A festival honoring Bellevue’s bountiful strawberry crops. The Strawberry Festival Committee, comprising five men and five women of the community, raised $40.00 to finance Bellevue’s first-ever Strawberry Festival in June 1925, a four-day event that attracted more than 3,000 visitors. Following the event, the front page of The Lake Washington Reflector read: “The Strawberry Festival … must be regarded as an unqualified success. … It literally put Bellevue ‘on the map’…” and sent visitors away “with the impression that here was a beautiful town and a fruitful district settled by a courteous, hospitable people.” From that moment on, the Lake Washington Strawberry Festival, as it came to be known, was an annual event, spread over two or three days. The festival was held behind the Main Street School, located at the southeast corner of Main Street and 100th Avenue, until 1931, when it moved up the street to the Bellevue Clubhouse. The Strawberry Festival not only attracted visitors from all over King County, it also encouraged the participation of other Eastside communities such as Renton and Kirkland, who often provided a day’s worth of entertainment for the event. Since the first Lake Washington floating bridge did not open until 1940, visitors from Seattle arrived in Bellevue by ferry boat. Some even rowed across the lake, just to taste the delicious shortcake! As the years passed, the festival continued to grow and dazzle visitors. In 1927, an estimated 7,000 people attended, and over 2,000 boxes of strawberries, ¾ ton of flour, 100 lbs of butter and 9,000 shortcakes were consumed. 1931 was the first year for a Strawberry Queen, when May

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Carter Stewart was crowned. The ‘Royalty’ tradition continued each year after that. In 1938, approximately 15,000 people attended the festival, consuming a total of 4,172 lbs of strawberries, 69 gallons of whipping cream, 100 gallons of ice cream, and 8,750 shortcakes. Patricia Groves wrote of her hometown’s renowned event in 1934: “The Strawberry Festival … holds all of the glamour and sparkle of a trip to a foreign land, so completely is our town changed while it endures. … All of my friends, both young and old, are laughing. … We feel that it is our duty, and a delightful one at that, to don our festive manners and welcome visitors to our fair city. … Here I … feast my eyes upon the visions of snowy biscuits oozing with juicy, red strawberries and topped with a luscious mound of whipped cream…” In 1942 the Strawberry Festival was abruptly cancelled. The Festival Association gave a variety of reasons, including the rationing of gasoline, a shortage of sugar, conservation of tires and the fact that the war effort was keeping so many workers busy. However, the real explanation was the incarceration of Japanese-Americans in May of that year. Bellevue’s primary strawberry growers were of Japanese descent: at the start of World War II, there were 55 Japanese

families with farms in Bellevue, with a total of 472 acres of land. Without the strawberry growers and harvesters, who were invaluable contributors to the annual Lake Washington Strawberry Festival, the event could not take place. Forty-five years later, in 1987, the Bellevue Historical Society (now the Eastside Heritage Center) revived the Strawberry Festival as a single evening celebration in June. In 2003, Eastside Heritage Center brought the Strawberry Festival back to its roots as a large-scale communitywide event in Old Bellevue. Since 2007, the festival has been located in Bellevue’s Crossroads International Park, where the two-day event draws over 45,000 visitors from around King County. Festival participants enjoy fresh strawberry shortcake, entertainment, hands-on history experiences and exhibits, family fun activities, strawberry shortcake eating contests, arts & crafts, foods of the world and a Classic Auto Show. The Strawberry Festival is Eastside Heritage Center’s signature event, celebrating the region’s agricultural heritage and its diverse cultural past, present and future. We look forward to seeing you this year on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29. Heather Trescases is executive director of the Eastside Heritage Center


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Arts play a key role in Bellevue While office towers and high-end downtown stores may draw people into Bellevue, the heart and soul of any city lays in the arts. Bellevue is a home to robust public patronage, private art institutions and performance festivals. The city of Bellevue established its public art program in 1976, creating a means to fund artists and commission public art installations. The program has since 2004 been guided by the city's strategic vision plan, the "Cultural Compass." Many commissioned sculptures have been installed to emphasize the city's intended "art walk," a pedestrian pathway from city hall to the Lake Washington waterfront. The arts program empha-

The Bellevue Arts Museum offers a variety of exhibits and events. Photo by Sayaka Ito

sizes this walkway through its Bellwether program. In 1992, the program established a biennial sculpture exhibition to engage the community with a broadly inclusive presentation of contemporary sculpture. The exhibition, renamed

