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Improvements for Browns Point Lighthouse Park
Metro Parks is planning a round of improvements for Browns Point Lighthouse Park, and they want public feedback on what they should focus on.
The park currently lists among its attractions swimming, boating, fishing, picnic sites, a lighthouse and restored lighthouse keeper's cottage, and tours to learn about the history of the park and the lighthouse. The first lighthouse was installed at the location in 1887, two years before Washington became a state. For three Saturdays this summer, the park will also host overnight campers for a campout under the stars. And if you really love the lighthouse and the park, you can sign up for a "one-week tour of duty and staying in the Light Keeper's Cottage."
A first round of improvements between 2007 and 2011 included the removal of a small garage, the restoration and replacement of deteriorated roofs, windows, and a chimney on structures in the park, funded in part by the 2005 Parks Improvement Bond Measure, and in part by a grant received by the Points N.E. Historical Society.
The 2005 Bond program also included $500,000 for accessible pathways and an accessible promenade, the addition of parking, and new park furnishings, as well as the already completed demolition of the existing garage. Following a public input process, Metro Parks hopes to start work on improvements by December 2015.
As a part of the public input process, the public is invited to join Metro Parks staff for a public meeting on the improvements on April 15, where they will have the opportunity to discuss parking options, accessibility improvements, and general park enhancements.
What improvements would you like to see at the Browns Point park?
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