Metro can no longer afford status quo at Blue Lake Park. The Park was more than $300,000 short of meeting its costs last year.

The obvious solution for the regional government is to recreate the park as a moneymaker. A small golf course, a better trail network, and an educational pavilion are possibilities. It also could mean a skate park and a rock-climbing wall.

Ultimately, the goal is to get people going to the park on a year-round basis. The park attracted 88,000 paying customers last July, but only about 1,000 in December.

A larger, rebuilt Lake House is one possibility. Metro had talked about building a new Lake House with hotel rooms, a restaurant and a 5,000-seat auditorium, but backed down after concerns were raised at an earlier public hearing.

For Giselle Brannon, the park is a place for children. She encouraged Metro to hold onto that spirit and focus on activities for kids. After all, she said, the park makes money when children beg their parents to go to it.

Metro planners will work into proposals comments from a meeting this week and a similar one last month. The Metro Council should vote on the proposals by December. About $205,000 has been set aside to launch the project next year.

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