Bellwether in 2010, draws artists from across North America, working with myriad materials, techniques and content. The exhibition returns this year. The Public Art in

Neighborhoods Program works to create installations in common spaces of city neighborhoods. Poet, metallurgist and stone artist Bruce Myers was hired by the Arts Commission to create installations in the Bridle Trails and Newport Hills/Lake Heights neighborhoods. "Homage," a series of stone and metal sculptural works for Bridle Trails, was completed in the final months of 2013. As 2013 drew to a close, artwork was well underway and the commission was working to obtain necessary easements. In its 2009 Bel-Red Subarea Plan, the city identified a site for a future arts district, adjacent to the Pacific Northwest See arts, 24

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Founded in 1975, the museum finally moved to its own building, designed by Northwest architect Steven

An artist rendering shows how the Bellevue Youth Theatre will blend in and into the surrounding land. Holl, in 2001. The museum closed its doors to the public in 2003 but, thanks to extensive fundraising, it reopened its doors in 2005 and has since continued to operate without

interruption. The museum provides free admission the first Friday of each month.

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performing arts for all young people, regardless of income or ability, and allow these young people to perform before a live audience. A new $8.8 million facility is being built at Crossroads International Park and is expected to be completed later this year. The building is being tucked into a sloping part of the park. When complete, the roof will be covered with layers of dirt, gravel and then sod. People will be able to congregate on the roof, if they like, which will blend in with the surrounding greenery. The KidsQuest Children's Museum is a private nonprofit that encourages learning through play, guided by

the principles of S.T.E.A.M.: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Many of the exhibits emphasize strong ties to the Pacific Northwest. Currently located in the Marketplace at Factoria, KidsQuest will relocate downtown in 2015.

downtown Bellevue that features free performances every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Chop Shop: Bodies of Work is an annual contemporary dance festival that takes place in February. The showcase displays what its organizers deem the best of the dance scene in the greater Seattle area and beyond. This is a highly anticipated event of new works by a wide variety of professional choreographers and dancers.

Also planned for downtown is the Tataeuchi Center, a 2,000-seat performing arts center that would allow a wide-range of cultural and arts events to be staged on the Eastside. The Bellevue Jazz Festival is an annual concert series, begun in 2008, that takes place in late May and early June. The festival draws local and nationally recognized musicians to venues around the city to perform. Most of these shows are offered freely. Live at Lunch is a summertime event throughout

Quality community-based performing groups entertain often at the modern Theatre at Meydenbauer Center. Since opening in the mid 1990s, this state-of-the-art, 410-seat facility has fulfilled its role as one of the Pacific Northwest's premier places for communitybased performing arts. Among the organizations

that perform at the facility are: Bellevue Civic Theatre: The only professional theatre company in Bellevue with a unique combination of Equity and community actors in each of its shows. The BCT presents contemporary theatre and modern musicals. The company merged with the Renton Civic Theatre prior to its 20132014 season. Bellevue Chamber Chorus: A non-profit organization consisting of 28 professional and avocational musicians of diverse backgrounds, performing music of various styles from all musical periods. Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra: For more than 35 years, the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra has worked to provide a positive and stimulating musical environment for students.

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Bellevue a city of parks, recreation, trails Bellevue calls itself the "City in a Park." For good reason: the city contains more than 70 parks and nearly 100 public recreational facilities in all, including numerous trails, some of them that link one part of a neighborhood to another.

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Bellevue lies among urban forests, wetlands, and streams that support a wide variety of wildlife. City-employed park rangers provide information for visitors and oversee park activities.

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parks CONTINUED FROM PAGE 26 Highland Park Community Center and Skate Park: 14224 Bel-Red Rd. Kelsey Creek Park Farm: 410 130th Pl. S.E. Lake Hills Community Park: 164th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 16th Street Lake Hills Greenbelt: 15416 S.E. 16th St Lakemont Community Park: 5170 Village Park Dr. S.E. Lewis Creek Park: 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E. Marymoor Park: 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E. (Redmond) Mercer Slough Nature Park: 2102 Bellevue Way SE (for Winters House); Park is accessible from Bellevue Way Southeast and Lake Washington Boulevard Southeast/118th Avenue Southeast Pikes Peak Greenbelt: 3850 122nd Ave. N.E. Robinswood Community Park: 2430 148th Ave. S.E. Somerset Greenbelts: 4738 136th Ave. S.E. South Bellevue Community Center: 14509 S.E. Newport Way Sunset Ravine Greenbelt: 13400

S.E. 40th St. Surrey Downs Park: 585 112th Ave S.E. Weowna Park: 1420 168th Ave S.E. Wilburton Hill Park: 12400 Main St.

