Popup cafe invites stakeholders to "enliven Wilburton"
Stakeholders, neighbors and community partners came together around a popup café on Nov. 1 for "Enliven Wilburton." The colorful and lively event featured keynote speaker Jeff Risom, an urban design expert from Copenhagen, Denmark, along with public officials, representatives from Cascade Bicycle Club, and the nearby REI Bellevue.
Participants enjoyed music by Choroloco, a Seattle-based acoustic ensemble while enjoying refreshments and having an opportunity to help create a concrete tile for the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) Trail. At a City Skyline Photo Station visitors were invited to share their vision for the space.
Planners say the event was part of "activating" the undeveloped space and inspiring the community with the vision of transforming the Eastside Rail Corridor into an iconic community space. The location (in Bellevue between NE 4th and NE 8th and east of 116th) is where the new regional trail near the center of the Wilburton redevelopment and Bellevue's Grand Connection will one day intersect.
The popup café preceded a week of workshops on Wilburton's redevelopment, ERC and Grand Connection with Risom, whose city of Copenhagen is at the forefront of designing people and bike friendly cities. The popular teacher and lecturer is currently the managing director of Gehl in the U.S. where he leads the San Francisco and New York based teams.
The rail corridor is part of King County's plan to add 16.7 miles of trail that will provide the cities of Renton, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville and Redmond with new opportunities for non-motorized recreation and transportation. The Grand Connection is Bellevue's "bold new vision as a non-motorized corridor for connectivity and public space."