Inspiration Playground

Come and play!  It's open!

Water spray features will normally be operational from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Labor Day.

Downtown Park's Inspiration Playground

Construction

Ohno Construction began construction on both the Complete the Circle and Inspiration Playground projects on July 11, 2016. The playground opened on June 28, 2017.

Project Description

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

Playground Details

The expanded playground includes new interactive features that engage the senses, create inclusiveness and accommodate children of all abilities and their caregivers. The new playground's design works 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
  • Grand Opening - June 28, 2017

Additional Information

The Bellevue Rotary website offers more information, including how to contribute to the project.

Bellevue welcomes your input about this project at any time.

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Contact

Pam Fehrman Parks & Community Services

Telephone

425-452-4326

Email

pfehrman@bellevuewa.gov
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