Lewis Creek Park
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Park and Visitor Center Amenities/Description: The Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center serve as community gathering places for environmental education and recreation. More than 80 percent of the 55-acre park is preserved in its natural condition. The park is situated at the headwaters of Lewis Creek and offers three diverse habitats to explore - wetland, grassland and forest - all accessible by boardwalks and soft-surface trails. In addition to the nearly three-mile trail system, the site includes a visitor center, separate play areas for younger and older children, basketball court, soccer/baseball fields that can be reserved for practices and games, and restrooms that are open from dawn until dusk, seven days per week.
The Lewis Creek Visitor Center is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays). The 2,500 square-foot, multipurpose interpretive center provides visitors with Bellevue Parks and regional system information, family programs and recreational opportunities. Stop in to check out a pair of binoculars or grab a book from the library and relax in the seating area.
Rentals: The Visitor Center is available for rentals during non-open hours. This facility is ideal for small social gatherings and business meetings. Tables and chairs are available for all rentals. Maximum capacity is 50 people. Visitor Center rental informationPrograms and events:
Park Rangers lead tours of the park and offer interpretive programs on a wide range of nature-related topics:
- Nature Photography Contest - June 13 to August 17. Have some great nature shots taken in Bellevue’s parks that you want to share with the community? Enter Lewis Creek Park’s Nature Photography Contest! The winner’s photographs will be displayed at Bellevue Parks’ environmental education centers. Entries can be submitted in person at the Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd SE, from Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or mailed to Lewis Creek Park Rangers, 16023 NE 8th Street, Bellevue WA 98008. The winner will be announced on August 31! Please see entry form for contest rules and regulations. Ages: All ages welcome. Cost: Free! Info: 425-452-4195.
- June 2014 Lewis Creek Park Programs
- May-August 2014 Program Flyer - programs and hikes for Lewis Creek Visitor Center, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center and Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station.
- Self-Guided Nature Walk - explore the park on your own.
- Lewis Creek also hosts interpretive programs put on by the Eastside Audubon Society, the Eastside Heritage Center and the Bellevue Stream Team.
- Group programs
Directions: From I-405 South, merge onto I-90 East via exit 11 toward Spokane. Take the Lakemont Boulevard Southeast exit (Exit 13), toward Southeast Newport Way. Turn right onto West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast/Lakemont Boulevard Southeast. Continue to follow Lakemont Boulevard. Park is on the left at 5808 Lakemont Blvd. SE.