Waterfront Parks Burrows Landing: Southeast 15th Street and 100th Avenue Southeast Chesterfield Beach Park: 2501 100th Ave. S.E. Chism Beach Park: 9600 S.E. 11th St. Clyde Beach Park: 2 92nd Ave. N.E. Enatai Beach Park: 3519 108th Ave. S.E. Meydenbauer Beach Park: 419 98th Ave N.E. Newcastle Beach Park: 4400 Lake Washington Blvd. S.E.

Neighborhood Parks 99th Avenue Street End: 99th Avenue Northeast, west of Lake Washington Boulevard Ardmore Park: 16833 N.E. 30th St. Ashwood Playfield: 10820 N.E. 10th St. Bel-Red Mini Park: 12300 Bel-Red Rd. Bovee Park: 1500 108th Ave. N.E. Chandler Neighborhood Park: 16692 S.E. 56th Place

Cherry Crest Mini Park: 2532 127th Ave. N.E. Cherry Crest Park: 12404 N.E. 32nd St. Collingwood Mini Park: 16030 S.E. 46th Way Commissioner’s Waterway Mini Park: 1669 148th Ave. N.E. Deer Run Park: 17600 block of Village Park Drive Southeast Enatai Neighborhood Park: 10661 S.E. 25th St. Evergreen Park: 15655 Lake Hills Blvd. Forest Glen Neighborhood Park: 5911 Forest Drive S.E. Forest Hill Neighborhood Park: 13232 S.E. 51st St. Forest Ridge Mini Park: 15439 S.E. 67th St. Goddard Mini Park: 715 100th Ave. N.E. Goldsmith Neighborhood Park: 14475 N.E. 35th St. Hillaire Park: 15803 N.E. 6th St. Ivanhoe Park: 16600 Northup Way Keeney Park: 17203 Northup Way Killarney Glen Park: 1933 104th Ave. S.E. Lakemont Highlands Neighborhood Park: 15800 S.E. 63rd St. Lattawood Park: 4530 155th Ave. S.E.

McCormick Park: 11190 N.E. 12th St. Meadow Wood Park: 13817 S.E. 60th St. Newport Hills Park: 6029 120th Ave. S.E. Northtowne Neighborhood Park: 2800 104th Ave. N.E. Norwood Village Neighborhood Park: 12309 S.E. 23rd Pl. Robinsglen Nature Park: 16357 S.E. 16th St. Saddleback Mini Park: 5501 152nd Pl. S.E. Silverleaf Park: 4900 block of 164th Avenue Southeast Sixth Street Park: 10116 S.E. 6th St. Skyridge Park: 13601 S.E. 20th St. Spiritridge Park: 16100 S.E. 33rd Pl. Spiritwood Park: 1813 146th Ave. S.E. Sunrise Neighborhood Park: 17551 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. S.E. Sunset Park: 2837 139th Ave. S.E. Tam O'Shanter Park: 1655 173rd Ave. N.E. Viewpoint Park: 134th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 24th Street. Westwood Highlands Neighborhood Park: 5501 136th Pl. S.E. Wildwood Park: 260 101st Ave. S.E. Woodridge Water Tower Park:1843 125th Ave. S.E.

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Distinctive neighborhoods in Bellevue For all its retail, commerce and skyscraper-dotted downtown, Bellevue is primarily a city of neighborhoods, each special in its own way. The city of Bellevue describes 13 neighborhoods on its website. Here is a look at each.

Bridle Trails

Demographics Population: 4,560 Percentage of city: 4 percent Under 18: 1,177 (26 percent of the area) Housing Units: 1,730 Bridle Trails is Bellevue's unique equestrian neighborhood area, with acres of residential property devoted to pastures and trails for horses. While not every family is part of the equestrian culture, all residents enjoy the peaceful ambience here. Bridle Trails is heavily wooded, with an extensive trail system and predominance of large single-family lots. Nearly two-thirds of the area is

covered with second-growth timber, and residents have accepted extra regulation to protect trees on public and private property. Local residents also have taken the initiative to preserve Bridle Trails State Park, a 482-acre preserve with 28 miles of equestrian and pedestrian trails. While most of Bridle Trails has a quiet, semi-rural appearance with horses grazing in lush green meadows, the area includes a strip of apartments and condominiums along the busy 148th Avenue arterial, and a variety of businesses to the south along Northeast 24th Street and State Route 520.

