Westside Park is now open! A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on November 18, 2021.
For more information contact Jeff Aken, Senior Park Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-556-2328
Westside Park is a 47 year-old neighborhood park in the Overlake Neighborhood. It is in the northeast, residential section of the neighborhood. The 6.4-acre park is accessible to pedestrians from three directions:
- 156th Avenue NE
- NE 59th Way, and
- West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE—through the Bridle Crest Trail
History and Planning:
The park was acquired by the City in 1968, and developed in the 1970s. A master planning process was undertaken in 2009 to update the park, and included extensive input from residents in the neighborhood. The master plan included the adjacent Bridle Crest Trail, as the two park properties are so closely related.
The park is both a neighborhood destination for activities and an important connection in Redmond for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. The inspiration for the master plan for Westside Park came from the site itself and includes trails suitable for the three user groups. The rolling, forested site influenced the character of the features and activities, as suggested by the neighborhood.
- 1/4-mile ADA accessible trail loop that provides a variety of options for a longer or shorter route with quicker access to the woods, and equestrian access to the north.
- The active recreation zone was expanded for a multi-sport court that includes basketball, soccer, and a dedicated pickleball court, in addition to stationary fitness equipment.
- A large open lawn allows for flexible play, open sightlines, and informal pick-up sports with improved drainage that will allow for year-round play.
- Maximize proximity to the natural area and connecting to the active recreation zone, with playground space that features a host of accessible nature play elements that allow for fully compliant, safe spaces for children to play, and be the authors of their own self-directed adventures.
- This is the first zipline in our park system.
- A wooden picnic shelter, that provides year-round use and is sized to accommodate three picnic tables.
- Existing trees were protected, the natural area was expanded to include native and butterfly gardens that border walkways, and ornamental trees which were added across the site.