Thank you for your help towards planning a new 13.7-acre park in Newport Hills!
The new park in Newport Hills continues in the construction design, engineering and permitting phase of development. We expect to begin construction in the summer of 2021.
We are also working towards finalizing a name for the new park. Please share your top new park name preferences through this short survey. Please complete the survey by Oct 19.
- The park names listed on the survey include names provided by the community over the last several years and comply with the Park Naming Policy.
- The survey is open to everyone; all responses are welcome. The name will not be selected based on popular choice. However, both the Parks & Community Services Board and City Council would appreciate including the community's preferences in their deliberations.
- We expect to share our preferences with the Parks & Community Services Board at a meeting this fall or winter and then with the City Council in early 2021. The City Council will designate the name of the park.
Dec 2, 2019 - City Council Study Session
At the City Council's Study Session on Monday, Dec 2, staff briefed the Council on the community outreach and planning process, and requested feedback on the Park Board's recommended plan. Based on Council's comments and concurrence with the Park Board recommendation, staff will now proceed with construction design, engineering and permitting for the park with a goal to begin construction later in 2020.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
- May 21 presentation
- "Vision Plan" for the park that the City and the Newport Hills COmmunity Club had previously developed and which was approved by the NHCC Board in 2015.
Jan 1, 2019 - Funding for park planning and development was approved in the 2019-2021 budget cycle.
Park Property Acquisition
In 2010 the City of Bellevue acquired property on Southeast 60th Street for a new neighborhood park in the Newport Hills area.
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 adjacent to and north of the SE 60th Street property. In May 2019 the City acquired another forested 3.7-acre parcel, adjacent to and west of the Patterson acquisition. The total park site is approximately 13.7 acres.
Bellevue welcomes your input about this project at any time.