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Blue Lake and Oxbow regional parks celebrate 50 years

On Friday, July 12, Metro regional government commemorates two regional park’s 50th anniversaries — Oxbow and Blue Lake — with free admission and special activities.

Located on two bends of the Sandy River, Oxbow Regional Park is 1,000 acres of wilderness with an ancient forest, river beaches and bluffs. Multnomah County opened the once-private lands to the public in 1963, and ever since, Oregonians have trekked to Oxbow to relax along the shores and enjoy activities such as boating, camping and hiking.

Blue Lake Regional Park opened in 1928 as a family-run attraction with a dance hall, rides and swimming. In 1963, after Multnomah County purchased the park, it was reopened with improved infrastructure but without the dance hall and rides. Visitors today can rent a boat, fish or swim in the 64-acre, spring-fed lake, have a picnic, hike trails, enjoy a nature-themed playground, and play disc golf and horseshoes.

Metro regional government now operates both parks.

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