Pamplin Media Group – Metro bans access to Blue Lake

Visitors unable to swim, pedal boat, fish from the wharf this summer due to a pandemic, construction

This summer, families will not be able to access water in Blue Lake Regional Park due to lingering concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and infrastructure changes made by the Metro Regional Government.

The 185-acre park located at 21224 NE Blue Lake Road in Fairview has long been a destination for tens of thousands of visitors looking to fish from an accessible dock, swim, and paddle boat. But all three of these activities are banned this summer, and there’s no clear idea when they’ll return. Fishing is still permitted from the shores of the lake.

Other closed amenities at Blue Lake include park office, wading pool, picnic reservations, playgrounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits. Primary toilets are also closed – with portable options in place at parking lots.

As access to the lake is restricted, Metro is considering other changes. They are removing structures like the fishing pier, monitoring the water quality of the lake and improving sanitation facilities. When it comes to replacing structures like the wharf, Metro awaits public comment.

“New park amenities, including a replacement fishing dock, will be based on community priorities identified during the engagement process,” said Kelsey Wallace, Metro Parks and Nature Communications.

This seizure process has not started.

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