The city of Bellevue this week acquired two new additions to its parks system. Coal Creek Park, will become the city's largest park, though...
The city of Bellevue this week acquired two new additions to its parks system. Coal Creek Park, will become the city’s largest park, though not much will change for residents already familiar with the undeveloped, forested area.
The 550-acre park, located along Coal Creek Parkway in south Bellevue, has trails, a creek and a fish ladder. It will remain mainly undeveloped and open to the public.
The City Council on Monday approved an agreement that will transfer Coal Creek Park and the nearby 11-acre Surrey Downs property from King County to city ownership.
The Surrey Downs property, south of downtown on 112th Avenue Southeast, is also undeveloped and is where polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, were found leaking from old fluorescent light fixtures at a day-care center last August.
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The property transfers are the result of a deal that was worked out to settle a federal lawsuit filed by Newport Yacht Club and resident William Weinstein against the city and county. The suit related to environmental problems that stem from coal-mining in the area during the 1880s.
As part of the agreement, Bellevue agreed to perform stabilization projects to control flooding, erosion and sedimentation at Coal Creek Park. The county agreed to remove the PCBs and clean the Surrey Downs site before transferring ownership of both properties to the city.