Published June 20 2023
With completion this month of the new Pikes Peak Reservoir in Bridle Trails State Park, Bellevue residents can rely on an earthquake-resilient reservoir large enough to serve generations to come.
Replacing the aging, 1-million-gallon, steel facility with a 1.25-million-gallon, concrete one was a priority for the City of Bellevue, not only because it provides essential water to all of Bellevue, but also because it supports fire protection to the residents of the Bridle Trails, Pikes Peak and Cherry Crest neighborhoods.
Bellevue Utilities commemorated the completion of the new reservoir with a small ceremony on June 14. While the site offered limited access and parking, the ceremony was livestreamed on Bellevue Television. A recording of the ceremony is available.
Through a lease agreement with Washington State Parks, Bellevue Utilities has owned, operated and maintained the Pikes Peak Reservoir at Bridle Trails State Park for over 50 years.
Construction of the new reservoir began in 2021, after intensive consultation with area residents. Instead of replacing the pump station that shared the site with the old reservoir, Bellevue Utilities shifted that service to a new pump station in Cherry Crest.
During construction, Bellevue Utilities, in partnership with CONSOR Engineering and Harbor Pacific Contractors, continued to work closely with the community on the planning, design and construction. This partnership ensured minimum interruption to the community and the surrounding natural environment.