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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 20, 2009

"Little Lake to Lake" walk on Wednesday

Phantom Lake in the foreground, Larsen Lake in the distance. Photo by David Johanson Vasquez/Big PictureThe sun came out this year and more than 300 volunteers planted more than 4,000 trees in Bellevue's Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration Saturday. The events celebrating nature aren't over here, with a "Little Lake to Lake Walk" between Larsen and Phantom lakes set for Wednesday -- Earth Day itself.

The family-friendly, five-kilometer walk, 2 to 7 p.m., along the Lake Hills Greenbelt Trail, will wind through a rich variety of natural, historical and agricultural areas, including the King County Master Gardens and Larsen Lake Pioneer Cabin.

Offered in a partnership with the American Volkssport Association, Wednesday's walk is the first of a series of four walks in Bellevue throughout the year, highlighting the best of the city's art, parks, natural and historic sites. 

The Little Lake to Lake Walk will feature earth education stations along the way to promote greater awareness and stewardship of the earth.

The walk takes approximately two hours to complete and is wheelchair- and stroller-friendly. Participants can register between 2 and 5 p.m., the day of the event at the start location, the Lake Hills Greenbelt Community Gardens at 156th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 16th Street.

Park Walk Series
In addition to the Little Lake to Lake Walk, there will be three other walks, one each in May, September and October.

Walkers can track their progress in "walking passports" available at the start of each walk. If participants complete all four walks and submit a completed passport, they will be eligible to enter to win a prize. 

Bellevue Downtown Art & Park 10K Walk, Connecting People, Parks and Art
Saturday, May 30, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Registration: 8 a.m. to noon)
Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th St.
Walk on neighborhood and city sidewalks, parks and pedestrian ways to view more than 20 pieces of public art. Enjoy a diverse array of media, style and cultural expression in the heart of downtown Bellevue.

Lake-to-Lake Greenway Trail 15K Walk, Connecting People, Parks and Nature
Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Registration: 8 to 10 a.m.)
Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm, 2380 Bellevue Way
Enjoy the beauty of Bellevue's Parks and Open Space System along the Lake-to-Lake Trail.  From the farm, participants are shuttled to the start of the trail at Weowna Park. The shuttle runs approximately every half hour.

Lakemont Lewis Creek 5K Walk
Sunday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Registration: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Lewis Creek Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd.
Hike nature trails through pristine natural settings and enjoy the colors of fall.

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Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Debbie Pettersson
Phone: 425-452-7106
E-mail: dpetterson@bellevuewa.gov

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