Wilburton Property Acquistion

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Bellevue City of Category: Local Parks WWRP Grant: $500,000.00 Applicant Match: $3,500,000.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 48 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 2-Jun

Location Details

From I-405, take the NE 8th Street exit going east. Turn right onto 124th Avenue NE. Follow 124th south, then turn west along Main Street. Turn left (south) on 119th Ave SE and proceed to SE 5th Street. Turns left (east), and proceed as the road turns into a gravel drive. This drive will wind around the house parcel (500 118th Ave SE).

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.