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Inside 4 | Introduction 5 | Botanical Garden 6 | KidsQuest Museum 7 | Boys & Girls Clubs 12 | Fire, utilities 13 | Parks 14 | Schools 15 | Strawberry Festival 18 | Neighborhoods William Shaw, Publisher wshaw@soundpublishing.com Carrie Rodriguez, Editor editor@soundpublishing.com

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Welcome to Bellevue Dear Residents,


regional issues such as traffic congestion, homelessness and affordable housing.

ellevue welcomes the world. It is truly We are a city for all our residents. a multicultural city. In 2016, we improved access for Our strength is in our people with hearing impairments diversity and vibrancy. As we embrace the future, we respect and by installing hearing loop technology in our most build on the past. Mayor’s Memo popular City Hall meeting With each new day, there rooms. We helped are more reasons why preserve affordable Bellevue is “the place you housing at Highland want to be.” Village. We invested in special programming for The $1.5 billion biennial “welcoming the world,” JOHN city budget is balanced, STOKES including monthly maintains current service Cultural Conversations levels and establishes a solid and a variety of other events that foundation. Through the Budget engage our diverse community. One process, we put the emphasis on community outcomes, not departments, when determining how funding is allocated to city programs and services.

We are moving forward on our 2016-2017 City Council Vision Priorities and collaborating with our neighboring cities to address


Thank you for approving two levies that will make our community safer. The Fire Facilities levy will enhance our fire department’s capabilities to serve Bellevue by upgrading fire facilities and building a 10th fire station that will serve downtown and surrounding

areas. The transportation-focused Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion levy will improve neighborhood safety, reduce neighborhood congestion and use technology to further address safety and traffic management. As we look back at 2016, Bellevue is embracing its lively, urban downtown core while managing growth citywide. Well-known companies such as REI and Salesforce are choosing Bellevue for relocating their headquarters or expanding their operations. At the same time, we are preserving the uniqueness of the neighborhoods and our “City in a Park” feel that makes Bellevue’s quality of life the envy of other communities. Join us in celebrating our great city as we’re living for today and ready for tomorrow’s opportunities. You can learn more about the city by visiting BellevueWA.gov.

Bellevue Botanical Garden celebrates 25 years BY MADISON MILLER mmillerl@bellevuereporter.com


he Bellevue Botanical Garden celebrated its 25th anniversary in June. Nancy Kartes, the garden’s manager, has seen the garden grow since it began. She started as a staff member in 1992. After taking a few years off to raise children, Kartes remained a board member until she returned in 2007 as the manager. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for economics, but changed to horticulture. “I have been intrigued by the plant world since my grandpa explained

grafting to me when I was 5. I excelled as an econ major, but hated it. I decided life was too long to spend it in a career I didn’t enjoy, so I changed my major to horticulture,” she said. The garden was created when Cal and Harriet Shorts gifted their home and 7-acre property to the city of Bellevue for a park. Neighbors Bob and Iris Jewett proposed that the Parks Department create a botanical garden and the parks director, Lee Springgate, agreed on the condition that the community assist the city in creating and maintaining the garden.

The Jewetts formed the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society to promote and support the garden. They have been joined by eight other horticultural groups who partner with the city to make the garden a reality. Kartes believes the garden is vital to the community. “The garden is a wonderful place for citizens to gather, seek respite from a hectic world, learn new skills, be inspired, tap into their own creativity, and learn the best plants and gardening practices for Northwest gardens. Over 300,000 people visit the garden each year,” she

said. Kartes added that it has been “intensely gratifying” to work with city staff, garden partners and volunteers over a 25-year span and watch the garden come to life.

Visit www. bellevuebotanical.org to learn more about the garden, the programs and events and search the online plant database to learn how to create a garden at home.

