Community centers, parks facilities to close temporarily; events suspended
To contain the spread of COVID-19, on March 16 Governor Jay Inslee banned gatherings of 50 people or more. At the same time, King County Executive Dow Constantine has banned gatherings of fewer than 50 people unless hygiene and social distancing criteria are met. More information
14516 SE 16th Street
Lake Hills Greenbelt Park - open daily from dawn to dusk.
Interested in the environment? Become a Bellevue Master Naturalist!
Kids can earn a Junior Ranger Badge!
Are you looking for a fun and engaging way to inspire your children to connect with nature? Stop by the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station, or Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center to pick up our Junior Ranger Booklet. There are more than 15 activities you and your child can do together to explore and learn about Bellevue's natural areas. Once you have completed the activities, return the booklet to any of the three locations and receive your very own Junior Ranger Badge.
Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station - open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday, Monday and all City-observed holidays.
The Lake Hills Greenbelt is a wetland corridor encompassing more than 150 acres of diverse wildlife habitat including forests, wetlands, streams and lakes. Amenities include trails, community gardens and pea patches, picnic areas, blueberry farms and seasonal produce stands. Park patrons can attend master gardener workshops at the Urban Demonstration Garden and enjoy nature walks with a park ranger out of the ranger station.
- January-April 2020 Natural Resource Program Guide
- Lake Hills Greenbelt Map
- Backyard Wildlife Habitat - inspiration for you and your backyard!
Bellevue offers garden plots for lease to the community at two locations: the Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station and Crossroads Park near the Par 3 Golf Course. Each plot measures approximately 400 square feet, and plots are available for lease to the community. For more information, please contact Laura Harper (425-452-7225 or email@example.com).
Community Farms & Gardens web page
Master Gardener Workshops
Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners manage the Urban Demonstration Garden, which includes ornamental theme beds and vegetable gardens. Master gardeners offer free consultation and weekly workshops at the Lake Hills Greenbelt Urban Demonstration Garden every Wednesday and Saturday. For more information on master gardener workshops and programs, please view the full schedule and contact list.
2020 Update - King County Master Gardener Clinics will not be in person this year. Instead, there will be live sessions available online on Wednesdays and Saturdays via Zoom, and questions can be sent directly to the Master Gardeners via a form at http://www.mgfkc.org/e-clinic.
Ranger Walks, Hikes and Programs
Tours of the Greenbelt - Join a Park Ranger a free guided tour of the Lake Hills Greenbelt. Visit restoration sites, tour a cedar forest and learn about local wildlife. These walks are free and meet at the Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station every Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. Walks are fun for the whole family, all ages are welcome and no registration is necessary.
Educational Programs - Join a Park Ranger for free educational programming, hikes and nature walks. Topics range from fungus to bees to watersheds to trees. Dates vary. Please call the Ranger Station for more information - 425-452-7225.
Visit one of Bellevue's farms to buy blueberries and other local produce:
Phantom Lake Non-Motorized Boat Launch
Please visit the Phantom Lake Kiosk for a boating permit. Permits are free, and up to 12 non-resident, non-motorized boats are allowed at a time. Permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are valid for three hours. Boating is allowed only during daylight hours. For more information, please call 425-452-7225.
Ranger Station: 15416 SE 16th Street, 425-452-7225
Community Gardens: 15500 SE 16th Street
Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm: 700 148th Avenue SE, 916-396-2166
Lake Hills Farm Fresh Produce Stand: 156th Avenue and SE 16th Street, 425-233-1198
Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm Sale Stand: CLOSED
Phantom Lake Non-Motorized Boat Launch: 2050 156th Avenue SE
Parking and Entry Points
Lake Hills Greenbelt Urban Demonstration and Community Gardens, Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm and Phantom Lake.
Dawn to dusk
Over three miles of trails, picnic areas, non-motorized water access, fishing, waterfront, community gardens and pea-patches, blueberry farms and seasonal/farm fresh produce stands. The Lake Hills Greenbelt is a wetland corridor encompassing over 150 acres of diverse wildlife habitat including forests, wetlands, streams and lakes. Walk or bike the 5-plus mile trail in the footsteps of Native Americans as you wander the Lake to Lake Trail bisecting the Park. Agricultural fields help preserve Bellevue's agricultural heritage and provide fresh seasonal produce. At the community gardens, you learn about various gardening techniques at Backyard Wildlife Habitat Gardens and Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardens. The ranger station provides park information for the Lake Hills Greenbelt Park and includes interpretive displays, information on park trails, programs, gardening, restrooms and meeting rooms.
Ranger Station/Community Gardens
From I-90, take 148th Avenue SE exit (Exit 11B) north to SE 16th Street. Turn right on SE 16th Street to the Community Farms parking lot before 156th Avenue intersection.
Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm
From I-90, take 148th Avenue SE exit (Exit 11B) north. Turn right into parking lot just past SE 8th Street.
From I-90, take 148th Avenue SE exit (Exit 11B) north. Turn right on SE 16th Street. Turn right on 156th Avenue SE. Turn left into Phantom Lake parking lot.
Inclement Weather Plan
Call 425-452-7225 before travelling to the Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station to ensure the facility is open.
In the event of inclement weather, the Parks & Community Services Department will make every effort to communicate the status of facilities and programs, special events and rentals. Administration will decide whether to cancel a program or close a facility based upon the safety of participants and employees and the ability to appropriately staff programs and facilities.
As a general rule, if the Bellevue School District is closed due to a weather event, Parks & Community Services Department classes and programs will be cancelled for the entire day. If the Bellevue School District is on a delayed schedule, call the facility for an updated status report. Select facilities may be open for drop-in activities at a modified level. If you are unable to reach the facility, call the Parks & Community Services Department's general information number at 425-452-6885. Inclement weather can affect park use and trail conditions. Please use caution when visiting park sites during poor weather, as trails and other park facilities may become wet and slippery. Park trails may be closed.