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  • Paddleboard craze afloat on the Spokane River

    Stand up paddleboarding is the new water sport craze on the Spokane River and other Inland Northwest waterways. A handful of companies offer instructions and equipment rentals.


  • Riverfront Park project on track for success

    Recently, articles in this newspaper and other publications have raised legitimate questions about the progress of the redevelopment of Riverfront Park following the voters’ approval of a $64.3 million bond …


  • City ramps up security at Manito Park

    Security guards now are patrolling Manito Park in response to a rash of property crimes, underage drinking and complaints from neighbors.


  • City begins demolishing Under the Freeway skate park

    A backhoe tore down the ramps and rails of Spokane’s Under the Freeway skate park Monday morning, marking the end of the popular-yet-troubled skating destination near Lewis and Clark High …


  • Spokane looks to build new skate park to replace crime-ridden location

    Spokane’s Under the Freeway skate park is all pavement and out of the way. That’s why it’s perfect for skaters, who like all the hard ramps and walls, a half-acre …


  • Council gets head start on its funding request

    The Spokane Valley City Council debated Tuesday which capital project it should seek funding for from the state Legislature in 2015. The two contenders are the expansion of Balfour Park …


  • City Council approves parks department restructuring

    More managers in the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department will be subject to hiring and firing outside of the city’s civil service system. In a restructuring approved Monday night, the …


  • State parks’ pass is on ice for weekend, so you’re free to frolic

    Washington State Parks began charging for access last year after millions of dollars in budget cuts, but access is free this weekend. “I think it’s perfect,” said Amanda Haan, who …


  • Restrictions on car shows explained by parks director

    Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Director Mike Stone spent time at Tuesday’s City Council meeting detailing how his department handles car shows in city parks after some car clubs complained …


  • Spokane parks upgrades include new cost

    It seemed like a monumental task. But Spokane park leaders have built everything they promised and more with the $43 million park bond voters approved less than four years ago. …


  • McEuen Field makeover OK’d

    The Coeur d’Alene City Council on Tuesday voted 5-1 to move forward on a plan to dramatically update its aging downtown park, McEuen Field, despite extensive opposition, mostly to removing …


  • CdA Council approves McEuen plan

    The Coeur d’Alene City Council on Tuesday voted 5-1 to move forward on a plan to dramatically update its aging downtown park, McEuen Field, despite extensive opposition, mostly to removing …


  • McEuen remake could cost $40 million

    A dramatic remake of McEuen Field, Coeur d’Alene’s aging waterfront park, will cost somewhere between $23 million and $40 million, according to cost estimates released Thursday by a design team. …


  • Parks giving kids of every ability level a chance to play

    The Discovery Playground in Spokane Valley offers something for children of all abilities. The paths – made of grass, concrete or wood chips – all are accessible for wheelchairs. There …


  • Days in the sunshine

    Business is booming at Spokane Valley day camps, with camps run by Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley running at maximum capacity. This is the first year that Liberty Lake’s day …


  • Dog park has home

    Spokane parks officials and animal welfare advocates have apparently reached a milestone in their long walk to find a suitable place in the city for a dog park. A section …


  • Witter redesign plan ready

    A newly designed swimming pool to replace the existing Witter Pool at the current site over the next year will serve as Spokane’s only outdoor competition pool with 50-meter lap …


  • A designer bloom for Lilac City

    The “Spokane” lilac is being planted in city parks this spring as part of a multiyear effort to get it growing widely in the community. A cultivar of the common …


  • Parks wants ideas on water spray features

    Spokane parks officials are asking citizens for help in planning new pool and park facilities under a $42.9 million bond issue approved last fall. A series of neighborhood meetings got …


  • Grant provides for work at Japanese Garden

    Excess growth in Spokane’s Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden is being removed this winter under a $35,000 grant from the Friends of Manito organization. The project on the west side of …


  • Sprinkler systems to be installed at Minnehaha Park

    Spokane parks irrigation specialists are taking on another sprinkler installation at Minnehaha Park during the off-season this fall and winter. The city Parks and Recreation Department has been using in-house …


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