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Children from across the Eastside clamored to play with the toys and interactive exhibits at the new KidsQuest Children’s Museum location on 108th Avenue Northeast when it opened on Jan. 31. The new facility includes a toddler splash zone, an “on the go” gallery with a big-rig semi truck cab, a stage, a reading nook, an oversize train table, an art studio with a kiln, a quiet nursing area and the “Bellevue Mercantile” reflecting historic Bellevue with an ice cream parlor and a cow wash. “It’s unbelievable. My dream come true. I have such an amazing team that has worked so hard and I’m so proud of what we’ve done,” KidsQuest President Putter Bert said at the opening. KidsQuest first opened in Factoria in 2005. Museum officials began searching for a new location several years ago to accommodate their growing attendance. They eventually purchased the former Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art. Portions of the Whyel doll collection are being used in a rotating KidsQuest exhibit. The Bellevue City Council allocated $2 million toward the museum in 2015, King County Council and 4Culture contributed another $1 million toward the museum. The museum also raised more than $4 million through staff, board members and public and private pledges. They had an initial projected fundraising goal of $12.7 million. The KidsQuest Museum is located at 1116 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue. For information, visit www.kidsquestmuseum.org or call 425-637-8100.


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Top: A boy plays with an oversize train table during the KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s opening day on Jan. 31. The new museum includes an ice cream parlor (left) and a cow wash (above).

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Thousands of children, teenagers and residents of all ages can enjoy the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club facility in Downtown, which opened in October 2016. The 27,000-squarefoot facility is the organization’s main building and is located at 209 100th Ave. NE. The formerly boysfocused club opened its doors in 1952 and became the first club

in the nation to open their doors to girls in the mid-1970s. The original clubhouse underwent renovations around the same time. Currently, the dozen Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue provide over one million hours of out-of-school programs annually for 14,000 youths. The increased service and population growth in Downtown Bellevue strained the original building, and the organization ultimately decided to replace it in

The 27,000-square-foot Boys and Girls Clubhouse features a preschool. January 2012. “It will allow us to improve the quality of existing programs and enable the Club

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Sparc Apartments usher in Spring District BY RYAN MURRAY rmurray@bellevuereporter.com

For years, the Spring District has been a bold plan for the city of Bellevue to draw residents and businesses in a transitoriented area. A major step in the project officially opened in May. Sparc Apartments opened amid “the sound of progress” of construction vehicles on May 18, as elected leaders helped cut the ribbon on the live, work and play community. Sparc has 309 apartments ranging from studios to three bedrooms, and is the first in a long line of projects in the Spring District to open its doors. The leasing office opened earlier this month and residents are already moving into the fivebuilding complex. Mayor John Stokes, Bellevue Councilmembers Conrad lee and Lynne Robinson and King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci all helped kick off Sparc’s grand opening, which has already leased more than 14,000-square feet to Bright Horizons, an early education center with a playground that is public after school lets out. John Marasco, chief development officer of investor Security Properties, said his company was excited to be on board with the Spring District. “We could not be happier that the Spring District is finally opening its doors with the arrival of Sparc Apartments,” he said. “Our vision of shaping this new neighborhood into a destination for urban living has come into fruition.” Sparc’s amenities, include a rooftop court yard with a putting green, a fitness center, pet washing station, bike storage and maintenance, WiFi cafe, and event space complete with a demonstration kitchen, game room and media lounge. The Spring District is a 8 | MY CITY 2017 • BELLEVUE

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A view of the Spring District area in Bellevue. The district is a 16-block, 36-acre development project that is intended to be a transit-oriented mixed-use urban neighborhood. 16-block, 36-acre development project under developer WrightRunstad, which is intended to be a transit-oriented mixed-use urban neighborhood located on a former Safeway grocery distribution center between the Bel-Red corridor and State Route 520 in Bellevue, overlooking downtown Bellevue. The campus, modeled after Portland’s thriving Pearl District, will be home to future retailers, restaurants, hotels and more than 2,000 residents and 13,000 employees. Outdoor goods company REI signed a non-binding letter of agreement last year to move its headquarters from Kent to the Spring District by 2020. One of the draws for the company was a network of interconnected bike trails and green spaces Bellevue had promised. Mayor Stokes said he was in

discussions early on with REI to help reassure the co-op. The Grand Connection — a path of interconnected green spaces from Meydenbauer Bay Park to the Spring District through Downtown — and the Snohomish County-to-Renton Eastside Rail Corridor will be two major projects intended to improve non-vehicular transportation in the Eastside. The Spring District was partially planned around them. Perhaps an even larger draw is the proximity of the Spring District to a proposed light rail station dedicated to the development, scheduled to open for service in 2023. Balducci said work on improving the Bel-Red corridor started back in 2006, and the Spring District was a long time coming. Later this year the Global

Innovation Exchange – a partnership between the University of Washington, China’s Tsinghua University and Microsoft – will welcome its first students for a graduate degree program that combines project-based learning in design thinking, technology development and entrepreneurship. Adjacent to Sparc, Security Properties is building Phase II of their Spring District mixeduse residential development. Scheduled to open in late 2018, Phase II will consist of three buildings and 279 units of studio-, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The project will include two ground-floor commercial spaces, totaling 3,700 square feet, designed to attract neighborhood oriented retailers and other service providers.


