With major improvements underway at Blue Lake Regional Park, Metro is seeking input from the region as it plans for the next stage of renovation work. Members of the community are invited to participate in a self-guided, online open house that includes a survey of how they are currently using the park. The open house is available in both English and Spanish.
Visit the open house
Ver la encuesta en español
The survey is open through September 25.
The park itself is temporarily closing to the public on September 5 so that extensive work can be done, including updating the sewer and water systems, renovating the fishing pier, modernizing a maintenance facility that serves Metro’s entire park system, and building a new park office. Metro anticipates the park re-opening in spring 2024. The disc golf course will remain open during this closure, although parking will be limited.
Even while the park is closed, planning continues for the next stage of renovations. Along with the open house and survey, Metro is engaging with community members through a partner cohort and focus groups prioritizing those who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, people surviving on low incomes, people with disabilities, and other communities who have not benefited equitably from past investments. Metro is also engaging with tribal governments about the park renovation work.
The project team, led by landscape architecture firm RANGE, will use the feedback Metro is gathering this month to create three design concepts for the park. In spring, Metro will begin another round of public engagement to share the park design ideas and hear feedback.
“Metro wants to make sure we’re providing plenty of opportunities for community members to participate in planning and design for this treasured regional landmark,” said Metro landscape architect and planner Olena Turula. “The goal is to build a park that is safe, welcoming, and fun for everyone – and that remains so for many generations to come.”