• Great Places Where You Want to Be

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    For many of us, Bellevue is home. For the rest of the region and the world, Bellevue is a destination. Learn, relax, shop, eat, cook, read, play or marvel at our natural environment. Whatever your mood, there is a place for you in Bellevue. Great Places Performance

    From the sparkling waters of Meydenbauer Bay Park, we can walk or bike east along the Grand Connection through downtown, east to Wilburton for business and entertainment, or continue to the Eastrail. Throughout the journey, nature, culture, street entertainment, an international fusion of food and people from all over the world can be enjoyed by all.

    Bellevue celebrates and honors an abundant arts scene. Artists, creative workers and artisan groups are supported through a multitude of private philanthropy and arts funds, as well as direct investments by the city. Our residents have access to excellent and varied performance, visual and literary arts in multiple venues within our city. 

    Cultural opportunities connect and attract many. Through art, history, food, celebrations, community gatherings and nightlife, culture is shared, appreciated and enjoyed. There are opportunities and spaces for residents to gather, engage and learn about the many cultures that call Bellevue home. 

    The past is honored. Residents work together, share our stories and experience a sense of place through an understanding of our experiences.

    Our community buildings and centers, libraries, City Hall and museums provide places where neighbors gather, connect with each other and support our civic and business institutions.

    From the constant beat of an urban center, we can quickly escape into nature in our parks, streams, trails and lakes. We can kayak the Slough, hike the Lake-to-Lake Trail, bike the Mountains to Sound Greenway or have the opportunity to enjoy the latest thrill sport.

    Three-Year (2021-23) Priorities

    11. Continue to advance the Grand Connection as the city’s signature gathering place. Establish the preferred crossing of Interstate 405 and begin design discussions with WSDOT; build public support by completing city projects in the early implementation plan; educate key public and private funders on the unique opportunities available; and integrate the vision of the Grand Connection into the Wilburton plan.

    12. Work with the King County and Sound Transit to ensure that Eastrail from Renton to the Wilburton Trestle is completed; complete the section of the trail from Kirkland to the light rail maintenance facility east; complete the interim connection through the Spring District; and begin to establish community connection points to Eastrail.