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Friday, April 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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State seeks feedback for after-school plan

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It’s well-documented that structured after-school programs and activities help kids thrive and stay out of trouble.

With that in mind, the Washington Afterschool Network is working on a statewide plan, and it’s looking for public input. If you have Internet access you don’t even need to leave home.

The plan, when complete will be used to inform public policy makers and to build support for increased resources.

To have your preferences reflected, fill out the survey available on the Web. Go to and click on “start survey.”

It’s a complicated Web address and the form takes about 20 minutes to complete, but you’ll have had a hand in developing resources that improve kids’ lives.

 North Spokane Bidwell Park  Colbert-area residents already have a new county swimming pool in their future. It’s hoped that the pool will be open next summer, the first phase of North Spokane Bidwell Park on Hatch Road just north of Handy Road.

Now, county officials are looking for public input in a master planning process that will determine what other features will be included in the new facility. The second of two meetings for citizens to give their input will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Midway Elementary School’s gymnasium, 821 E. Midway Road.

A landscape architect will be on hand to present two or more scenarios based on the most popular ideas that have emerged from more than 300 surveys filled out by children, adults and families in the area.

 Spokane Valley Comprehensive Plan  The Community Development Department of the city of Spokane Valley is looking for citizens’ ideas about how the city should look in 10 or 20 years. That’s the topic of a community workshop that will be held on June 2 at Greenacres Elementary School, 17915 E. Fourth Ave. An open house will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the workshop beginning at 7.

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