The Bellevue Downtown Association’s 43rd Annual Celebration took place Thursday, February 2nd at Meydenbauer Center. Over 400 guests gathered and celebrated Downtown’s thriving business, civic and residential environment. Downtown Bellevue continues to expand its stronghold with projects like the Lincoln Square expansion adding 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use development downtown. The city also keeps adding new clientele with the addition of REI, Amazon and even light rail coming to town. BDA membership is more diverse, dynamic and dedicated to growing up, growing out and growing within. The BDA embraces a regional view – including Downtown’s vital role in relationship with our neighboring cities. Bellevue’s best days are still ahead of us. Keynote speaker Amy Lynch engaged the audience in a lively discussion about generational intelligence and what it means to be a generational intelligent city.
The BDA recognized two recent extraordinary achievements in Downtown Bellevue. Our Place Making Award recipients shape the quality and character of our city and further define the Downtown experience for this generation and many to come. They help to tell our story as a community.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue recently opened its completely rebuilt 27,000 square foot Main Clubhouse, featuring a wide-open, brightly lit space with a new gym, amazing game room, tech lab, education center, and preschool – all to better engage, serve and inspire kids of all ages for decades to come. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue have served the Downtown community in this present location since the 1940s. Located right across 100th Ave NE from the Downtown Park, the new Jim and Sally A. Nordstrom Main Clubhouse is one of three recent expansions in Bellevue, including the new Fieldhouse in Hidden Valley Sports Park and a new teen campus in Lake Hills.
KidsQuest Children’s Museum has delighted the young and young at heart for many years. Their former home at Factoria Mall was a prime destination for families who yearned for a creative place to engage their kids. And more kids, and more kids, and soon the search was on a larger space in the heart of the city. A wise person once said a great downtown must have a great children’s museum. Well we do now. KidsQuest found their new home by revitalizing the building that once housed the beloved Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art, on the corner of 108th & NE 12th, near the Bellevue Library. KidsQuest invites and encourages interaction and communication, important to acceptance, self-esteem, healthy brains and a greater understanding of themselves and a broader view of the world around them. Or – if that’s too much – it’s simply a great place to hang out and burn off some energy.
The Bellevue Downtown Association is grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP & Group Health
The Bellevue Collection, The Boeing Company, Clark Nuber PS, Microsoft, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle Children’s, The Spring District, Sweeney Conrad, P.S., T-Mobile
Bank of America, Baylis Architects, DCI Engineers, GLY Construction, Overlake Medical Center, Parker, Smith & Feek, Sterling Realty Organization
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