Bear Lake Regional Park Phase 1 Master Plan + Shoreline Repair  

Introduction

Since it was purchased in 1974, Bear Lake Regional Park has been a well-used and well-loved outdoor recreation asset serving Spokane County residents.  

Recently, it has become apparent that the rock-filled wire gabion baskets and some of the stairways at the shoreline have reached their "end of life," needing to be replaced in the near future. As such, County Parks has installed temporary fencing along the west shore to ensure continued safe use of this area until improvements to restore public access can be designed, funded, permitted, and built.   

This project will focus on designing long-term improvements to replace the gabion baskets and enhance universal lake access for visitors. The primary goal of Phase 1 is to get the Shoreline Repair / Restoration design project to a 60% design level that would allow County Parks staff to apply for grant funding in 2022 to help fund the permitting and construction of these shoreline enhancements.

County Parks has retained AHBL Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering to create the designs, and T-O Engineers to prepare the environmental assessments and shoreline permit applications.  Once the project begins, there will be several opportunities throughout the design process to help determine how the new shoreline design will function and what it will look like.  Please continue to check this webpage for updates.  

Preliminary Project Timeline: 

July – August 2021: County Parks staff began putting the necessary pieces in place to begin the design project. The east and west shorelines were surveyed to create a base map for the design team.  Late August - September 2021: County Parks Staff held an in-person "pop-up event" at the park on Sept. 3 and posted a pre-design on-line survey (Sept. 7-Sept.23).  Fall 2021: The design team began work and developed preliminary concept alternatives for public review and comment.   December - January  2022: . Final public comment period.  March 2022: Project Completion.  May 2022: County Parks staff will submit grant applications with the goal of obtaining funding to complete the construction documents and build the shoreline restoration designs.   June 2023: Grant award recipients notified.

Funding:  

$70,000.00 / Real Estate Excise Tax (REET)

Public Participation Opportunities:

 Upcoming Opportunities:  Shoreline Repair Focus Areas Design Concepts.  We anticipate having one preferred concept for each focus area (east + west) ready for your additional comments in late December or January.  Draft Phase 1 Master Plan (Shoreline Focus).  At the same time, we'll ask for your input on the Phase 1 Master Plan and potential future uses for the areas outside of the designated shoreline focus areas.

Past Events:  Shoreline Repair Focus Areas - Concept Alternative Review & Comment Period.  The input many of you provided on the shoreline design concept alternatives is greatly appreciated and will help our design team develop one preferred design solution for each of the two focus areas.  Please click here to see the concepts East A, East B, West C, or West D and here for the Concept Alternative Survey Results (Nov. 8, 2021).  

Pre-Design.  Thank you to everyone who attended the "pop-up" event on September 3 and / or filled out the online survey.  Your input is important for helping our design team understand how the shoreline is used, opportunities for enhancements, and what you value most about the park.  Please click here for the Online Survey Results (Sept. 24, 2021).  Please click here for the "Pop-up" Event Comment Summary (Sept. 3, 2021).  

Documents:

Shoreline Repair Focus Areas

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For more information please contact Julie Neff, Parks Planner / Landscape Architect, jneff@spokanecounty.org