Pikes Peak Reservoir Replacement

Project Overview

Through a lease agreement with Washington State Parks, Bellevue Utilities owns, operates and maintains the Pikes Peak Reservoir and Pump Station facilities in Bridle Trails State Park. Bellevue Utilities is planning to replace the reservoir and relocate the pump station. This is a high priority project because these valuable water system assets provide water service reliability and fire protection to the residents of the Bridle Trails and Cherry Crest neighborhoods.

Utilities has evaluated the existing reservoir and pump station and determined they are not up to current seismic and operating standards and are nearing the end of their useful lives. Utilities took a collaborative approach over the initial phase of this project to evaluate alternatives and select an option to improve the reservoir and pump station.

The preferred alternative is to replace the existing Pikes Peak reservoir and relocate the pump station to facilities in Cherry Crest. The aging Cherry Crest Pump Station facility located in Cherry Crest Mini Park along 127th Avenue NE will be replaced and will serve both the Cherry Crest and Pikes Peak neighborhoods.

This project is part of our rehabilitation or replacement programs, established to maintain the area’s water service infrastructure. Pikes Peak Reservoir has been identified as one of the more seismically deficient reservoirs in the system and is a high priority.

Pikes Peak Reservoir and Pump Station Project Map

Collaborative Evaluation Process

Utilities evaluated proposed improvements for replacement of the reservoir and pump station within the existing area of the state park. To ensure the Pikes Peak Reservoir replacement project is a collaborative effort, the project team gathered public input through a Community Advisory Group, made up of key stakeholders and interested individuals who live near and/or use the facilities. The Community Advisory Group met seven times from December 2016 through September 2017 to discuss community priorities and project alternatives. Utilities also hosted an open house for the general public and briefed the Bridle Trails Community Club to share information about the project. From this process, a preferred alternative was mutually selected.

New Reservoir Preliminary Design

Pictured below is a computer-generated render of the proposed new Pikes Peak Reservoir, which will be made of concrete. An over half-year collaborative process with community members and the City of Bellevue arrived at the new design. The new reservoir will be in the same footprint as the current reservoir, also pictured below. The new concrete reservoir will also require less maintenance than the current steel one, meaning less disturbance to the surrounding community.

Render of proposed new concrete Pikes Peak Reservoir

The new Pikes Peak Reservoir will be in the the existing footprint.
Render of proposed new concrete Pikes Peak Reservoir

Pikes Peak Reservoir Replacement Project Timeline

Project Documents

Project Fact Sheet, Summer 2018

Project Fact Sheet, Spring 2017

FAQ, Spring 2017

Community Advisory Group, December 2016 Meeting Summary

Community Advisory Group, January 2017 Meeting Summary

Community Advisory Group, March 2017 Meeting Summary

Community Advisory Group, May 2017 Meeting Summary

Community Advisory Group, June 2017 Meeting Summary

Public Open House Materials, June 2017

Community Advisory Group, September 2017 Meeting Summary

Community Advisory Group, August 2018 Meeting Summary

Related Links:

Bellevue Utilities Capital Investment Program 

Cherry Crest Pump Station Replacement


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Jay HummelProject Manager




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