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Growing pains can’t silence Mozart on a Summer’s Eve

Mozart on a Summer’s Eve celebrates its 28th year Tuesday and Wednesday in Manito Park.


Demise of Spokane’s Manito zoo marked by shots of a .30-30 rifle

Charles Balzer probably didn’t think much of it when he fenced off one of the many spring-fed ponds scattered around Spokane’s newest park.


Friends of Manito and Spokane Parks Foundation make Spokane’s parks better looking and more fun

From inside a classroom at Manito Park, Dave Lennstrom opens the door, letting light flood the room. He points outside to the native shrubs on the hill beyond the manicured …


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Summer Parkways hit with torrential downpour; bikers, runners undeterred

On Thursday, Summer Parkways, an annual outdoor block party, welcomed bicyclists and runners on a 3-mile loop of the South Hill including Manito and Comstock parks. But this year it, …


New Manito garden honors Helen Keller, Lions Club mission serving blind and deaf

A new garden was dedicated in honor of blind and deaf activist Helen Keller on Friday afternoon at Manito Park.


Friends of Manito to host plant sale Saturday with over 550 species

No plants for the weekend? Friends of Manito is hosting its annual plant sale at Manito Park on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will go towards capital …


Helen Keller Centennial garden in Manito celebrates humanitarian legacy

A new garden in Manito Park will commemorate Helen Keller and her role inspiring outreach for sight-impaired individuals by the Spokane Lions Club.


Planting begins at Duncan Garden in Spokane’s Manito Park

It takes a lot of plants to fill the 3-acre garden on the South Hill. About 32,000, according to city parks officials.


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Opening day at Spokane’s Japanese garden attracts hundreds

Despite temperatures below 50 degrees, wind gusts and a slight drizzle, hundreds of people trekked to the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden in Spokane’s Manito Park on Sunday for the seasonal …


Landmarks: The man behind the Manito Park firepit

People enjoying Manito Park in cold weather months or on cool summer evenings have for many decades warmed themselves – or toasted marshmallows – at the large wood-burning hearth located …


Growing spice company moves to larger location

A local spice distributor is moving to its third location since its founding four years ago, following year after year growth.


New pergola planned for Manito Park

A new pergola is coming to Manito Park in Spokane in February, replacing a more utilitarian structure that was damaged by a falling tree during the windstorm of 2015.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

Spokane Turkey Trot kicks off Thanksgiving with costumes, dogs and generosity

Unseasonably warm weather made for a likely record-breaking turnout at Spokane’s annual Turkey Trot in Manito Park.


SpoLang celebrates German tradition with Lantern Fest Parade

The foreign language academy has held a Lantern Fest Parade for 21 years.


Spokane parks: More to explore outside of downtown

Spokane newcomers could be forgiven for thinking that Riverfront Park in downtown is all the city has to offer in green spaces. But Spokane has a rich history of preserving …


Spokane seeks long-term solution at Manito’s murky Mirror Pond

A few days ago, Erin Devine and Mary Maupin stopped on a trail in Manito Park and looked down into the murky green water of Mirror Pond. “We were like, …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:23 p.m.

‘Two become one’ as moon eclipses the sun in Manito Park wedding

As the light grew long, shadows deepened and the world took on a hazy hue, Nathan Mauger and Connie Young said, ‘I do.’


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:22 p.m.

Then and now: Duncan Garden reaches its peak

The European Renaissance-style garden in Manito Park that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer was planted around Memorial Day of this year with tens of thousands of begonias, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Robber impersonating police officer tries to assault woman at Manito Park

William Crampton approached a couple seated on a bench at Manito Park, flashed his policeman’s star, and ordered the man to leave at once. The man, a soldier, did as …


Then and Now: Manito’s Duncan Garden

In early Spokane, parks were primarily natural spaces used for picnics. When Parks Superintendent John W. Duncan retired in 1942, Spokane’s park system included more parks, plus features like playgrounds, …


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:29 p.m.

Three hospitalized after shooting in Manito Park early Saturday

Three people were hospitalized after a shooting in Manito Park early Saturday morning.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

Ever-growing Associated Garden Clubs plans annual plant sale

Associated Garden Clubs is getting new life from new members


Then and Now: Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden

Spokanites have loved the Japanese garden at Manito Park for family outings, nature photos and quiet meditation since it’s opening in 1974. The area is named for Nishinomiya, Japan, Spokane’s …


100 years ago in Spokane: Grocery company says hunter killed zoo bear; Ida Tarbell criticizes tariffs

The Spokane Table Supply Company claimed that the bear was, in fact, an old “pet” bear that had been kept in the Manito Park Zoo cages.


Then and Now: Manito duck pond

Francis Cook came to Spokane from Tacoma in 1879 to run the town’s first newspaper, The Spokan Times. It would be a few years before the town name included an …


Christmas snow sends sledders to hills at Spokane parks, schools

A frosty Christmas that saw 5 inches of snow on the ground around the Spokane area prompted several revelers to head outside and find a hill to careen down.


100 years ago in Spokane: Writer expresses optimism for world peace; city gives up hunt for bear that escaped Manito Park zoo

On Christmas 1916, a writer expressed optimism that world peace would be restored before Christmas 1917.


100 years ago outside of Spokane: Bear cub on the run from Manito Park Zoo eludes capture for third day

From our archive, 100 years ago For the third day, the escaped Manito Park Zoo bear continued to elude its captors – and had a close call with a shotgun-wielding …


100 years in Spokane: Escaped bear cub from Manito Park Zoo eludes posse of trackers

From our archive, 100 years ago The young bear who escaped from Manito Park Zoo led a posse of trackers and pack of dogs on a merry chase along Hangman …


100 years ago in Spokane: Bear cub escapes from Manito Park Zoo

From our archives, 100 years ago A woman living near 21st Avenue and Bernard Street heard a scratching at her front door.