This page provides updates and corrections for the book Eastside Seattle Walks, available on Amazon or ask your favorite local bookstore to order it for you.
The Eastside is still moving forward with changes and new development...some impacting the route descriptions in my book, Eastside Seattle Walks. I regularly watch for community news and rewalk the routes; I'll list updates and additions here as I discover them.
A special note about walking
in the time of COVID-19
You may encounter reduced hours, limited access, or other restrictions for some of the walk features described in the book. Yet each walk still offers many artworks, nature scenes, and history features to see in outdoor settings. Be sure to check local news reports and community websites for information on current restrictions and other factors to consider before you walk on any of the routes described in this book.
Latest updates as of August 17, 2021
Downtown Bellevue: A new entrance area is now open at the northeast corner of Downtown Bellevue Park, at Bellevue Way NE and NE 4th St. This entrance provides better access to the formal garden area and an interesting lighted water feature.
As you’re walking through old Bellevue, look for history wraps on traffic signal boxes at these corners:
- Southwest corner of Bellevue Way and Main St.
- Northeast corner of 102nd NE and NE 1st St.
- Southeast corner of 100th NE and Main St.
At Meydenbauer Beach Park, look for a tile mural illustrating beach activity in the early 20th century, located in the covered areas next to the park restrooms and the lifeguard office.
Bellevue Botanical Garden: The new Native Discovery Garden trail is now open along the south side of the large bog area. As you enter this trail from the west loop, look for a large basalt sculpture that makes a great spot for taking a selfie or a photo of family and friends.
Bothell Downtown: At the southeast corner of Main St. and 102nd Ave. NE, get a glimpse of local history in remnants of the original brick façade and a replica of the painted sign for the Bothell Cooperative Mercantile Company. A sign on the north side of the building tells the story behind this community store, built on this site in 1908.
Duvall: Look for a work of public art near the path into McCormick Park, just to the west of the historic Duvall depot. The three carved posts illustrate elements of the local community. Also read the nearby information signs about Snoqualmie Valley history and nature. And in the small park area on the south side of the depot, look for a few signs illustrating local nature.
Fall City: A new mural shows views of local scenery from Mount Rainier to the Snoqualmie River as it reaches town. Look for it in the small art park area on the south side of Redmond-Fall City Rd.
Issaquah: The grounds to the Issaquah Fish Hatchery are currently closed, but you can see the painted utility box outside the fence and the bronze sculptures of Gilda and Finley at a distance. While you are at the Issaquah Senior Center, look for the veterans memorial garden area next to the entrance. A new signal box wrap is located at the southeast corner of Rainier Blvd. and Dogwood St. At the Darigold plant, look for a painted tribute to the rooster named McNugget on the south wall of the large mural facing Front Street. At Confluence Park, kids will enjoy the stone pathways that wind their way through the planted areas and in a spiral behind the main park entrance sign.
Newcastle: A colorful, two-panel mural presents scenes of local nature and history at Lake Boren Park. Look for it on the south side of the restroom building.
Redmond: The Glacial Erratic sculpture has been moved to the east side of Leary Way, on the Downtown Redmond Connector trail. The Redmond Farmers Market is no longer being held at Redmond Town Center; check the website for current location: http://redmondsaturdaymarket.org/
Snoqualmie: A rock garden on the south side of Snoqualmie City Hall, located across from the American Legion Hall, makes an interesting architectural element with its design to capture rainwater.
Woodinville: The metal sculpture is no longer at Woodin Creek Park, although the bat boxes are still there. The area around Woodinville City Hall and the historic Woodinville High School is now a major construction zone. This zone also blocks a portion of the ballfields parking lot, which may make it difficult to find a parking spot. However, you can still enjoy the many other features of this walk through Wilmot Gateway Park, the Sammamish River Trail, and the surrounding farm fields and residential neighborhood.