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More than a walk in the park

The City of Spokane is looking to fill two spots on the Park Board. For those unfamiliar with the way the city works (or doesn't work), the Park Board is arguably the most powerful unelected body around.

The city, by its charter, has to set aside a chunk of its general fund every year for parks. (Thank the city grandfathers and the Olmstead Brothers for that one.) It has 10 appointed members, and they serve five-year terms, with the option of being reappointed once. There's at least a meeting a month, plus subcommittees. Along with Parks like Riverfront, the Arboretum and Manito, the Park Board also oversees the four municipal golf courses, swimming pools and other facilities.

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