We see signs that some of the public’s concerns are being heard as noted by the below:
Length of Pier—The city has already decided to shorten the pier in keeping with our suggestions.
Floating Pier—We suggested that a floating pier may present maintenance and safety problems. The city may revisit this issue and consider a structural pier instead.
Day-lighting the Stream—The stream will only be day-lighted between Lake Washington Blvd and the lake. Year-round water flow will be examined, and if possible, increased through stream design to minimize accumulation of debris.
Parking—A total of 103 spaces will be provided or retained as part Phase 1: 28 retained in the ravine, 10 in the Lake Washington Blvd overlook, 60 in the newly- striped Marina, and 5 on a widened 99th Ave. between Lake Washington Blvd and the Marina.
Beach Location—At our suggestion, the city will examine the possibility of dangerous electrical discharge if the relocated beach is too close to boats moored in the Marina.
Concessions in the Park—A kayak and canoe rental concession is being contemplated, similar to the facility at Enatai Beach; no other concessions are in the current plan.
Hours of Operation—The Downtown Park is open until 11 pm, but in keeping with the residential area surrounding the Waterfront Park, we suggested an earlier closing at 10 or even 9 pm.
Lighting—Too much lighting in the park after closing may encourage unwanted use, but some lighting is required for security. The city will try to minimize “light pollution” for neighbors adjacent to and across from the park.
The MBNA’s purpose of Protecting the Future of the Bay aligns nicely with Bellevue’s goal of Preserving Neighborhood Character to maintain the quality and personality of a neighborhood, including its natural, physical, and historical features. Our continued goal is to find common ground and create a park that both residents and visitors will be able to enjoy for generations to come.