Bellevue Downtown Park receives state water quality improvement grant

Sen. Steve Litzow was pleased to announce today that the Washington State Department of Ecology will provide a $794,293 grant to improve water quality at Bellevue Downtown Park. The City of Bellevue, which receives the grant, will use the money to retrofit the park with water quality treatment and flow control for stormwater runoff.

“Bellevue Downtown Park is an incredible asset for our entire Eastside community,” said Litzow, who represents Bellevue in the Washington State Senate. “It’s encouraging to see the state continue investing in our local park while also recognizing the importance of maintaining high water quality in a way that protects people and the environment.”Sen. Steve Litzow at Inspiration Playground

The funding comes from the state’s Stormwater Financial Assistance Program, which the Legislature directed to fund stormwater facilities and activities that have been proven effective at reducing environmental degradation from stormwater impacts resulting from existing infrastructure and development.

Grants are currently available only municipal governments including cities, counties and towns.

Bellevue Downtown Park is made up of 20-acres in downtown Bellevue and includes a one-half mile promenade bordered by a double row of shade trees, and a stepped canal that brings one to a 240-foot wide waterfall and reflecting pond. Ten acres of lawn are central to activities and come with views of Bellevue’s skyline and Mount Rainier. The park also includes a play area and formal gardens and plays host to many community events.

In 2015, Litzow secured $1 million toward the Inspiration Playground at Bellevue Downtown Park in order to provide outdoor activities for children and parents with disabilities. The playground is a public-private partnership between the Bellevue Rotary and the City of Bellevue, to help create a place for children of all abilities to play and socialize.