The City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club will celebrate the beginning of construction of a new water spray playground at Crossroads Community Park at 3:30 p.m., Friday.
Contractors began work last week on the approximately 25,000-square-foot play area, which will feature a variety of theme landscapes and play features such as spitting frogs and squirting clams. Crossroads Community Park is located at 999 164th Ave. N.E.
The Crossroads Park Water Play Area, expected to open in spring 2008, is designed to provide fun and recreation for all ages and physical abilities, while engaging children and their caregivers in interactive and accessible water play.
While many of the features, from the Loch Ness Monster to orcas, will spray or squirt water, only the "Floating Granite World" is expected to spout water year-round. The playful theme elements will offer play and climbing opportunities in all seasons.
To be located next to a traditional playground already at the park, the new playground is designed to have no standing water. The water will be potable and, in keeping with Bellevue's environmental stewardship efforts, will be naturally drained from the site and recycled to supplement irrigation at the park.
The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club is leading the fundraising effort for this project. The organization has raised approximately $250,00 in cash contributions from local businesses and individuals, and supported the city's applications for more than $600,000 in federal, county and state grants for the project.
The Crossroads area is one of the most densely populated, and ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods in Bellevue. The diverse play features of the playground, which include Asian rain drums, are consistent with the international approach promoted in the Crossroads Park master plan. It is hoped that the playground will bring together people of all ages, abilities and cultures.
In addition to the Rotary Club, major private contributors include: Sterling SRO, the Jordan Fund, Terranomics Metrovation, Davis Wright Tremaine, Howard Johnson, Colin Radford and Jim Owens. In addition to Bellevue, government supporters include: the Washington Recreation Conservation Office, the state, King County Parks and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club continues fundraising, aiming to help secure the last $150,000 needed to build family picnic shelters.
Interested donors should e-mail Norm Johnson or call him at 206-979-9400. For more information about the Water Spray Playground project, e-mail Pam Fehrman, Bellevue Parks & Community Services Project Manager, or call her at 425-452-4326.
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