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PADDLING — A state board in charge of money for recreational projects rejected a plea from supporters of a whitewater park in the Spokane River and refused to extend a $500,000 grant. The project will probably take longer than supporters say, and the city should return when more prep work has been done, the board said, according to a report by S-R Capital Bureau reporter Jim Camden in Olympia.
In a 6-1 vote, the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board refused the extension but said the project should complete an environmental impact statement and obtain needed permits, then return to the board to ask for the grant to be awarded a second time.
“We at Friends of the Falls are disappointed,” said Steve Faust, leader of the Spokane group that's advocated the park. “But (we're) also encouraged that each RCO board member expressed support for the project and encouraged the city to apply for a new grant. We will be meeting with City Parks what happens next. We thank the City Parks Department for their efforts.”
Read on for more of Camden's report from the Olympia meeting.
PADDLING — Typically the Grand Canyon is floated by raft because of the length of time it takes to boat the roadless stretch of the Colorado River.
Most trips take 12-21 days to negotiate big whitewater and long stretches of flatwater.
All the skills requirements are amplified for the few self-supported kayakers who attempt to carry all their gear – including the required “groover” and fire pan.
But Scott Sills and Mike Copeland proved it could be done in a 16-day December adventure they launched in creek boats stuffed with 250 pounds of gear.
They’ll present a program on the trip (and tell whether they could Eskimo roll a kayak that heavy in the canyon’s huge water) Monday, 7 p.m., at the Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland, sponsored by Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club.
PADDLING — Supporters of the proposed Spokane River Whitewater Park in Peaceful Valley are still plugging along at getting approval for all the various permits.
Spokane Parks and Recreation Department had organized an e-mail list to help people stay up to date on progress.
Click here to sign up.
Incidentally, the Friends of the Falls website hasn't been updated in a long time.