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Saturday’s highlights

“It's challenging,” said Nancy Beam, 13, of Rathdrum, as she played her violin during Otis Orchards Strings Camp on Tuesday. SR photo/Kathy Plonka

It looks like we're in for another stretch of hot weather this week. While we mentally prepare, let's take a look at some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Correspondent Steve Christilaw has a story on the Otis Orchards Strings Camp hosted every year by Adagio Strings. The camp brings together musicians of all ages.

The Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department is having a busy summer. They're offering their annual free summer park program at Terrace View Park, Valley Mission Park and Greenacres Park. There are free activities for kids Mondays through Thursdays and Terrace View and Valley Mission also offer free meals for kids 18 and under. Reporter Lisa Leinberger also has a story on swim lessons offered at the Terrace View Pool, Park Road Pool and Valley Mission Pool.

The city of Spokane Valley is pushing forward with a variety of road construction projects, but a couple of projects have been postponed for various issues.  

The future of Spokane Valley parks

If you missed the last public meeting on Spokane Valley's update of its Parks and Recreation Master Plan, you have one more chance. A meeting is scheuled from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. You'll be asked to give input on what amenities should be added to current parks and where future parks should be located. If you have a yearning for a skate park or a dog park, now is the time to give the city your two cents. For more information on the master plan update, call (509) 720-5401.

Park planning meeting

A farm- themed play structure and a splash pad grace Greenacres Park. SR file photo.

The Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a public meeting tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, to talk about updates to its Parks and Recreation Master Plan. People are invited to come and give their input on what new parks or new elements they would like to see. This is your chance to make a pitch for a dog park, an Olympic sized swimming pool or whatever else you think is needed.  

Reserve city parks on Tuesday

If you really, really want to have an event in a Spokane Valley park on a specific date, get your pencil ready. The Parks and Recreation Department will start accepting park facility reservations for 2012 on a first come, first served basis at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. You have to fill out an application form and submit it, along with the fee, by mail or in person at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. The fees vary depending on what facility you are reserving and for how long. Call the Parks Department at (509) 688-0300 for more information.

City on ducks: Let ‘em get their own food

For the umpteenth time, the City of Spokane’s Parks Department has a message for walkers and loungers at Manito Park.

Don’t feed the freaking ducks. Or the geese either, for that matter.

The city’s been trying to get folks to stop feeding the ducks for several years. The bread that is the most common food people bring to the park isn’t good for them, the ducks get fat on empty calories, they don’t get enough exercise and they foul the pond water.

But then, you’ve heard that all before. And YOU are probably not doing it. So the next time you’re at Manito Park and see SOMEONE ELSE feeding the ducks, feel free to read them the riot act.

Or maybe just point to one of the signs that say don’t feed the ducks.