Saturday, February 18, 2012
Cruising The East Channel – East Mercer Island and Southwest Bellevue
The landmark property at the southern tip of
is appropriately known as “Southpointe.” From here there are fabulous views of the lake and Mercer Island Mount Rainier.
Across the channel in
is the 19 acre Seahawks headquarters and practice facility which opened in 2008. The facility is state-of-the-art and considered one the NFL’s top 3 team facilities. It has one indoor and four outdoor full-size football fields plus administrative offices, gyms, rooms for lockers, training, dining and conferences and a 146-seat auditorium. The buildings have 113,000 square feet. Renton
The I-90 East Channel Bridge connects
to Mercer Island . The first bridge here was completed in 1923 and provided the first road off the island. Estates were soon established on the east side of Bellevue . The first bridge was torn down and one span of the current bridge was built in 1940. The second span was opened in 1992 as part of the I-90 system. Mercer Island
South of the bridge is on the east side of the channel is the mouth of
and Mercer Slough. The creek is the main tributary to Kelsey Creek Lake Washington between the 520 Bridge and the south end of the lake. adjacent to the lake is about 300 acres and the largest natural wetland on Mercer Slough Park Lake Washington. Canoes and kayaks for exploring the slough can be rented at Enatai Beach Park under the I-90 bridge.
South of the
is Newport Shores, “The Venice of Lake Washington.” To the immediate north of the bridge is Kelsey Creek . It is classified as a town and, with a population of 300, is the smallest municipal jurisdiction in Beaux Arts Village . It was founded in 1908 as an artists’ colony and is now a very affluent area. King County
is on the northeast end of Burbank Park with spectacular views of Mercer Island Lake Washington. It is 77 acres with 4,000 feet of waterfront. There is ample free day moorage at park’s docks. Park amenities include a large children’s play area, an off-leash dog area, group picnic areas, tennis courts, a public boat dock and fishing pier, a swimming beach with lifeguard and an amphitheater.
(This is the seventh chapter [go to next chapter] of our “Lake Washington Cruising” article. The chapters are being posted in reverse order. When all chapters are posted they will be in order in this blog with the first chapter at the top. I will be posting approximately one chapter per week. You can read and print an abbreviated pdf version of the entire article.)