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
5808 Lakemont Boulevard SE
Lewis Creek Park - open daily from dawn to dusk.
Lewis Creek Visitor Center - open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Monday, Tuesday, and all City-observed holidays.
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Park and Visitor Center Amenities/Description
The Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center serve as community gathering places for environmental education and recreation. More than 80 percent of the 55-acre park is preserved in its natural condition.
The park is situated at the headwaters of Lewis Creek and offers three diverse habitats to explore - wetland, grassland and forest - all accessible by boardwalks and soft-surface trails.Our easily-accessible headwater wetland provides considerable benefits to the community by cooling the waters of Lewis Creek, providing filtration of pollutants, slowing run-off to reduce downstream erosion, and providing valuable wildlife habitat. In addition to the nearly three-mile trail system, the site includes a visitor center, separate play areas for younger and older children, basketball court, soccer/baseball fields that can be reserved for practices and games, and restrooms that are open from dawn until dusk, seven days per week.
The Lewis Creek Visitor Center
The 2,500 square-foot, multipurpose interpretive center provides visitors with Bellevue Parks and regional system information, family programs and recreational opportunities. Stop in to check out a pair of binoculars or grab a book from the library and relax in the seating area.
The Visitor Center is available for rentals during non-open hours. This facility is ideal for small social gatherings and business meetings. Tables and chairs are available for all rentals. Maximum capacity is 50 people. Visitor Center rental information
Programs and events:
Park Rangers lead tours of the park and offer interpretive programs on a wide range of nature-related topics:
January-April 2020 Natural Resource Program Guide - programs and hikes for Lewis Creek Visitor Center, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center and Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station.
Lewis Creek Park Scavenger Hunt - explore the park with your family!
Lewis Creek also hosts interpretive programs put on by the Eastside Audubon Society, the Eastside Heritage Center and the Bellevue Stream Team.
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.
From I-405 South, merge onto I-90 East via exit 11 toward Spokane. Take the Lakemont Boulevard Southeast exit (Exit 13), toward Southeast Newport Way. Turn right onto West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast/Lakemont Boulevard Southeast. Continue to follow Lakemont Boulevard. Park is on the left at 5808 Lakemont Blvd. SE.
Inclement Weather Plan
Call 425-452-4195 before travelling to Lewis Creek Visitor Center 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.