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Pathway closes in Riverfront Park for winter work on future site of Centennial Trail

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 6:19 p.m.

An illustration from the City of Spokane showing the design plan for what’s being called the “East Promenade,” which will link the Howard Street bridge with the Lilac Bowl in Riverfront Park. (City of Spokane)

The pathway in Riverfront Park leading from the Howard Street Bridge, past the Clocktower and ending at the Spokane Convention Center will close for the winter next week.

The closure will allow for construction of what’s being called the East Prominade, part of Riverfront Park’s $64.3 million renovation that is expected to conclude next year. Once it’s completed, and the Post Street Bridge is rebuilt, the Centennial Trail will run through Riverfront Park. It’s been detoured on the north bank since construction began.

The promenade work, which is being handled by Garco Construction, is expected to wrap up in the spring. The total cost of the promenades, which include the north to south pathways across the Howard Street and blue bridges in the park, has been estimated at $4.1 million.

The Spokane Park Board has also selected a design firm, Bernardo Wills, to prepare a final plan for a playground on the north bank of the Spokane River. Design will be completed this winter, with construction scheduled to be complete by next fall. The city was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the state’s Recreation and