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:
City-owned parks and open space comprise a total of 38 acres. In addition to the city-owned parks, the community is fortunate to have more than 500 additional acres of parks, open space, and recreational facilities available in public ownership by King County, Riverview School District, and the State of Washington.
Marina Park, located at 25 Lakeshore Plaza, Marina Park is open year round. Its downtown Kirkland locale, close to restaurants and shops, make it a popular destination. The park features a sandy beach, lawn and picnic tables and memorial benches, restrooms, outdoor sculptures (Puddle jumpers, the Home Coming, Bicentennial Fountain), and stunning Lake Washington and Seattle views. Its open-air pavilion is center stage for summer concerts and special events like the city’s Independence Day Celebration and Kirkland Uncorked, Summer Concert Series and Summerfest. The Marina Park dock has moorage with 60+ slips, a tour dock and boat-launch.
Situated at the point on the south end of Evergreen Point Road, the park is the historic site of the former ferry terminal that connected Medina with Seattle. The park is a favorite destination as it offers a protected bulkhead for swimming and provides extraordinary views of Seattle, Mercer Island and Mt. Rainer. The site also contains a public pier, benches and picnic facilities for year round use. Reminiscent of a simpler day, the park remains a summer haven for children from the first hot day of Spring until after school begins in the Fall. Under the supervision of lifeguards, older children are able to swim out to a diving platform while younger ones wade at the water’s edge under the watchful eyes of their mother’s who can set up picnics nearby.
The sylvan nature of Mercer Island is beautifully demonstrated within the well-maintained park and trail system on the island. Hike, bike, walk, play, watch nature, swim, participate in organized sports – residents may enjoy all of these outdoor activities. On the north end, the 20 acre Park on the Lid offers families countless hours of playtime with its children’s play area, sports fields and basketball courts. Three of the larger city parks– Luther Burbank Park, Clarke Beach and Groveland Beach Park– have beaches. Luther Burbank itself contains 4,000 feet of shoreline, a boat dock and fishing pier, three miles of maintained trails, a children’s play area, tennis courts, and the city’s only off-leash dog park. The south end Pioneer Park contains 113 wooded acres, and its Southeast Quadrant is specifically set up for horseback riding.
Marymoor Regional Park is one of the most fantastic venues in the Seattle-Eastside area. With 640 acres of play space, it’s no wonder 3+ million people visit the park every year. Marymoor features play fields, mainly soccer fields, ball fields, and lighted tennis courts. A 35-foot, free-standing climbing structure, radio-controlled airplane field, Velodrome and dog off-leash area add to its active atmosphere. Hikers can park at Marymoor and then connect to several trails which lead to the Sammamish River Trail and the Bridle Crest Trail. Marymoor Park is also a popular 5,000-person concert venue which hosts an annual summer concert series.
Visit the beautiful parks in the City of Renton – walk along the Cedar River Trail, or enjoy natural areas such as the Black River Riparian Forest. You will be amazed at the natural beauty near your own backyard!
Lake Sammamish State Park is a 512-acre day-use park with 6,858-feet of waterfront on Lake Sammamish. The park provides deciduous forest and wetland vegetation for the enjoyment of visitors. A salmon-bearing creek and a great-blue-heron rookery are additional features.
The Sammamish River Trail runs 10.9 miles along the Sammamish River from Bothell to Marymoor Park in Redmond as part of the “Locks to Lakes Corridor.” The SRT is paved its entire length and is one of King County’s most popular regional trails. The trail offers extraordinary views of the river, the broad Sammamish River Valley, Cascade foothills and Mt. Rainier. Bicyclists, joggers, skaters, walkers, and others enjoy the trail as a regional recreation resource.