Meydenbauer Bay Waterfront Acquisition 04

Category Overview

Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.

Project Highlights

The scope of this project acquired the two remaining privately-owned waterfront parcels between Meydenbauer Beach Park and the City-owned marina. Bellevue is bounded on the west by Lake Washington and on the east by Lake Sammamish. However, because of urban development, topography and the almost continuous private ownership of the shoreline, the public has limited visual and physical access to these lakes. Of the fourteen miles of shoreline along the two lakes, less than twelve percent is in public ownership. Bellevue has made a substantial commitment over the past decade to increase its public presence along the waterfront, especially on Lake Washington. Several parcels have been acquired between Meydenbauer Beach Park and the marina. This linear connection is now complete with the purchase of the waterfront parcels that are the subject of this grant proposal. Acquisition of these two parcels (our Project Site) added .5 acres and 146 linear feet of waterfront to the City’s holdings and substantially completes the Lake Washington acquisition plan envisioned in the mid-1970’s and implemented beginning in 1993. These two properties are critical to the City’s long-range vision for this area – a waterfront park that extends from Meydenbauer Beach Park to the marina, and a connection from that park to downtown Bellevue’s commercial and residential areas and the Downtown Park. Acquisition of these parcels furthers the vision to provide a regionally significant waterfront destination.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Bellevue City of Category: Water Access WWRP Grant: $790,853.93 Applicant Match: $4,291,754.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 48 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 04-1353

Location Details

The project site is on the east side of Lake Washington in Bellevue at Meydenbauer Bay. The specific addresses are 9821 and 9817 Lake Washington Boulevard NE. From I-405 in Bellevue take the NE 8th St westbound exit. Proceed west through downtown to 100th Ave. NE. Turn left and proceed south to Lake Washington Blvd. Turn right. Proceed approximately two blocks to the driveway at 9821 Lake Washington Blvd and turn left. The project site is comprised of the two waterfront parcels at the end of the driveway. Note: Due to space constraints and privacy issues with a driveway that is shared by four homes, we will arrange to meet IAC staff at Meydenbauer Beach Park and walk to the project site from there.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.