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Kathy Haggart, the organization’s president and CEO. The construction of the downtown clubhouse, a teen center in Lake Hills and a new field house in Hidden Valley cost $23.5 million. Around $11 million of that money was to go towards the downtown clubhouse. The city of Bellevue contributed $1.5 million for the downtown location and gave funding and assisted with construction on the Hidden Valley and the East Bellevue locations. The 27,000-square-foot clubhouse features a gym, tech lab, teaching kitchen, games room, tween/teen space, community room, education center and a preschool. It will also be used as a multigenerational community center when not being used for youth

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programming. Bellevue does not currently have a community center downtown, and Mayor John Stokes said that the clubhouse on 110th Avenue Northeast and its proximity to Downtown Park and the Inspiration Playground and sensory garden makes it an ideal spot. “Our goal is to have the lights on nearly 24/7. We want this facility to be used by the community,” Haggart said.

Clubhouses • Main Club and Great Futures Preschool 209 100th Ave. NE 425-454-6162 • Hidden Valley Fieldhouse 1903 112th Ave. NE 425-998-5795 • South Bellevue 14509 SE Newport Way 425-649-4016 • Crossroads Community Center 16000 NE 10th St. 425-746-2827 • Eastside Terrace 704 147th Place NE

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The Metropolitan King County Council passed the Eastside Rail Corridor’s Trail Master Plan in February, taking the next step in making the trail system a reality. The Eastside Rail Corridor is along the former BNSF rail line that runs 42 miles from Snohomish County to Renton. A pedestrian and cycling trail has be discussed for years along the trail, and with the passing of the master plan, work could begin soon. The key to the trail is a 16.7 miles of new trail through the urban Eastside. An aerial view of the Wilburton Trestle in Bellevue. King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci spoke about the proposed car-free corridor. the most unique corridors in the thousands of residents up and “I am excited to approve the country,” said Balducci, the Chair down the Eastside to transit, Trail Master Plan so we can of the Eastside Rail Corridor’s trail, recreation and economic Washington State Chapter Washington Chapter finally roll up ourState sleeves and Regional Advisory Committee. development opportunities.” Serving Washington & Northern Idaho Washington Northern getServing to work on creating& one of Idaho “We will be connecting According to King County, the

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the trestle would be preserved. “The iconic Wilburton Trestle will be the symbol of the world-class regional trail system we’re creating along the Eastside Rail Corridor,” he said. “We’re repurposing the historic trestle into a premier public asset that will provide commuters, cyclists, runners and pedestrians with a spectacular view of the Eastside skyline.” The trail corridor project is anticipated to be completed by 2020, just in time for REI’s headquarters move to Bellevue’s nascent Spring District. “This Master Trail Plan is an important milestone in the development of this great treasure for all of King County,” said King

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made every day and this is just one more very important step in that journey.” The project is being backed by $5 million in state funding, $2 million from King County, $2 million from the city of

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he 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. 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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Station One – 766 Bellevue Way


Drinking Water Bellevue’s drinking water comes from protected watersheds of the Cedar and South Fork Tolt rivers in the Cascade Mountains It meets or exceeds state and federal water quality requirements. Residents can learn more about their water in the annual drinking water quality report at www.bellevue. gov/water_quality.htm. To ensure reliable water service to residents, Bellevue Utilities has a water main replacement program that targets pipes that 12 | MY CITY 2017 • BELLEVUE

Cardiac Save Rate: 58 percent (Utstein formula, 2014) Patient transports to area hosp tals: 6,032 (2014, ALS and BLS)

Fires confined: Fires confined to room of origin: 91 percent (2014) Station Three – 16100 NE Eighth St. Station Four – 4216 Factoria Blvd. S.E. Station Five – 9621 NE 24th St. Station Seven – 11900 SE Eighth St.