Crossroads

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heart of East Bellevue. It’s the focal point for entertainment, shopping and community services for area residents. Bustling, densely populated and richly diverse, Crossroads is characterized by an abundance of large apartment complexes and retail establishments. Crossroads Bellevue, the shopping center at Northeast Eighth Street and 156th Avenue Northeast, is a hub of activity, featuring regular stage entertainment and special events, a popular ethnic food court and an activity area where local residents gather to play chess and other games. The city operates three major facilities to address the needs and interests of East Bellevue residents: Mini City Hall, offering city and community services in nine languages; the Crossroads Community Center, offering, a variety of recreational, educational and social service programs; and the Police Crossroads substation, providing public safety services to the area. Crossroads offers a variety of housing, but in general is one of Bellevue’s more affordable areas. Many of the community’s

nonprofit human service providers are located nearby. Crossroads Park, adjacent to both the community center and the shopping center, features a nine-hole golf course, a water park for children, and a popular multipurpose park for everyday users and special events. Coming soon will be a new facility for Bellevue Youth Theatre.

Eastgate/Cougar Mountain

Demographics Population: 16,820 Percentage of city: 13 percent Under 18: 4,205 (25 percent of the area) Housing Units: 6,190 Predominately single-family residential neighborhoods rise up the slopes of Cougar Mountain in this scenic neighborhood area adjacent to natural, untamed stretches of countryside. While cougars are rare, it isn’t unusual for residents to spot raccoons, opossums, deer – or even an occasional bear – taking an early morning stroll through the neighborhood. In 2012, the large unincorporated Eastgate neighborhood at the foot of the mountain was annexed to the city, adding nearly 5,000 residents and 1,896 homes to this neighborhood area. Steep grades, upscale developments with

large new homes and spectacular views are characteristic of Cougar Mountain, and view preservation is a major issue. To protect views and other neighborhood qualities, many of the subdivisions in this area have strictly enforced covenants and restrictions on the use of private property. Many neighborhoods have communityowned greenbelts and other amenities. Except for downtown, no area of the city has grown as rapidly in the last 15 years as the recently developed neighborhoods in the higher elevations of Eastgate/Cougar Mountain. Lakemont, Vuemont and other hilltop neighborhoods look out over Lake Sammamish and the Cascade Mountains to the east, downtown Bellevue, Lake Washington and Seattle to the west. A pedestrian trail system links homes to neighborhood parks, the regional Cougar Mountain Park and the neighborhood shopping center at Lakemont. About half of this area is in the Bellevue School District; students in the other half attend schools in the Issaquah district. Commercial uses – primarily retail businesses and office buildings – line the area’s northerly frontage along I-90.

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Factoria

Demographics Population: 3,708 Percentage of city: 3 percent Under 18: 896 (24 percent of the area) Housing Units: 1,635 Just to the west of Somerset, Factoria is a major commercial and employment center serving the entire region. It is home to the Market Place at Factoria, surrounding retail development and a number of business offices and corporate headquarters, including T-Mobile. The small and intensely developed commercial area is bordered by Interstate 405 on the west and I-90 on the north. A significant amount of multifamily housing and outlying single-family neighborhoods ring the commercial district. The neighborhoods include Mockingbird Hill, between Newport High School and I-405, and Monthaven, a well-maintained enclave tucked into the hillside just west of Somerset.

Newport

Demographics Population: 9,455 Percentage of city: 8 percent Under 18: 2,159 (23 percent of the area) Housing Units: 3,728 The Newport area includes two distinct communities – the Newport Hills/Lake Heights neighborhoods east of Interstate 405 and the Newport Shores district lying along the Lake Washington Shore, west of I-405. The Newport Shores neighborhood is built around a series of man-made inlets, with homes oriented toward the waterfront, boating and lake activities. Newport Hills, covering a plateau between Coal Creek and Lake Washington, was nearly fully developed when the city annexed it in 1992. The Lake Heights and Newport Hills neighborhoods are cohesive communities, featuring a wide variety of housing types. Both neighborhoods enjoy a strong sense of community, and both are represented by long-standing, active neighborhood associations. Newport Hills' single-family and multifamily neighborhoods are generally oriented toward the retail center on 119th Avenue Southeast. On the west, Newport Hills is separated from I-405 by steep ravines and tree-covered hills. To the east, the neighborhood is bordered by the 146-

