Newport Hills Neighborhood Park Planning

The city is planning a new neighborhood park along Southeast 60th Street.  

Next Step - City Council Study Session, Dec 2
At the City Council's Study Session on Monday, Dec 2, staff will brief the Council on the community outreach, planning process, and request feedback on the Park Board's recommended plan.  Depending on the feedback received, staff hopes to proceed with design, engineering and permitting for the park.  The Study Session starts at 6 p.m. in the Council Conference Room (1E-113) at City Hall.   

Nov 6, 2019 - Parks & Community Services Board - Staff updated the Board on the neighborhood park planning process to-date and presented the preferred park plan.  After a thorough discussion, the Board unanimously recommended the preferred park plan to Council.  

Sept 24, 2019 - On Tuesday, Sept 24, the City hosted the third public meeting for the Newport Hills/Tyler park plan at the Newport Hills Swim & Tennis Club.  Approximately 60 people attended.  Staff reviewed a PowerPoint hand-out of various park elements that were raised by public feedback to date, which was distributed to attendees.  The three alternatives from the July meeting were reviewed, along with responses received from the community and Park Board, and the proposed preferred plan was discussed.  Attendees then separated into three stations to provide comments and ask questions about the preferred plan.  At the November Park Board meeting, the Board will review the preferred plan and consider recommending a preferred plan to the City Council.  The Council is tentatively scheduled to review the preferred plan on December 2. 

Sept 10, 2019 - The Parks & Community Services Board discussed the Newport Hills Neighborhood Park planning process and site alternatives at its meeting on Sept 10.  View the presentation.  

July 23, 2019 - The second Newport Hills Neighborhood Park planning meeting was held on July 23, 2019 at Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club.  Approximately 50 attended.  Staff shared the comments and suggestions they have received since the May 21, 2019 meeting in a PowerPoint presentation, which also included three alternative park designs.  The presentation was followed by a break-out session and discussions with staff at design stations to take comments on the alternatives.  

We will continue to solicit neighborhood feedback throughout the summer.  An online survey with a link from this web page is expected to be ready during the week of July 29. 

May 21, 2019 - At the May 21, 2019 Newport Hills Community Club meeting at the Newport Hills Community Church, the Parks Department initiated the planning process for the park. Approximately 75 attendees were present, including members of the City Council and Parks & Community Services Board. Staff shared an overview of the site, background information, the planning process, opportunities for feedback and the expected timeline for the design and construction of the park.

We welcome your comments, suggestions and questions! Please email them to Scott VanderHyden, Project Manager, at svanderhyden@bellevuewa.gov

Background
In 2010 the City of Bellevue acquired property on Southeast 60th Street for a new neighborhood park in the Newport Hills area.

Newport Hills - new neighborhood park property at 11560 SE 6

The site was purchased with funding from the 2008 voter-approved Parks and Natural Areas Levy.

In 2015 the City acquired a heavily-forested five-acre parcel (Patterson) adjacent to and north of the SE 60th Street property. In May 2019 the City acquired another forested 3.7-acre parcel (Brick), adjacent to and west of the Patterson acquisition. The total park site is approximately 13.7 acres.

The city and the Newport Hills Community Club worked together to develop a vision for the park, which was approved by the NHCC Board in 2015. Funding for park development was approved in the 2019-2021 budget cycle.

The Newport Hills Community Club continues to be involved in the neighborhood park planning.

Bellevue welcomes your input about this project at any time.

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