Published August 19 2021
The City of Bellevue closed the Newcastle Beach Park swimming area Thursday, Aug. 19, due to high bacteria levels in the water. Newcastle Beach Park is located at 4400 Lake Washington Blvd. SE.
The closure of the swimming area comes at the direction of Public Health – Seattle & King County. King County routinely tests water quality at freshwater swimming beaches throughout the area. The swimming area will be reopened when testing indicates that bacteria counts return to a low-risk level.
Although the beach is closed to swimming, the park is still open. Signs at the park alert visitors to the closure of the swimming area.
The Newcastle park's swimming area was closed due to high bacteria levels in July as well.
While the swimming area is also closed at Meydenbauer Bay Park, the swimming areas are still open at Bellevue’s other beach parks – Chism, Clyde and Enatai. Lifeguards are at those parks noon-7 p.m., seven days a week.