Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.
Bellevue will use this grant to purchase 17 acres known as the Wilburton property, which is the gateway to the Kelsey Creek/Richards Valley Open Space & Greenway System. The property is south of the Bellevue Botanical Garden, west of the Bellevue School District’s International School and adjacent to the Wilburton Hill neighborhood. The heavily wooded property will allow the city to preserve a large natural area and protect critical habitat for songbirds and other wildlife. The property also will create trail connections from the Wilburton neighborhood to the greenway system, and allow for expansion of the Bellevue Botanical Garden.