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Thu., June 14, 2012

Parks department needs to act on big ideas

On May 31, The Voice had an article about the future of Riverfront Park. All the Parks Department has been doing for 30 years is talk, talk, talk.  There were plans for a People Mover along Howard from the Arena to downtown and a 300-foot mini Space Needle-Disney type attraction. Nothing ever comes to pass.

But, in the mean time, the U.S. Pavilion is deteriorating. The citizens were conned by the Parks Department, told that there wasn’t enough money to maintain Riverfront Park. So, in 1999, we voted to buy the north bank and put in revenue by generating attractions. Here it is, 13 years later and it sits empty. A small scale, classy amusement park could be put there, or more land could be acquired. And, a downtown destination could be built, similar to the Elitch Gardens in Denver.  

It took big ideas and motivation to get Expo off the ground and it was a success. Since then, Spokane has been dominated by small-minded naysayers. Set a goal for the 40th anniversary of Expo, in May 2014. Have the Pavilion refurbished, with a permanent roof and a tourist destination on the north bank, along with a replacement for Natatorium Park. Don’t think small, think big and make it happen.

Richard Trerise



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