Bellevue could be referred to as a city within a park due to its abundant green spaces and the availability of outdoor recreation for residents to enjoy. Bellevue is home to 100+ parks, including ball fields, beach parks, and forested areas with plenty of hiking trails, and manicured meadows where you can toss a Frisbee. Below is a sample of Bellevue’s parks:
Bellevue Botanical Garden 12001 Main Street – The Bellevue Botanical Garden is a fun place to visit year round. It contains cultivated gardens, natural wetlands and a woodland trail that are both beautiful and educational for visitors to view.
Bellevue Downtown Park 10201 NE 4th – 20-acres of beautiful green in the heart of downtown Bellevue is the delightful centerpiece of the Bellevue Parks System. The park includes a 1 1/2 mile promenade bordered shade trees and a stepped canal features a 240-foot wide waterfall cascading into a reflecting pond. Ten acres of lawn is perfect for picnicking, plus a play area and formal gardens offer enjoyment for all ages.
Chism Beach Park 1175 96th Ave SE – 18 acre park features swimming, with lifeguards on duty late June through Labor Day. The park includes two picnic sites suitable for larger group events, a dock, and picnic & play areas, restrooms and is handicapped accessible.
Chesterfield Beach Park 2501-100th Avenue SE – This park is perfect for fishing on the dock. It includes play and picnic areas, restrooms, and swimming, with lifeguards on duty late June through Labor Day.
Kelsey Creek Farm & Park 410 130th Place SE – This park offers hiking and jogging trails, picnic areas, a playground, open grassy areas, creeks, wetlands and forests.
Killarney Glen Park 1933 – 104th Ave SE – Surrounded by large trees, this park is truly a secluded haven in the shadows of downtown
Mercer Slough Nature Park and Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center 1625 118th Ave. SE – Visitors can a walk or kayak trip through the 320-acre Mercer Slough Nature Park to view local wildlife and go bird watching. The canal winding through this nature park offers views of great blue herons, bald eagles, jays, beavers, otters, wild iris, water lilies and blackberries. This amazing wetland area is located in the heart of urban Bellevue, and its companion Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center features a visitor center with activities and a tree house to view the area and downtown Bellevue’s skyline. Visitors of the Educational Center may enjoy nature walks, guided canoe tours and art in nature classes.
Meydenbauer Beach Park 419 98th Ave NE – This 3.44 acre park offers beach park offers swimming, a fishing dock, picnic areas, restrooms and is handicapped accessible.
Newcastle Beach Park 4400 Lake Washington Blvd SE – The biggest beach park in Bellevue’s park system. It features swimming, with lifeguards on duty late-June through Labor Day, a nature trail, 300-foot dock, children’s play area and picnic facilities with a BBQ.