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A farm- themed play structure and a splash pad grace the new Greenacres Park. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
Greenacres residents have been wanting a neighborhood park for years and finally, the day is here. The Greenacres Park grand opening is Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at 1311 N. Long Road. Kids will find a lot to like there - swings, sand box, splash pad and playground equipment. There are also bathrooms, play fields, plenty of benches to sit on, a large picnic shelter than can be reserved and a 9-hole disc golf course.
The festivities on Saturday will include a one mile family walk, tree planting and a ribbon cutting by Sopkane Valley Mayor Tom Towey. There will also be a fire truck and a police car there for kids to check out. It sounds like quite the event, so be sure to drop by and check it out. Just try not to bother the mother Robin who has a nest on the light fixture next to the men's bathroom door.
Third-graders Audrina Gainey, left, and Stephanie Sawchuk, right, wear ball gowns and munch on a lunch served by parents and teachers May 24, at Sunrise Elementary. The event, called the Fairy Tale Ball, was a time to dress up and practice proper dining etiquette. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
There's a lot to check out in today's Valley Voice, so grab a cup of coffee and settle in. I almost wish I was at Sunrise Elementary when reporter Lisa Leinberger was there last week to check out the third grade Fairy Tale Ball because it sounds like so much fun. The students dressed up in their finest clothes and snacked on food made by their parents.
If you are looking for things to do this weekend, you have a couple of options. The grand opening of Greenacres Park is Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The park has a playgroung area with splash pad and sand box, restrooms, a large picnic shelter and play fields. Saturday is also West Valley Days in Millwood, which includes a parade, carnival and free bike raffle.
The Spokane Valley City Council discussed their second thoughts about accepting the donation of a sculpture in a new entry to be built at Appleway and Thierman next year. Several council members suggested putting the work of art in Balfour Park instead so people can get up close to it.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department will have a replacement levy on the ballot in August. It currently provides 53 percent of their annual budget and there was discussion this week on what would happen if the levy fails. Six of the department's ten stations would close and staff would be cut from 180 to 76.
Glen Prosser of Prosser and Sons, and his son, Jason, finish up the construction of a structure playground in the new Greenacres Park at Boone Avenue and Long Road on Monday. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
It never fails. I take a Friday off and there ends up being a ton of breaking news - fires, accidents, criminal mayhem, etc. But I can bring you the highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. The new Greenacres Park is taking shape and is on track to be done in mid-October. But people won't be able to use it this year because the grass needs time to get established. Look for a grand opening ceremony in the spring.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger attended a meeting of West Valley School District staff where concerns were raised about changes to library and music schedules after budget cuts. She also stopped in at the newest Meals on Wheels site at the Appleway Court Retirement Center.
Correspondent Juli Bergstrom Wasson also has details on a new sports bar and sandwich shop now open at Trent and Argonne.
A Central Pre-Mix truck heads south on Sullivan Road over the Spokane River on Thursday. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak
We had a nice, sunny weekend just in time for Hoopfest and Ironman, but now it's time to get back to work. We can start out our Monday by checking out the Valley Voice stories from Saturday. The City of Spokane Valley has imposed weight restrictions on the Sullivan Road bridge that carries southbound traffic because the bridge is deteriorating. It appears that Central-Pre Mix and Inland Asphalt, both with facilities just north of the bridge, will be the most impacted.
High school football teams from Eastern Washington and North Idaho recently gathered for the Border League Football Camp. Correspondent Steve Christilaw spoke to coaches about how the camp benefits their teams.
The eight acre Greenacres Park at Boone and Long is finally under construction and will be complete this fall, but likely not early enough to be used this year. Next summer, however, families will be able to take advantage of play fields, a play ground, a splash pad and picnic shelter.
If you can tear yourself away from Hoopfest or the Ironman this weekend, we will have a nice Valley Voice coming out on Saturday. As promised I will have more details about the truck weight restrictions on the Sullivan Road bridge. Some companies aren't worried about the limits but others are scrambling to figure out how to work around the problem.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger will have information on two awards the University High School drama department recently received. Greenacres residents are probably happy to see that construction on the long-awaited Greenacres park has begun. The park isn't expected to be ready for use this year, though.
I know it seems like I just got back from vacation, but next week is spring break and I'll be turning over the blog reins to fellow reporter Lisa Leinberger. She'll post as much as she can. It looks as though she will be attending an interesting Spokane Valley City Council meeting in my absence. On the agenda is a possible vote on the newly redesigned Indiana Avevenue extension project, a vote on awarding the construction bid for Greenacres Park and a vote on who to appoint to one of the vacant city council seats. She gets to have all the fun.
At any rate, I'll be back bright eyed and bushy tailed on April 11. Here's hoping for good weather!
Sorry for the late notice, but there's a few interesting things going on at the Spokane Valley City Council meeting tonight. First and foremost, the council will be interviewing candidates for one of the vacant council positions. During the rest of the evening the council will approve a procedure and timeline for filling former city councilman Bob McCaslin's seat, discuss the bids received for the construction of Greenacres park and also discuss the Indiana Avenue extension projects, which has hit a bit of a bump in the road.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. See you there.