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Tue., June 10, 2014

Don’t overdo park facelift

I read with interest and support the May 31 front page article regarding the “rescue” of Charles W. Smith’s “dinosaur bone” sculpture created for Spokane’s Expo ’74.

Like most residents here, I’d like to see as much as possible of the original art from Expo ’74 saved for future generations to appreciate. I am also glad that we are working toward a bond measure that will renovate our Riverfront Park, given to us by this historic event.

I work in the hospitality industry, and send visitors to our downtown gem almost daily. Frequently, they return with their thanks and appreciation.

While I agree the park could use a facelift, I do not think it should take a $60 million bond measure to put a life-long roof on the pavilion, open up the more hidden corners of the park and increase access and security.

Let’s be careful not to sanitize the charm right out of our town’s best asset. After all, this is not “Anytown, USA.” This is Spokane, Washington: our town.

Michael Paul


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