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Northeast Bellevue

Demographics Population: 17,222 Percentage of city: 14 percent Under 18: 3,565 (21 percent of the area) Housing Units: 7,253 Stretching from Lake Sammamish to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Northeast Bellevue is a tapestry of housing developments, parks and schools. Aside from the businesses along 156th Avenue Northeast and Bel-Red Road on the neighborhood’s western border, the area is entirely residential. Neighborhoods in the western portion of Northeast Bellevue were built mostly in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The southeastern portion of the area features two miles of frontage along Lake Sammamish, with large homes hugging the lakeside and other homes nestled in the heights above the lake, where they enjoy scenic views of lake and mountains beyond. Some of the subdivisions include private recreational facilities such as tennis courts and a golf course. The northern, triangular portion of this neighborhood juts into Redmond. Many residents are employed by Microsoft and supporting high tech companies. The woodsy character of the neighborhood is reflected in subdivision names such as Sherwood Forest. Three of Bellevue’s 16 public elementary schools and one of its four high schools are in this neighborhood area..

Northwest Bellevue

Demographics Population: 12,292 Percentage of city: 10 percent Under 18: 2,050 (17 percent of the area) Housing Units: 7,415 Framing downtown on the north and west, Northwest Bellevue is a mixed residential area of low to moderate densities. Neighborhoods are well maintained – often through the enforcement of restrictive covenants drafted to protect the neighborhoods’ special character and quality. The Northtowne Shopping Center provides shopping for area residents, and Bellevue Way runs north-south, bisecting the community into west and east halves and connecting residents to downtown businesses. Neighborhoods west of Bellevue Way blend into the communities of Medina and Clyde Hill, which are separately incorporated. Between 2002 and 2006, this area was dramatically affected by a local boom

in residential development. Northwest Bellevue – with its prime location close to downtown and its beautiful, mature neighborhoods – became a target for redevelopment. Small homes throughout the area were purchased for development, torn down and replaced by very large homes, causing some residents to protest changes in neighborhood character caused by the “megahome” trend. In response, the city adopted regulations to ensure that new development was respectful of existing neighborhood character.

Sammamish/East Lake Hills

Demographics Population: 10,375 Percentage of city: 8 percent Under 18: 2,175 (21 percent of the area) Housing Units: 4,033 One of Bellevue's older, established residential areas, East Lake Hills enjoys an extensive open space and parks system built around unique natural assets, including Weowna Park with its old-growth forest, and Phantom Lake with its connections to Larsen Lake and the Lake Hills Greenbelt. To the east, upscale residential areas with expensive homes flank the western shore of Lake Sammamish.The city annexed much of this area in 2001. Upland neighborhoods to the west include Spiritridge, Phantom Lake and part of Lake Hills.The eastern and western halves of Lake Hills are divided by 156th Avenue. West Lake Sammamish Parkway is the other major north-south route providing access to local residents.

Somerset

Demographics Population: 7,659 Percentage of city: 6 percent Under 18: 1,819 (26 percent of the area) Housing Units: 2,519 Residents say Somerset is what the founders of Bellevue – French for beautiful view – must have had in mind when they named the city. The hill called Somerset, which tops out just under 1,000 feet, turned out to be a favorite spot to gaze out across Lake Washington and Seattle to Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. And the beautiful view continues today, with Somerset being a favorite vantage point from which to watch the Blue Angels during Seafair, enjoy Fourth of July and New Year's Eve fireworks or to just take in panoramic views of Bellevue and Seattle. Somerset began construction of the first of its 22 divisions incorporating more than SEE NEIGHBORHOODS, 31


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1,200 homes in the early 1960s. The last division was completed in the late 1970s. Due to its proximity to Interstate 90 and Interstate 405, Somerset provides quick and easy access to employment, entertainment and recreation. The Somerset Community Association is a well-organized group representing neighborhood interests and offering various interest groups, including a singles group for those 50 and older, a "Sunshine Committee" to send cards and fix meals for ailing residents and a covenant review committee. The neighborhood has an active landscape program, a Block Watch and an emergency preparedness program. Neighborhoods in the Somerset area include Hilltop, Horizon View and Tamara Hills, which were unincorporated until 2012, when they were annexed to Bellevue.

