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Bellevue Downtown Park Expansion

Full circle: a longtime park vision is finally completed

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  • Bellevue, Washington

    Bellevue, Washington

This expansive, family friendly park is the pride of downtown Bellevue

Bellevue’s downtown park has been a popular gathering place for residents for many years. Although the design began development in the 1980’s, funding allowed for only three-quarters of the park to be completed. From then, the complete the circle campaign began and was finally completed in 2017.

The framework of the park is a large circular walking path and park area, with views of the growing Bellevue skyline. We provided lighting design to complete the circle by designing new lighting for promenade, stairs and accessible paths, portable stage, terraced seating and walls, and water features.

An iconic element was the globes atop the obelisk-shaped light standards that line the circular promenade—the challenge was to match and replace the existing luminaire. We solved this with lighting mockups so that all interested parties could review and comment on three alternate luminaires. Discussion led to final specifications that included not just fixture style, but color of light, illumination output, and quality of light.

Finishing this project completes a vision that the City of Bellevue has had for 35 years and gives its residents a beautiful community gathering place.

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MacLeod Reckord Landscape Architects
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Shannon Glover, Senior Lighting Designer

Lighting is storytelling. It’s the voice of the architecture, the emotion of the environment. Its controls are the plot that activates the space.

Shannon Glover

Senior Lighting Designer

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