Just like a historic home, a beloved park needs care, maintenance and improvements to survive. That’s why Metro gathered community input and information to guide future investments and changes at Blue Lake Regional Park.
Nestled south of the Columbia River in Fairview, the park provides 185 acres of family-friendly fun centered around its namesake: a natural lake fed by underground springs. Visitors swim, fish, rent paddle boats and canoes or picnic along the shores, as well as exploring a “spray-ground,” nature-themed playground, natural discovery garden and disc golf course.
More than 300,000 people visit Blue Lake each year, generating significant revenue from their picnic reservations and $5-per-car fee. The park reaches capacity on beautiful summer days, yet gets only light use during the other seasons.
Many plans and studies have been developed over the years for specific facilities and amenities within the park, resulting in minor additions and changes. A voter-approved 2013 parks and natural areas levy has led to more significant renovations, including a new park entryway, picnic areas, bathrooms and native landscaping.
Despite these enhancements, Blue Lake’s underlying infrastructure is aging. A broader plan will keep Blue Lake fun, safe, healthy and relevant for future generations.