The Children's Art Wall, which survived a beating during last year's flooding, will be moved from Bellevue's Haworth Park and given new prominence.
The Bellevue City Council voted unanimously last month to work with Back to the River Inc. to move the wall to a safer location, give it a new foundation and landscaping and develop a plaza around it.
The cost of relocating the wall is expected to be $60,000 to $70,000.
Bellevue Public Works Director Jerry Hare said the project is eligible for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is expected to pay 75 percent of the cost.
The wall will be moved to an area about 200 feet northwest of the marina. While the wall in that location would not survive an epic flood like the one of 2011 — when all of Haworth Park was under 10 feet of water — it would be farther from the river and safe from lesser floods.
Leaving it where it is would risk losing the wall completely.
The Flood of 2011 gouged the riverbank to a point where the wall is in danger of falling into the river.
Under the terms of the agreement, Back to the River, which provided most of the money to build the wall, will pay all costs associated with engineering and design of the new plaza. The city, in conjunction with FEMA, will cover the cost of moving the wall and construction of the new site.
The city also will assume responsibility for maintenance of the wall in the future. The contract with Back to the River specifically absolves the city from any responsibility for replacing the wall should it be destroyed by a future flood.
The National Children's Lewis and Clark Interpretive Art Wall, as it is formally known, uses a series of panels to depict the journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark between 1804 and 1806, a historical exploration that brought the adventurers along the Missouri River and through present-day Bellevue.
Installed in 2004, the artwork selected was from students in grades three through six in communities along the routes of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The artwork is arranged geographically into seven regions, from Illinois to Oregon, interpreting the journey across the continent.