West Bellevue and Downtown

Demographics Population: 11,488 Percentage of city: 9 percent Under 18: 1,936 (17 percent of the area) Housing Units: 7,692 West Bellevue – the original Bellevue – is an area that continues to grow with a mix of attractive neighborhoods, downtown retail and office buildings, and an extensive park and open space network. High-rise, mixed-use buildings and a thriving regional retail center (Bellevue Square, The Bravern and surrounding retail) dominate the downtown core. Restaurants, theaters, a convention center, an art museum and other facilities provide services for Bellevue and the region. Main Street – sometimes called Old Bellevue – is another thriving retail area with unique shops and restaurants and newer, mixed-use buildings. An expanded waterfront park at Meydenbauer Bay is on the drawing board. A significant residential population is developing in the downtown core, as more high-rise condominium and apartment complexes are built. The area also contains long-standing well-maintained single-family neighborhoods to the north and south, sharply delineated from the high-density downtown by Main Street on the south and Northeast 12th Street on the north. The vast Mercer Slough Park, a unique wetlands habitat and recreational area, and Bellevue Downtown Park – acclaimed for

Larsen Lake in West Lake Hille.

West Lake Hills

Demographics Population: 12,484 Percentage of city: 10 percent Under 18: 2,721 (22 percent of the area) Housing Units: 5,225 Originally developed in the late 1950s as a planned community with the Lake Hills Shopping Center at its core, the area contains much of Bellevue’s relatively affordable single-family and multifamily housing. The richness of the community lies in its extensive system of open space, trails and wetlands. The Lake Hills greenbelt is a wetland corridor encompassing more than 172 acres of woods and wetlands, home to coyotes, muskrats and an array of songbirds. The Lake Hills Ranger Station on Southeast 16th Street provides a convenient source of information about the greenbelt, which connects Phantom Lake on the south with Larson Lake and its surrounding blueberry fields on the north. Looking north from office and research facilities along Interstate 90, West Lake Hills is home to the growing campus of Bellevue College and to Robinswood Community Park with its tennis center and lighted athletic fields. The neighborhood’s dominant roadway, 148th Avenue, is a busy thoroughfare not only carrying local traffic, but also accommodating a significant amount of regional traffic between I-90 and SR 520. The East Bellevue Community Council, an elected five-member body, has jurisdiction over land use decisions affecting this part of the city.

Wilburton

Demographics

Population: 3,966 Percentage of city: 3 percent Under 18: 711 (18 percent of the area) Housing Units: 1,880 Platted in 1904 as the company town for the Hewitt-Lea Logging Company, Bellevue’s historic Wilburton neighborhood is an enclave of single-family and multifamily housing known not only for its rich history, but also for its beautiful views, parks and wooded areas. Major parks include the widely acclaimed Bellevue Botanical Garden and the 160-acre Kelsey Creek Park, which features barns and farm animals. The Wilburton area also contains significant light industrial uses – at the southern end along I-90, and in the BelRed corridor. Bel-Red – between the densely developed downtown and Redmond’s urban center at Overlake – likely will become its own neighborhood as it has been rezoned for mixed-use development, oriented around new East Link stops and the area’s physical amenities (Goff Creek, West Tributary, Lake Bellevue). An art district is also envisioned for the area.

Woodridge

Demographics Population: 4,541 Percentage of city: 4 percent Under 18: 869 (19 percent of the area) Housing Units: 2,217 The Woodridge neighborhood area includes the entirety of Woodridge Hill, a residential area rising just south of downtown and east of Interstate 405, and a long strip of multifamily, office and light industrial development flanking Richards Road. Woodridge is characterized by quiet streets and comfortable family homes – many with views of Lake Washington, downtown Bellevue and Seattle. Much of the community’s daily life revolves around Woodridge Elementary School, at the top of the hill. Norwood Village, built on Woodridge Hill by World War II veterans in the late 1940s, adds historical and architectural significance to the community. Local architects designed the Norwood housing to take advantage of outstanding views. By varying home design and creatively placing homes on lots to maximize views, developers managed to avoid the uniform look of tract housing – and the project was praised in 1952 editions of home and garden magazines. Both Woodridge and Norwood developed their own community swimming pools, which still attract families to the neighborhood.


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