Posts tagged: Spokane
CYCLING — I've just learned that the city of Spokane is eliminating its Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator position.
As of Dec. 21, Grant Wencel, who's held the postion for more than four years, will be terminated and the job will go dark.
Here is a reaction from Bradley Bleck, who's been closely involved with the recent advances in bicycling routes and status in city transportation planning:
As someone who has served on the (Bicycling Advisory Board) for nearly seven years as a volunteer and member, who worked to help bring a bike/ped coordinator to the city, I can only see it as a significant step in the wrong direction, one that will make both recreational and utilitarian cycling in the city much less a priority.
FISHING – The annual spring fishing closure to protect spawners in the Spokane River begins tomorrow (March 16).
Fishing won’t resume until June 1 below Monroe Street Dam.
The fishing season will reopen on the river from the stateline downstream to Upriver Dam on June 2.
Check the fishing regulations closely.
ACTIVE OUTDOORS - 2010 will go down as the year Spokane finally got some national recognition as an outdoor town, even though it was a bit naïve and understated.
Generally falling just under the national radar, Spokane was been exposed as one of the nation's top places for outdoor enthusiasts to live in Outside magazine's August issue.
The magazine ranked Boise as the nation's top outdoor town for skiers, paddlers, cyclists and runners.
Spokane was listed as runner-up to Ashland, Ore., for trail-running.
But in reading the text, it's clear that Spokane is second to none in that category. For instance, the editors shortchanged us, saying the 75 miles of trails in Riverside State Park start “just five miles from town.” Huh? The trails start IN town near Albi Stadium and SFCC.
That barely scratches the surface of options ranging from South Hill Bluff trails, Spokane Valley's Beacon Hill - and just ask the local high school cross-country teams about the trails on the north side near the Little Spokane River and elsewhere.