Station Two – 2802148th Ave. S.E.

he water you use and drink, and the trash you toss – all come under the control of the Bellevue Utilities Department that manages:

Total incidents/responses: 17,739 (2014, suppression, rescue and EMS combined)

Station Six – 1850 132nd Ave. N.E.



Fire Department Personnel: 201 (199 suppression/EMS personnel)

Station Eight – 5701 Lakemont Blvd. S.E. Station Nine – 12412 Newcastle Way

are most susceptible to breaking. If there is sudden water outage or water quality issues call Bellevue Utilities 24-hour Emergency Response at 425452-7840.

Storm and surface Water Water flowing off a property, whether from rain or a hose, ends up in the Bellevue Utilities storm and surface water system. The system is a combination of streams, lakes, wetlands, pipes, catch basins and flood control sites – private and public systems. They provide the safe movement of stormwater to streams, lakes and wetlands, and protect natural habitat. Anything on the surface, such as fertilizer or soap from a washed car, can wash into storm drains which flows without treatment into a streams and eventually lakes. It

Fire and life safety inspections in 2014: 7,113 (4,940 completed by firefighter crews, 2,172 by fire prevention staff ) Operating Budget: $44 million (2014, combined fire suppression, EMS and fire prevention) Firefighter starting salary: $5,715 monthly ($68, 5682 annual), 2014.

can harm the natural environment. If you notice polluted water running into a storm drain or stream or if your home or business is in danger of flooding, call Utilities 24-hour Emergency Response at 425-452-7840.

and other products labelled as flushable out. Fats, oil, and grease from cooking should also be disposed of in the trash and not down the drain.


Bellevue contracts with Republic Services for garbage and recycling services that include garbage, general household trash, food scraps and yard trimmings. The contract with Republic Services (Allied Waste) lets residents in single-family homes recycle small appliances, computer equipment, small TVs, clothing and linens free at the curb.

Wastewater is all the water that leaves the inside of a building hrough sinks, toilets, washing machines, etc. and enters Bellevue's wastewater (sewage) collection system. Wastewater then flows through city pipes into King County's regional sewage system, where it is treated to meet federal and state water quality standards. easements. Residents can help prevent wastewater backups into homes and maintain the health of the city system by flushing only toilet paper down the drain and keeping wipes

Recycling and organics

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Bellevue — a city in a park Bellevue is known by some as a “city in a park.” With more than 100 parks, open spaces, athletic fields and outdoors locations covering more than 2,700 acres throughout the city, it’s hard to disagree. Parks range from the tiny onethird of an acre Bel-Red Mini Park to more than 320 acres at Mercer Slough Nature Park, the city doesn’t lack for green spaces. Families can enjoy more than 85 miles of trails, 46 playgrounds, seven beach parks with 8,760 feet of waterfront, five community centers, 32 athletic fields and two separate blueberry farms throughout the city. Parks include hiking and cycling trails, docks and boat launches, kayak area, equestrian

zones, u-pick blueberry farms, historical and environmental markers to learn more about the city. Some notable parks include the centerpiece Bellevue Downtown Park, which comprises 21-acres of valuable real estate next to Old Town Bellevue and the skyscrapers of downtown. It will soon play host to the Inspiration Playground, designed for children and adults of all abilities. The Bellevue Botanical Garden treats more than 300,000 visitors every year to cultivated display gardens, wetlands and a woodland trail. The Chism Beach Park on the shores of Lake Washington will soon play host to the historic Burrows Cabin (Bellevue’s oldest building), which is moving from nearby.

A person looks out over the lake at Meydenbauer Beach Park. Robinswood Park is a popular destination for athletes, featuring a lighted soccer and softball fields, a pond and children play area. Kelsey Creek Farm Park in the Richards Valley has more than 150 acres of forest, meadows and wetlands. It includes an

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animal farm with barns and guides to teach children about farm animals. From Wilburton to Bridle Trails, parks are a popular and free feature for Bellevue’s residents and thousands of visitors every year.

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he 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. Puesta del Sol ("Sunset") is the first stop for families

interested in enrolling their elementary students in Spanish Immersion. Students are taught the standard K-5 curriculum in Spanish by instructors with native or near-native fluency. English-language education is introduced in third grade; By this time, English ability will have fallen behind that of peers in other schools, but performance 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")

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Students in the Bellevue School District speak during a class. 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.

