April 23, 2013, Groundbreaking!
Mayor Conrad Lee, Joanne White, Park Board Chair Lynne Robinson, Nancy Daar, David Ketter, Garden Manager Nancy Kartes, Council Member John Chelminiak, Council Member John Stokes, Robin Root James
The project is expected to take 18 months and the Garden will remain open the entire time. More information about the construction.
City Council Awards Contract
March 4, 2013 Bellevue City Council awarded the contract for our new Education Center and Visitor Center project to Cornerstone General Contractors, Inc. Parks planners are familiar with Cornerstone from their work on the South Bellevue Community Center. The Garden will remain open during construction, expected to begin on May 1, 2013. The Interim Management Plan will ensure that programs and operations continue as smoothly as possible for the expected 18-month construction period. The Society continutes to raise funds for the completion of this long-awaited construction.
We are thrilled to announce that on December 3, 2012, Bellevue City Council approved the 2013-2014 budget, and with it, the construction of the Bellevue Botanical Garden Visitor Education Center and parking lot expansion project!
The City plans to put the project out to bid in January, review in February, and ask Council to award a construction contract in late February/early March. If all goes well through the bidding process, construction should begin about May 1 and last roughly 18 months. The Garden will remain open during construction.
The Society continues to raise funds for the new construction through the Growing a Living Legacy capital campaign. We have raised $4 million, just a little over a million to go! Please donate now to be part of this extraordinary effort.
Our Garden Grows!
In 2009 the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society embarked on a campaign to complete the $11 million master plan improvements to the Garden. Olson Kundig Architects have designed the new buildings and construction drawings are now in the permitting process at the City of Bellevue. Through the 2008 Parks Levy passage, CIP Process and a challenge grant from the City of Bellevue, and numerous other private donations, as of December 28, 2012 we have raised almost ten million, 88% of our goal!