Meydenbauer Bay Park Plan
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Council adopts Meydenbauer Bay Park and Land Use Plan
On December 13, 2010 the Bellevue City Council unanimously and enthusiastically approved Resolution No. 8182, adopting the Meydenbauer Bay Park and Land Use Plan as recommended by the Steering Committee and Park Board, and incorporating Implementation Principles. For decades, the city has envisioned a new park at Meydenbauer Bay and reconnecting the Downtown to the waterfront. Planning of the park began in earnest in early 2007. Adoption of the Master Plan brings that vision one significant step closer to reality. Adopted Master Plan
What does the Plan do?
The Master Plan provides a memorable shoreline experience, improves pedestrian access to the water, reflects positive environmental stewardship, and helps increase awareness and understanding about the area's rich boating and whaling history while also providing multiple opportunities to gather, play and recreate. It includes such features as:
- Multiple and varied views to and from the water
- Pedestrian promenade and pier
- New activity building
- Renovation of the historic Whaling Building
- Beach and shoreline restoration
- Stream daylighting
- Playground and picnic areas
- Multiple opportunities for access to and enjoyment of the water
- Improvements to street frontage to strengthen connections to the lake
- Connections to neighboring parks
What happens next?
The Plan is important because it represents the City's official position on the future design and development of the park. It will guide Council, staff and City boards and commissions in developing future policy, regulations and Capital Investment Plan proposals to implement the Plan. Land use updates will be developed in 2011 supporting the foundation for future development phases.
No funding has been identified to begin detailed park design or park construction, and it is expected to be several years before any development takes place. The Plan assumes that future park development will occur in multiple phases over many years, as is typical of several large-scale projects, such as Downtown Park and Crossroads Community Park.