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Strawberry Festival celebrates city’s history


efore the skyscrapers, technology companies and Interstate 405 toll lanes, Bellevue was farm country.

A rich agricultural spot not far from Seattle, the city was famous for its berries. None more so than the strawberry, a hardy little fruit that still pops up in gardens around the area from time to time. This agrarian past is celebrated every June by one of the city’s largest events — the Bellevue Strawberry Festival. The town first hosted the “Lake Washington Strawberry Festival” in 1925, but was canceled in 1942, when 55 Bellevue farmers of Japanese descent were forced into internment camps during World War II and didn’t return to the area after their ordeal. That sordid history in mind, the Eastside Heritage Center (then the Bellevue Historical Society) brought back the festival as a one-day event in 1987 and then as a large community event in 2003 in Old Town to celebrate and learn about the history of Bellevue. Since 2007, the event has been held at Crossroads Park. Last year’s event attracted more than 50,000 people to the park. While history plays a major part of the festival, sweet berries and family fun are the reason for the weekend, which includes a strawberry shortcake eating contest.


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Bellevue neighborhoods Bellevue is a community of diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. The city of Bellevue has 16 distinct neighborhood areas, each with their own unique neighborhood character and identity. Bellevue’s neighborhoods are home to a diverse and well-connected community of neighbors with local connections to schools, stores, parks, trails and the natural beauty that defines the character of the Pacific Northwest. The city’s role is to ensure that neighborhoods enjoy a high-quality environment that facilitates a safe and welcoming community, are able to adapt to changing needs, and preserve what is cherished most. Here is a look at each:


Population: 1,244 Percentage of City: 1 percent Under 18: 245 (19.7 percent of the area) Housing Units: 493

BelRed is being transformed from a light industrial area into one of Bellevue’s newest mixed use, transit oriented neighborhoods. The transformation will include the addition of three Sound Transit light rail stations, new investments in arterial street improvements, pedestrian and bike facilities, an arts district, parks and open spaces, and the daylighting of the Kelsey Creek salmon-bearing headwaters and Golf creek. Located between Downtown Bellevue and Microsoft headquarters, this neighborhood provides an ideal location for convenient access to anywhere you want to go. BelRed is already known for Overlake Hospital, Group Health and its many medical facilities, as 18 | MY CITY 2017 • BELLEVUE

well as a large number of small businesses that provide essential home supplies and specialty services. Within BelRed is the hidden treasure of Highline Community Center, with its “log cabin” building and rustic charm, also home to Bellevue’s indoor and outdoor Skate Park. The Spring District is already under construction, adding new residential and office space, as well as a new brewpub. BelRed will also be welcoming the campus of the new Global Innovation Exchange, a partnership between two leading research universities, the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, with foundational support from Microsoft.

Bridle Trails

Population: 10,469 Percentage of City: 8 percent Under 18: 1,847 (17.6 percent of the area) Housing Units: 4,943

Bridle Trails is Bellevue’s 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 vast green spaces and peaceful ambience found here. Bridle Trails is heavily wooded, with an extensive trail system and a predominance of large single-family lots. Nearly twothirds 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 goose strolls through a Bellevue neighborhood. a quiet, semi-rural appearance with horses grazing in lush green meadows, the area includes a strip of apartments and condominiums along 148th Avenue NE, across from Microsoft’s main campus. Bridle Trails has an active neighborhood association and includes several smaller neighborhoods for families to connect in community, including Trails End, Pikes Peak, Cherry Crest, Bellemead, North Creek, Compton Green, Compton Trails and many more. The school attendance area includes Cherry Crest Elementary School, Odle Middle School and Sammamish High School.

Cougar Mountain / Lakemont

Population: 11,416 Percentage of City: 8 percent Under 18: 2,680 (23.5 percent of the area) Housing Units: 4,134

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

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occasional bear – taking an early morning stroll through the neighborhood. A pedestrian trail network provides an oasis of natural beauty for all to enjoy, linking homes to neighborhood parks, neighborhoods to each other and the regional Cougar Mountain Park (in Newcastle) and the neighborhood shopping center at Lakemont. Steep grades, upscale developments with large newer homes and spectacular views are characteristic of Cougar Mountain/Lakemont. The area is home to a large number of .recently built planned neighborhood communities, including the Summit, Forest Ridge, Vuemont, and Cougar Mountain/Lakemont developments. Cougar Mountain also provides a great place for biking enthusiasts to practice their skill at uphill climbs. About half of this area is in the Bellevue School District; students in the other half attend schools in the Issaquah and Renton .districts.


