Lifeguards shifted to Chism and Clyde beach parks during closure
The City of Bellevue has closed the swimming areas at Newcastle Beach Park and Enatai Park due to high bacteria levels in the water. The parks remain open for picnicking and playground use.
Swimming is still open at Meydenbauer Bay Park and Chism and Clyde beach parks, with lifeguards now at all three. The lifeguards will be shifted from Chism and Clyde back to Newcastle and Enatai when those parks are reopened for swimming.
The REI boathouse at Enatai will be closed until the beach reopens. The public is encouraged to visit the boathouse at Meydenbauer Bay Park (425-902-9045 or REI.com/meydenbauer).
Signs at Newcastle and Enatai alert visitors to the closure of the swimming areas. When they are reopened, the warning signs will be removed.
The closure of the Newcastle and Enatai swimming areas comes at the direction of Public Health – Seattle & King County. Swimming in areas with high bacteria can cause health problems for some individuals. The swimming areas will be reopened when testing indicates that bacteria counts return to a low-risk level.
King County Water and Land Resources, in cooperation with local jurisdictions, routinely tests and monitors water quality at beaches on Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish to ensure that they are safe for swimmers.