Inspiration Playground

Grand Opening - Join us! 

Come celebrate the Grand Opening of the Downtown Park:
Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m., with live music, activities, and food trucks throughout the afternoon.
Invitation Flyer

Construction

Inspiration Playground under constructionOhno Construction began construction on both the Complete the Circle and Inspiration Playground projects on July 11. Construction is anticipated to be complete in June 2017. During the construction period, the southern half of the Downtown Park will be closed to public access. However, the existing southeast parking lot will be accessible for use (at a decreased capacity) until the new 100th Avenue NE lot is finished. The parking lot along 100th Avenue NE will only be temporarily closed to public access. There will also be intermittent closures of the northern half of the Downtown Park as improvements to the lighting and promenade are performed.

Project Description

The city is working with the Bellevue Rotary Club to expand the playground in Bellevue Downtown Park to include an innovative play space where kids of all ages and abilities can play and explore at their own pace. Dedicated to fun, imagination and learning, it will be a universally-accessible play experience - a truly Inspiration(al) Playground.

Concept drawing of the Inspiration Playground

Background

The Bellevue Rotary Club approached the city, seeking a project to benefit the community and to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary. Inspiration Playground at Bellevue Downtown Park is that project. The Rotary Club of Bellevue is leading a community-wide fundraising campaign to secure the funding needed to build Inspiration Playground. Rotary has already raised $3.8 million of the $5.5 million goal to complete the project. Interested in helping? Visit the online donation page.

The existing playground, located in the southwest corner of the 22-acre park, is approximately 8,500 square feet (0.2 acre) in size, and includes an adjacent parking lot and restroom. Inspiration Playground will expand the existing play area to approximately 1.5 acres.
Click to see PDF of aerial photo.

Playground Details

The expanded playground will include new interactive features that engage the senses, create inclusiveness and accommodate children of all abilities and their caregivers. The new playground's design will work to:

  • Retain the popularity of the existing playground while expanding its footprint to encourage a broader and more inclusive ranges of users;
  • Provide activities that are fun and challenging, that support the physical, educational and social development of the individual, and that consider sight, sound, scent and touch; and
  • Respect the future plans for the Downtown Park through the use of existing site features and topography, consistent with the Council-adopted Downtown Park Master Plan.
  • PDF of Inspiration Playground Plan

Community Feedback and Events:

  • May 16, 2012 - Community and stakeholder outreach meeting
  • September 17, 2012 - City Council and Bellevue Rotary approved the partnership.
  • September 29, 2012 - A "Play for All Expo" was held in the Downtown Park to share the Inspiration Playground concept with the community, and to celebrate and learn about community support programs for people living with disabilities in fun and interactive ways.
  • February 13, 2013 - Community and stakeholder outreach meeting
  • May 11, 2013 - Play for All - Bellevue Rotary Foundation Dinner and Auction: Benefitting the Inspiration Playground and Bellevue Rotary Foundation.
  • February 12, 2014 - Community and Stakeholder Final Design Meeting
  • September 9, 2014 - Lunch in Downtown Park
  • March 26, 2015 - Downtown Park Projects Open House at City Hall

Additional Information

Interested in following the development of this project, attending future meetings or participating in events? Please sign up for the E-Alert at the top of this web page.

The Bellevue Rotary and the Inspiration Playground websites offer more information, including how to contribute to the project.

Bellevue welcomes your input about this project at any time.

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