Wondering what to expect during the construction of our new Visitor and Education Centers? Answers to frequently asked questions about access, operations and programs can be found right here along with periodic construction updates!
Bellevue City Council has 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 Society continues to raise funds for
The Garden is open during construction.
Our Interim Management Plan will ensure
Parking and Access
Visitors will still be able to access the Shorts Visitor Center for restrooms, plant database kiosk, maps, and general information. Shorts Visitor Center will be open daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Plan to be back to your car by dusk, as the trail to Wilburton Hill Park is unlit.
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Grounds staff offices will be in a portable near the maintenance area. Volunteer and partner group efforts will continue throughout construction.
Construction Project FAQ
When will the actual construction start?
Is the Garden open during construction?
Where do I park? Park in the Wilburton Hill Park parking lot at the intersection of 124th Ave NE and Main St. The best route is NE 8th St to 124th Ave NE heading south.
How do I enter the Garden? The entrance will be located at the back gate of Yao Garden via the Lake-to-Lake Trail; look for signs in Wilburton Hill Park parking lot.
How long is the walk from the parking lot to the entrance? 1/3 mile
Where will ADA accessible parking be located? Accessible parking is available in Wilburton Hill Park.
What parts of the Garden will be closed? The parking lot, current entry garden, and rill plaza will be closed during construction.
Will the Shorts Visitor Center be open? Shorts Visitor Center will be open daily, 9:00am – 4:00pm
When will the new buildings be done?
How with the Shorts Center be used when the new buildings are completed? The Shorts house will remain a place for visitors to rest, enjoy views into the Garden, and access gardening books, computers,
What will happen to the Sharp Cabin?
When will the new buildings be completed? The project is expected to be completed Fall 2014. Check back here to follow our progress here.
What Can I See During Construction?
Can I have a docent-led tour? Docent-led tours are available every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm, April through October. Tours meet at the BBG Shorts Visitor Center.
Will the Living Lab Children's program continue during construction?
Where will the garden office be located?