From biking to boating, skating to swimming, options for the actively inclined are scattered throughout the city. In addition to dozens of parks, miles of trails wind through tree-lined...

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From biking to boating, skating to swimming, options for the actively inclined are scattered throughout the city.


In addition to dozens of parks, miles of trails wind through tree-lined neighborhoods. Pick up a free Bellevue Park Guide at City Hall or call the Parks Department at 425-452-6881 to get one mailed to you.


Here’s a rundown of activity options.


Hikes and trails:


Bellevue contains more than 50 miles of hiking trails. Many lead from one park to another, such as from Mercer Slough to Kelsey Creek Park to Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Others connect to state lands like Cougar Mountain or Bridle Trails State Park.


• Mercer Slough Nature Park offers 320 acres of waterways and trails nestled between Bellevue Way Southeast and 118th Avenue Southeast just north of Interstate 90. Look for nesting herons and waterfalls. Access the trails at 2102 Bellevue Way S.E., 118th Avenue Southeast, the Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm or Bellefield Office Park.


• Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, operated by the Pacific Science Center, offers classes, hikes and overnight parties for elementary-school students. Address: 1625 118th Ave. S.E. Call 206-443-2925; 425-450-0207 for information.


• The Lake Hills Greenbelt trail winds from 140th Avenue Southeast and a city-owned blueberry farm to Larsen Lake and on to Phantom Lake. Ranger station and parking.






Family parks:


• Robinswood Community Park has a tennis center, an old house that can be rented for parties and sports fields. Address: 2340 148th Ave S.E.


• Kelsey Creek Park, the former Twin Valley Dairy Farm, still houses sheep, chickens, rabbits, ducks, cows, horses and pigs on part of the 80-acre park. In addition to two barns, there is a large playground, a meandering stream and an early Bellevue log cabin. Programs let children help care for the farm animals. Address: 13204 S.E. Eighth Place. For information, call 425-452-7688.


• Sherwood Forest Park features a playground for disabled children at Sherwood Forest Elementary School, 16411 N.E. 24th St.


Beaches:


A half-dozen public Bellevue beaches are stretched along the shores of Lake Washington. Parking is limited at most sites.


You’ll find swimming and play areas at Chism Park, 1175 96th Ave. S.E.; Clyde Beach, 2 92nd Ave. N.E., and Meydenbauer Beach Park, 419 98th Ave. N.E.


Chesterfield Beach, 2501 100th Ave. S.E., offers fishing and picnic areas. Fishing is also available at Enatai Beach, 3519 108th Ave. S.E. At Newcastle Beach Park, 4400 Lake Washington Blvd. S.E., you’ll find a great playground, swimming and picnic area.




Boating:


If you’re interested in launching your own boat, the Southeast 40th Street Park, near 118th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 40th Street, is the only city site that offers a launch for boat trailers on Lake Washington. An annual permit costs $77 for residents; the daily fee ranges from $6 to $8.


Small craft that can be carried on a car can be launched at Enatai Beach (3519 108th Ave. S.E.) and at the Sweyolocken Boat Launch, just south of the blueberry farm on Bellevue Way.


Canoe/kayak rentals are available at Enatai. Call 425-430-0111 for information.


Other activities:


• Crossroads Golf Course is a three-par course hidden northeast of Crossroads Shopping Center. Rates range from $6 to $14. Address: 15808 N.E. 15th St. Call 425-452-4873 for information.


• Bellevue Municipal Golf Course offers a traditional 18-hole course, but be prepared to share the fairways with ducks, geese and coyotes. Reservations suggested; winter greens fees start at $14. Address: 5450 140th Ave. N.E. Call 425-452-7250 for information.


• Bellevue Skateboard Park, in the lower level of Highland Community Center, is a popular indoor course that requires skaters to wear helmets. Address: 14424 N.E. Bellevue-Redmond Road. Phone: 425-452-2722. An initial $5 membership fee, then $3 per session.


• BMX Park, behind the Highland Community Center at 14424 N.E. Bellevue-Redmond Road, is to reopen in May. Free.


• Bellevue Skate King is a traditional indoor rink offering both regular skating lessons and in-line lessons. Address: 2301 140th Ave. N.E. Phone: 425-641-2046. Admission $4.50-$6, plus skate-rental fee. Hours vary.


• Mini Mountain Ski Center features an indoor rock-climbing wall and ski ramp. Address: 1900 132nd Ave. N.E. Phone: 425-746-7547.


• Imagination Studio is a good option for the younger set. A joint project between the Seattle Children’s Museum and Bellevue Art Museum, it provides hands-on art experiences for children at Crossroads Shopping Center. Cost is $4 per person, $3 for members. Address: 15600 N.E. Eighth St. Phone: 425-644-5689.