The renovation of Blue Lake Regional Park will take several years to complete. Metro's approach is to first move quickly with projects that improve infrastructure and operations. These include things like new water lines and maintenance facilities.
The next phase of renovations is longer and involves public-facing projects like new park amenities. Metro is taking more time with this phase to engage with people of color, Indigenous people, people with low incomes, people with varying abilities, and others who have not benefited equitably from past projects.
Park improvements will be made in alignment with the 2019 bond’s key tenets, including racial equity, climate resilience, operational sustainability, community engagement, and accessibility.
Improvements at the park include:
- Removing outdated and/or unsafe park facilities
- Installing and improving basic infrastructure like water and sewer lines to support new amenities
- Replacing the maintenance facility on the north side of the park, which serves as a hub for all of Metro’s park operations
- Renovating the fishing pier
- Community outreach to determine what kinds of park amenities best serve the whole region
- Planning and building new park facilities and amenities