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Wed., March 23, 2011, 11 a.m.

Paddlers trying to assure Spokane River access

Members of the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club unload their boats at the popular Spokane River Centennial Trail access at Mission and Flora, Sun., Mar. 20, 2011. That access will remain open this summer during the construction of the planned extension of Indiana Ave., where the city plans on building a roundabout. (J. Bart Rayniak)
Members of the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club unload their boats at the popular Spokane River Centennial Trail access at Mission and Flora, Sun., Mar. 20, 2011. That access will remain open this summer during the construction of the planned extension of Indiana Ave., where the city plans on building a roundabout. (J. Bart Rayniak)

RIVERS -- Members of the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club, pictured above unloading their boats at the popular Spokane River Centennial Trail access at Mission and Flora on Sunday, are working to assure that the access won't be gobbled up by development plans.

The access is important for Spokane River paddlers using the Sullivan Rapids area as well as for all Valley users of the Centennial Trail.

Club members have received assurances from city officials have said the access will remain open this summer during the construction of the planned extension of Indiana Ave., where a roundabout will be built.

The club also is optimistic that plans can be drawn up to assure the access will be improved rather than degraded by future development.




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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