Haworth Park Reopens

After being flooded in 2011 and soaked in 10 feet of water, Bellevue's Haworth Park is set to reopen Wednesday.

The park’s transformation was completed Tuesday, that included adding the finishing touches to 130 camping spots and laying cement around playgrounds and bathhouses.

Park officials say the opening of Haworth signals a new beginning for the entire area.

“Riverfest" will also return to the park, because over the last two years the annual celebration was absent from the area. The celebration was traditionally held on the peninsula inside the park, near the river, however, during the rebuild, the “Back to the River” celebration, will be located closer where the marina once stood.

"People come in, they will come down Mission Avenue, there is businesses there that they will be able to go to and that, just driving through, something might catch their eye,” Mike Francis, who is with the City of Bellevue said. "Hopefully, bringing the campers back in will help with the economy a little bit. I know that we wanted to get this done by the end of may, but because of the weather and everything, the weather has been more favorable, now the past few weeks, we've been able to get everything open, everything cleaned up."

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