Hiking trails, a large open area, improved athletic fields and picnic facilities would all become part of a new park in the Surrey Downs area under a proposed master plan unveiled before City Council members on Monday.
After extensive input from the community, the proposed plan was recommended for approval by the Parks and Community Services Board. The council is expected to approve the plan in July following an environmental review.
The city has long envisioned a first-class park in Surrey Downs on 112th Avenue Southeast, near Southeast Sixth Street. The city has operated a small park on the site since 1986 when an elementary school there was closed, and in 2005 acquired the entire 11.46-acre parcel from the county. The county still operates a district court and offices on the site under a lease with the city.
The proposed master plan separates the property into two areas – the largest portion for general park amenities and a smaller site along 112th where a community center or some other structure could be built in future years. A separate plan will be developed with community input once the general park master plan is approved.
Funding to begin work on the general park has been preliminarily endorsed by council members as part of a new parks funding measure the council is considering putting on the ballot this fall.
The measure is designed to replace parks bonds that will expire this year, and provide additional investments citywide in Bellevue’s nationally acclaimed park system. The council is expected to decide by summer whether to put a measure on the ballot.