Location and Existing Conditions:
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 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
Existing recreation features include a small playground, open ball field, half basketball court, and open space. The park’s current condition provides limited recreational opportunities due to poor drainage and outdated or inadequate play equipment. Westside Park is immediately adjacent to the Bridle Crest Trail, which also includes a forested ravine and steep slopes.
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.
Master Plan Concepts
for Westside Park
Existing Conditions and Master Plan idea boards
for Westside Park
Proposed Park Elements:
- An expanded open lawn play space—Drainage will be improved to accommodate activity throughout the year. The play lawn is bordered by a paved loop path, making the entire site accessible year-round.
- A new, larger playground in a central location in the park
- Sports Courts—Pickle ball and basketball court (or multi-purpose court) are relocated with new, properly draining playing surfaces
- Picnic shelter, gathering terrace
- Loop paths—lined with native and edible plants
- Stream bridge
- Woodland trail—connecting with the West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE
The next step for Westside Park is to prepare a park design based on the proposed features described above. In the current six-year capital improvement program, there is some money set aside for a new playground, but not for the implementation of the master plan. A potential levy lid lift in 2015, could provide more funding to build out the master plan. It is possible that this project will need to be built in phases, so there will need to be some decision-making with the community about the highest priority features for construction.
, Project Manager