Population: 14,404 Percentage of City: 10 percent Under 18: 2,897 (20.1 percent SEE NEIGHBOR, 19


of the area) Housing Units: 6,137

In many ways, Crossroads is the heart of East Bellevue. It’s the focal point for entertainment, cultural exchange, shopping and community services for area residents. Bustling, densely populated and richly diverse, Crossroads is characterized by an abundance of large apartment complexes, established single-family neighborhoods and restaurant and retail establishments. Crossroads Shopping Center, located at Northeast Eighth Street and 156th Avenue Northeast, is a hub of activity, featuring regular stage entertainment and special events, a seasonal Farmer’s Market, 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 information and referral services in many languages; the Crossroads Community Center and the Crossroads Police substation. Bellevue’s Youth Theater now graces the Crossroads community with its year-round youth productions, including theater in-the-round and outdoor amphitheater shows. Crossroads Park features a nine-hole golf course, a water park for children, and a popular multipurpose park for everyday users and hosts Bellevue’s annual Strawberry Festival. Many of the community’s nonprofit human service providers are located nearby.


Population: 11,931 Percentage of City: 9 percent Under 18: 1,079 (9 percent of the area) Housing Units: 8,805

Downtown Bellevue is the primary economic and employment center for the city and the region – and over the past two decades, has become Bellevue’s fastest growing residential neighborhood. Downtown Bellevue sets a high bar for urban living. With a great mix of senior housing, young professionals and families, downtown Bellevue has become home to an intergenerational community – all enjoying the walkability, safety, and energy of living in the heart of Bellevue’s city life. With the convenience of casual and fine dining, world class shopping and cultural attractions, as well as the Downtown Park and Meydenbauer Bay, all within walking distance - something fabulous is always close by. It could be a new exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum, a show during the Jazz Festival or some family-fun at Snowflake Lane. Old Bellevue on Main, the Bellevue Collection, the Bravern, or any of the specialty stores and restaurants located Downtown provide opportunities to discover something new yearround. Downtown Bellevue is also home to Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Convention Center and Bellevue’s City Hall. The future for downtown Bellevue is bright. The City’s plan is to make Downtown more viable, livable, and memorable. The Grand Connection will create pedestrian connections between Meydenbauer Bay Park, Downtown Park, along the Pedestrian Corridor and across I-405 into Wilburton. The KidsQuest Museum is locating next to the Downtown Library. Downtown Park is completing the circle, adding Inspiration Playground and Meydenbauer Bay Park will provide public access to the waterfront on Lake Washington.

Eastgate & Factoria Population: 9,633

Percentage of City: 7 percent Under 18: 2,321 Housing Units: 4,003

The Eastgate and Factoria neighborhoods are located along the east-west spine of I-90 and its intersection with I-405, providing a mix of commercial office space and retail, multi-family apartments and established single family neighborhoods, including Bellevue’s most recently annexed neighborhood, Eastgate. Marketplace at Factoria provides an assortment of retail services, a movie theater, and a number of local restaurants for families to enjoy. The Eastgate Park and Ride provides commuters with easy access to both the Eastside and Seattle. The neighborhoods are rich with diversity and culture from all over the world and desired by young families and adults seeking to access Bellevue’s top rated schools. Neighborhood schools include Eastgate Elementary School, Puesta Del Sol Elementary School (offering Spanish immersion), Tyee Middle School and the award winning Newport High School. In addition, Bellevue College is located nearby, offering a range of opportunities for associate and bachelor degrees and continuing education. For recreational opportunities, the South Bellevue Community Center provides a climbing wall, basketball courts, a fitness center and an assortment of .camps and classes for children and adults. It also is the location of Bellevue’s Zip Line. Nearby, the Mountain to Sound Greenway provides bicyclists with a trail system connecting to Seattle and the Cascades.

