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The 2008 Bellevue Parks & Natural Areas Levy includes $2.5 million to acquire, develop or enhance parks and open space in the Bridle Trails neighborhood. Based on community input, the city in January 2011 purchased a property at 2402 134th Ave. NE (referred to as the Northeast 24th Street site) for development as a park. A plan for the new park was developed in 2012, and is currently in the permit phase. Construction is expected to begin in 2014.
Working with the Bridle Trails Community Club (BTCC), the city solicited ideas for parks and open space from the Bridle Trails neighborhood. Neighborhood outreach included surveys, newsletters, neighborhood block and park parties, multiple BTCC and neighborhood meetings. The community provided more than 100 project location and program suggestions.
To inform park and natural project recommendations for the Bridle Trails neighborhood, evaluation of suggestions included: neighborhood input, project principles and criteria, project opportunity, feasibility and estimated costs. The BTCC Board ratified recommendations, and the neighborhood strongly supported them, 90 percent of those at a neighborhood meeting on Sept. 30, 2010, voting for them.
The BTCC recommended committing at least $2.5 million voter-approved Parks & Natural Areas Levy funds toward neighborhood park development and natural areas in the Bridle Trails neighborhood. The recommended projects were identified in the preferred order:
- Obtain an agreement with the state to develop, operate and maintain state-owned open space at 5220 132nd Ave. NE (Acheson property) as a neighborhood park.
- Develop a master plan, with the Bridle Trails neighborhood and owners of contiguous property, for a neighborhood park on the 132nd Avenue property.
- Develop the park on 132nd Avenue.
- Pursue acquisition of the property located at 2402 134th Ave. NE (Northeast 24th Street site) for the purposes of providing park and open space.
- Develop a master plan, with the Bridle Trails neighborhood and with owners of contiguous property, for a neighborhood park on the 24th Street property.
- Develop the 24th Street park.
Park Board and City Council Action
On Oct. 12, 2010 the Parks & Community Services Board endorsed and recommended to the City Council the neighborhood's recommendations for the levy-funded park projects in the Bridle Trails neighborhood.
The council approved Resolution No. 8161 on Nov. 22, 2010, authorizing the purchase of the property at 2402 134th Ave. NE (neighborhood recommendation project #2). On Jan. 31, 2011 the city purchased this property with parks levy funds.
City staff will implement the park projects as recommended by the neighborhood, to the extent practical. Staff will return to the council for further action on the individual projects, including review of the terms of a property agreement with the state, as well as any related park master planning efforts.
132nd Avenue site to remain open space
In 2010, the city began discussing with the state its intent to enter into a long-term agreement to develop and mantain the five-acre open space at 5220 132nd Ave. NE (Acheson property) as a park.
State Parks advised the city that, due to severe budget cuts, the development and management of the Acheson property must be linked to Bridle Trails State Park across the street. This concept was not compatible with the use of Park Levy funds, so the two parties agreed that the state would continue to maintain the Acheson property, as an open space and recreational asset to the community.
City staff will work with the community in 2013 to determine if there are other park opportunities in Bridle Trails to consider for levy projects.
Development of Northeast 24th Street park to proceed
Very positive responses were received regarding a preliminary park plan presented at the third community meeting on June 14, 2012. The plan was then refined with input from city departments. An updated plan, including parking options, was presented at the BTCC quarterly meeting on Sept. 20, 2012.
The project was presented to the Park Board for recommendation on Oct. 9, 2012. The Board unanimously endorsed the plan, including moving it forward to construction. At the Dec. 3, 2012 meeting, City Council was briefed on the project and approved moving forward with construction.
Community meeting presentations:
Next Steps for the 24th Street park:
- In accordance with the community's wishes and the Park Board's recommendation, City Council approved "Bridle Trails Corner Park" as the name for the new park.
- The project is currently in permit review, and we expect construction in 2014.
The Bridle Trails Community Club has additional information. If you would like a response to specific questions, contact Scott VanderHyden (contact information in the right column of this page).
Bellevue welcomes your input about this project at any time.