Parks in Bellevue Washington

The City of Bellevue, Washington has almost 100 parks and recreational facilities.

Bellevue, with its fantastic placement near Seattle, Lake Washington and Puget Sound, is already the perfect place for a family or an outdoor aficionados to live. Add in the park system and the employment opportunities and Bellevue is ideal.

This is only a small sampling of the parks and recreational opportunities that the city has to offer.

Bellevue Blueberry Farms – Originally established in the 1940’s, the Mercer Slough and Larsen Lake Blueberry Farms are owned by the Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department. In season, from July to September, families can go to the park and pick and pick fresh blueberries. Other fresh produce is also available. This park area was set aside to celebrate and preserve Bellevue’s agricultural heritage.

Killarney Glen Park – Not only does this park have the coolest name of any park in the United States, but it is 10.32 acres of awesome recreation. There are 2 tennis courts, trails and play and picnic areas. There are restrooms and the park is handicapped accessible.

Lake Hills Greenbelt – The park is 150 acres of wildlife habitat that includes, wetlands, streams and lakes. There is forest and trails with community gardens and blueberry farms. There is another seasonal produce stand in this park as well. The parks department offers Master Gardener classes at Lake Hills as well.

Newcastle Beach Park – The largest beach park in Bellevue, Newcastle Beach has a 300-foot dock, a children’s play area and picnic facility. There are lifeguards on duty during the season. If you’re ready to get a tan in Washington’s summer, this is the place to go. This is the Redondo Beach of Bellevue.

Sunrise Neighborhood Park – This is one of a dozen or more parks that are scattered around the city in the neighborhoods, each designed to be a safe play area for children. Sunrise Park has a picnic area and trails. It is parks like this that make Bellevue a wonderful and vibrant place to live.

Coal Creek Natural Area – Coal Creek is more than simply a recreation area, it is actually a former coal plant. This is a nature preserve and an amazingly beautiful area set aside just for nature and you. Not only can you see the beauty of the second growth forest, but with a little looking around, you will see the fantastic natural preservation effects of the trees and natural spaces.

Silverleaf Park – Silverleaf Park is another tiny gem of a park in the middle of the city. There are picnic tables, a tennis court, trail and four unmarked spaces. It is small parks like this that make Bellevue on the best cities in America to live. Take a ride around the city and you will see where, over the years, forward thinking leaders have made sure that small places, like Silverleaf Park, would be available to make life wonderful.

When the lists of best cities in the country to live are made, the number of the parks and the amount of open space counts very high. And on those lists is, very often, Bellevue, Washington, because it has more open space than most cities its size.

When choosing a place to live, most people factor in things like real estate taxes, the price of the house and distance to work. Having great and plentiful open spaces to have fun, stay healthy and relax should be among the intangibles that you look at before you sign on the dotted line.

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