Lake Hills

Population: 16,692 Percentage of City: 12 percent Under 18: 3,436 (20.6 percent of the area) Housing Units: 6,909

Originally developed in the late 1950s as a planned

community with the Lake Hills Shopping Center at its core, the area still retains much of its original single-family rambler charm. Lake Hills is Bellevue’s most populous residential neighborhood area, including a number of smaller neighborhoods and multi-family communities. Lake Hills has two local commercial shopping centers, both recently redeveloped, including Lake Hills Village and Kelsey Creek Center. It is also home to the growing campus of Bellevue College. The richness of the community lies in its extensive system of open space, trails and wetlands. The Lake Hills greenbelt is a wetland corridor which connects Phantom Lake on the south with Larson Lake and its surrounding blueberry fields on the north. It encompasses more than 172 acres of woods and wetlands, home to coyotes, muskrats and an array of songbirds. Robinswood Community Park is a community gathering space with its indoor tennis center, lighted athletic fields and offleash areas for dogs. The East Bellevue Community Council, an elected five-member body, has jurisdiction over land use decisions affecting a part of this neighborhood area.


Population: 9,667 Percentage of City: 7 percent under 18: 2,138 (22.1 percent of the area) Housing Units: 3,786

The Newport area includes four distinct communities all known for their strong sense of neighborhood identity; the Newport Hills/Lake Heights neighborhoods east of Interstate 405, Greenwich Crest uphill to the west of I-405, Lake Lanes nestled along Lake Washington and the Newport Shores district built around a series of man-made inlets. Newport Shores and Lake Lanes are



NEIGHBOR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 neighborhoods built with homes oriented toward the waterfront, boating and lake activities. The Lake Heights and Newport Hills neighborhoods are cohesive communities with strong neighborhood traditions and activities and loyalty to their local neighborhood shopping district. Greenwich Crest is a hidden gem of a neighborhood with some beautiful views. Once a secluded area of woods and wetlands, Newport provides a home or migratory corridor for an abundance of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, mountain beavers, raccoons, possums, squirrels, red-tail hawks and eagles. The 146-acre Coal Creek Natural Area provides a natural wilderness buffer for the residential community and a great walking trails to explore. The neighborhood area of

Newport is served by both the Bellevue School District and Renton School District.

Northeast Bellevue

Population: 11,024 Percentage of City: 8 percent Under 18: 2,349 (21.3 percent of the area) Housing Units: 4,127

Stretching from Lake Sammamish to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Northeast Bellevue is a tapestry of neighborhoods, parks and schools. Most of the neighborhoods in the western portion of Northeast Bellevue were built in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980’s, reflecting a woodsy character in subdivision names such as Sherwood Forest, Lakewood Park, Bretton Wood, Tam O’ Shanter and Ardmore. Northeast Bellevue is home to three elementary schools; Ardmore Elementary, Sherwood Forest Elementary and Bennett Elementary, as well as, Interlake

High School. 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, golf course and swim clubs. The northern, triangular portion of this neighborhood juts into Redmond. Many residents are employed by Microsoft and other high tech companies. The future of Northeast Bellevue will be served by easy access to the Redmond light-rail station at the Microsoft campus. It will also provide close proximity to the Overlake Village, a major new urban center on the Bellevue/Redmond border.

Northwest Bellevue

Population: 9,480 Percentage of City: 7 percent Under 18: 2,085 (22 percent of the area) Housing Units: 4,340

Northwest Bellevue includes some of the oldest neighborhoods in Bellevue, including Meydenbauer Bay, Vuecrest, Diamond S Ranch, Bellewood Farms, Apple Valley and Northtowne. Northwest Bellevue maintains a diversity of neighborhood charm, with distinct neighborhood communities, ranch estates, single-family ramblers, extensive remodels and larger newly-built residential homes. Located close to downtown, residents have easy access to the downtown amenities, as well as, freeway access to 520. With the development of Meydenbauer Bay Park, residents will enjoy waterfront activities SEE NEIGHBOR, 21

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20 and beach access to Lake Washington. Hidden Valley Park provides athletic fields, as well as, activities with Bellevue’s Boys and Girls Club. Residents all across Bellevue enjoy Bellevue’s Farmer’s Market, located at Bellevue First Presbyterian Church from May through November, and the programs offered at The Northwest Arts Center. A number of students within Northwest Bellevue attend elementary and middle schools with the Bellevue School District within the city limits of Clyde Hill and Medina. High school students attend Bellevue High.


