It’s too bad the slogan “city by the bay” is synonymous with San Francisco, because it sure would be a great way to describe Bellevue once Meydenbauer Bay Park — a 7-acre, $19 million waterfront reprieve for swimmers, kayakers, and other outdoors enthusiasts — opens later this month.
The project has been in the works for decades, when the city of Bellevue approved the concept of a major waterfront park along Meydenbauer Bay in 1987 and, beginning in 1992, spent the next 15 years acquiring waterfront property, according to Bellevue spokesperson Christina Faine.
A master plan for the park was initiated in 2007 and adopted by Bellevue City Council three years later. Ground was broken on the first phase of Meydenbauer Bay Park in 2017.
During a grand opening celebration at 11 a.m. on Sat., March 16, visitors will be invited to meander along a 430-foot long curvilinear pier, survey the views from a terraced hillside, or let their youngsters burn off some energy at the children’s playground.
Come summer and warmer temperatures, visitors will surely want to wade into the bay to swim laps or launch canoes, kayaks, or paddle boards.
The site also includes a beach house, restrooms, and public art.
Meydenbauer Bay Park is located at 9899 Lake Washington Blvd NE, just a few blocks west of Bellevue Square, Old Bellevue, and Bellevue Downtown Park. More information is available online here.