These three projects were voted in by residents in the Northeast Bellevue neighborhood area in 2017:
164th Ave NE Landscaping Project
Residents in the Northeast Bellevue neighborhood chose this project as part of the Neighborhood Enhancement Program in 2017.
This project will improve the appearance of the eastern side of 164th Avenue NE, between NE 8th Street and Northup Way, to support a more pleasant pedestrian experience. This project will provide landscaping in the existing grass ditch, between the street and the pathway, as well as the grassy strip between the pathway and the fence line. Project details:
- Project length is 0.45 mile in length
- Conversion of areas behind sidewalk into landscaped beds
- Conversion of grass-lined ditch into landscaped Bioretention swales. Bioretention swales are vegetated depressions with sloped sides. They are designed here to assist in collection, treatment and infiltration of stormwater runoff from 164th NE, during large storms.
- Install plants and trees where feasible, using a combination of Native and Ornamental trees, grasses and shrubs
Anticipated project completion November 2023
Funding provided for this project from the Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP-2), Urban Boulevards (CD-22), Neighborhood Partnerships (NIS-2) and Department of Ecology grant. Approximately $785,000
Project Manager: Laura McKee: Lmckee@bellevuewa.gov; 425-452-4108
Ardmore Playground Improvement
This project included fencing and playground equipment modifications. The existing post and rail fencing around the playground was replaced with new black vinyl chain link fencing. The open entry to the play area was moved from the north side to the east side or west side of the playground. In addition, a new playground sandbox with "digger" equipment was installed within the existing footprint of the playground area. The existing bouncers were replaced with a teeter totter. The clubhouse was replaced with a new rotating climber. These improvements were added to the scope of a planned project to replace the playground equipment. Project Completed: Summer 2019.
Ardmore Park Trail
This project provided for a four-foot-wide, multi-use trail through Ardmore Park. The project included two wayfinding trail bollards and a 40-foot-long pedestrian bridge over the stream. The trail begins at the northeast corner of Ardmore Park, north of NE 26th Court and travels southwest until intersecting with the existing trail. This project brought an existing social trail into compliance with the City of Bellevue trail standards, as well as incorporated reforestation and habitat enhancement opportunities for community volunteer participation. Project Manager: Chris Vandall. Project Completed: Fall 2019.
Please contact project managers with any questions regarding specific projects or feel free to contact NEP Coordinator, Theresa Cuthill at email@example.com or 425-452-4186.
The NEP program is a commitment from Bellevue’s City Council to provide residents with the opportunity to enhance their individual neighborhood areas through city-funded, small capital improvement projects. In 2015, the council approved $5 million for the program over a seven-year period to serve two NEP programs a year. The program rotates each year with two neighborhood areas receiving funds. The budget is distributed among each of the NEP neighborhood areas, according to the number of households in each area.