Population: 8,311 Percentage of City: 6 percent Under 18: 2,089 (25.1 percent of the area)

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 is home to one of Bellevue’s most cohesive neighborhood associations. Somerset has many neighborhoods, including Somerset, Forest Hill, Eaglesmere, Westwood Highlands, Forest Park, Forest Park Meadow, Forest Glen and

the Woods. Due to its proximity to Interstate 90 and Interstate 405, Somerset provides quick and easy access to employment, entertainment, shopping and recreation. Somerset also benefits from a network of trails and close proximity to the Coal Creek Natural Area and Cougar Mountain trail system. Somerset is home to the premier Somerset Elementary School, with students also enrolling at Tyee Middle School and Newport High School.

West Bellevue

Population: 8,382 Percentage of City: 6 percent Under 18: 1,790 (21.4 percent of the area) Housing Units: 3,948

Located south of Downtown Bellevue, west of I-405 and north or I-90, West Bellevue is home to some of Bellevue’s most established and historic neighborhoods. With

borders on Lake Washington and the Mercer Slough, the neighborhoods are nestled in the wooded beauty of Bellevue’s natural environment. Neighborhoods of Enatai, Bellecrest, Surrey Downs, Killarney Circle and Meydenbauer Point, all provide strong neighborhood associations that work to build community and preserve their distinct neighborhood character. Residents and visitors alike can relax and enjoy the waterfront at Chism Beach, Chesterfield Beach and Enatai Beach, as well as Sweylocken boat launch, providing a place for kayaking and canoeing. The historic Winter’s House provides a glimpse into Bellevue’s past, as well as, trails for bird watching through the Mercer Slough. The future of West Bellevue will be served by the South Bellevue


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West Lake Sammamish

Population: 6,252 Percentage of City: 5 percent Under 18: 1,308 (20.9 percent of the area) Housing Units: 2,397

West Lake Sammamish is oriented toward the waterfront of Lake Sammamish and Phantom Lake. Including the neighborhoods of Spiritridge, Phantom Lake, 41.5, Sammamish Heights, Rosemont Beach, Lake Manor and West Lake Sammamish, residents enjoy a variety of shoreline activities, scenic water and mountain views, bike and walking trails, and the beauty of the trails within Weowna Park. Home to one of the oldest independent

grocery store, the Little Store, retains much of the small town neighborhood charm of West Lake Sammamish.


Population: 3,790 Percentage of City: 3 percent Under 18: 713 (18.8 percent of the area) Housing Units: 1,914

Platted in 1904 as the company town for the HewittLea Logging Company, Bellevue’s historic Wilburton neighborhood is an enclave of single-family and multifamily housing known for its rich history and its parks and wooded areas. Wilburton is ideally situated surrounded by major parks, including the widely acclaimed Bellevue Botanical Garden and the 160acre Kelsey Creek Park, as well as its close proximity to downtown Bellevue. Wilburton provides a strong community and place to call home for those who desire

to be near the heart of Bellevue, but still prefer the quiet of a residential neighborhood. The Wilburton neighborhood area is the best of Bellevue’s past and its future. With the historic Wilburton Trestle on the south, it promises to be a key landmark for the future development of the north-south BNSF trail corridor. Wilburton’s business district on the west will provide the destination for the Grand Connection linking to the pedestrian corridor across I-405, through downtown to Meydenbauer Bay. The Wilburton light rail station on NE 8th will provide easy access across Bellevue and into Seattle.


Population: 5,115 Percentage of City: 4 percent Under 18: 1,058 (20.7 percent of the area) Housing Units: 2,237

The Woodridge neighborhood area is one of the most highly

desirable neighborhoods in Bellevue. 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, located across from the Woodridge Water Tower, which provides a visible landmark from downtown Bellevue. Both Woodridge and Norwood Village developed their own community swimming pools, which still attract families to the neighborhood. In the center of Woodridge is Norwood Village, a neighborhood built by World War II veterans in the late 1940s, which adds to the historical and architectural significance of the community. Local architects designed the Norwood housing to take advantage of outstanding views.

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