Community meeting

A community meeting will be held to update the Bellevue Airfield Park Master Plan

A community meeting will be held to update the Bellevue Airfield Park Master Plan

The community meeting will be held via Zoom on July 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Although the Bellevue Airfield Park Master Plan was originally adopted in 2012, City of Bellevue staff are undertaking a new master plan update due to the possibility of locating a new aquatic center on the site. .

SPLASHForward, a non-profit organization that works to make water activities accessible, will be involved throughout the city’s community input process, with the first meeting which will take place on Zoom on July 26 at 6:30 p.m. The organization will also raise awareness and encourage conversations around the benefits of a new aquatic center for the community, as well as scenarios for use at Bellevue Airfield Park , said SPLASHForward co-founder and president, Susan Pappalardo.

The master plan update will provide an opportunity to address the growing aquatic needs of the Town of Bellevue. The Bellevue Aquatic Center, which acts as the city’s only public aquatic facility, was built in 1970 and has served Bellevue residents for over 50 years.

According to the City of Bellevue, the Bellevue Aquatic Center is nearing the end of its life, and its age, capacity and inability to provide the full range of aquatic programs make it inadequate to meet current and future demands for facilities. swimming at Bellevue.

Bellevue Airfield Park is currently the only undeveloped site owned by the city and large enough to accommodate the recommended aquatic facilities concept plan of 10-11 acres. Currently, Bellevue Airfield Park is comprised of three parcels totaling 27.5 acres.

Additional elements that make Bellevue Airfield Park a recommended aquatic facility site include easy accessibility from I-90; complementary outdoor recreation and development of open spaces; size of site that could accommodate a park and aquatic center; and previous community input – from 2008 to 2012 – which identified the preference for an aquatic facility at this site.

The master plan update process will include community outreach to inform development, a master plan recommendation from the Board of Parks and Community Services, and a review of the state’s Environmental Protection Act. (SEPA).

The master plan update effort will be led by Parks and Community Services staff, with assistance from an architectural and engineering team led by Walker | Macy. The updated Bellevue Airfield Park Master Plan is expected to be completed by fall 2023.

The city invites residents of Bellevue to participate in the community engagement process.