With heavy use and crowding in parks, the city has closed playgrounds, sports courts, ballfields and picnic shelters until further notice. This follows social distancing recommendations from Public Health — Seattle & King County. The closure includes basketball courts, ballfields, picnic shelters and other active recreation areas where people may be in close contact.
Parks, trails and beaches remain open for walking and activities that do not require close proximity and allow for the recommended social distancing that allows six feet between people.
10201 NE 4th St
Bellevue Downtown Park is a 21-acre oasis of green in the heart of Bellevue. A one-half mile promenade, bordered by a double row of shade trees, and a stepped canal, brings one to the 240-foot wide waterfall that cascades into a reflecting pond. A ten-acre lawn area invites one to pause for a picnic with Bellevue’s skyline and Mount Rainier in the background. The park’s delightful play area and formal gardens add to family enjoyment and serve as a backdrop for community events.
The playground is open year-round, and typically sprays water from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. The playground provides for year-round enjoyment with or without spraying water.
Many thanks to Bellevue Rotary Club for helping to expand the original playground in the Downtown Park to include an innovative play space where kids of all ages and abilities can play and explore at their own pace. Dedicated to fun, imagination and learning, it is a universally-accessible play experience - a truly Inspiration(al) Playground. The new playground offers interactive features that engage the senses, create inclusiveness and accommodate children of all abilities and their caregivers.
Volunteer to be an Inspiration Playground Ambassador!
If you would like to support Bellevue Rotary Club's Inspiration Playground fundraising efforts, please visit http://www.inspirationplayground.org/
There are two parking lots for the Downtown Park. Both are within close proximity to the Inspiration Playground:
- The main lot is on 100th Avenue NE, and the entry is close to the mid-block of 100th between NE 4th Street and NE 1st Street.
- The secondary lot is on NE 1st Street close to the intersection of NE 1st and 100th Avenue NE. This lot is immediately adjacent to the playground.
Bellevue Downtown Park is open from half an hour before sunrise to 11 p.m., according to Bellevue City Code.
Did you know that Downtown Park has over 120 benches, many of which have been donated through the Donation Bench Program? At this time we are no longer accepting applications for benches in the Downtown Park. However, if you would like more information about the Donation Bench Program throughout Bellevue's park system, please contact Sheryl Humphrey at 425-452-4433 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Playground (5-12 yr.)
- Tot Lot (2-5 yr.)
- Picnic Tables
- Formal Garden
- Public Art
- Water Feature
- Public Wi-Fi