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  • Free swim passes available through Spokane Parks Foundation

    With temperatures reaching into the 90s this week, qualifying families can find relief from the record-breaking heat through Make a Splash in a Kid’s Life free swim pass handouts along …


  • Little League field, more planned at parks surrounding public pools

    The Spokane County Parks Department will begin construction this summer at the Southside Aquatics Center, and secured funds for the northside pool, to add ball fields, paved paths and landscaping …


  • Health district campaign promotes pool safety

    The Spokane Regional Health District is preaching pool safety this summer, tackling both drowning and recreational water illnesses with its Pool Safe campaign. “We want to make sure that the …


  • Beat the heat with Valley’s free pool day

    Spokane Valley is celebrating the start of swimming season with free admission to the city’s pools Saturday. The city is hoping people take advantage of the free swim day to …


  • Popular cabins at Liberty Lake boost County Parks’ revenues

    A long, hot summer and a pair of popular cabins on the banks of Liberty Lake were a boon to Spokane County’s Parks Department this year, as aquatics revenues hit …


  • Swimmers flock to city pools to celebrate closing week

    The six-member Liljenquist clan arrived at Shadle Aquatic Center a half-hour before open swim began Monday afternoon, anticipating the crowds for a day of free swimming. As his older siblings …


  • Column: Readers remember hitting the pool in their birthday suits

    The nude swimming item in last week’s Boomer U urban legends story generated several emails and phone calls from older men who confirmed that, indeed, boys throughout the 1940s, 1950s …


  • Retirement communities boost attractiveness with aquatics facilities

    The parents of baby boomers grew up swimming in pools built in the 1920s and 1930s by city leaders worried that young people would drown in nearby lakes and rivers …


  • Help everyone get in the pool with donation

    The pools are open, but a lot of kids aren’t swimming. The Spokane Parks Foundation’s Make A Splash in a Kid’s Life campaign gave out 210 pool passes in 45 …


  • Lessons go swimmingly for children of all ages

    On the list of things you can do to help protect your children from some of life’s dangers, teaching them to swim is perhaps the easiest. And in the Spokane …


  • Pool hours cut under 2013 Spokane parks budget

    Pool hours would shrink, senior and youth center funding would be cut and about four city employees would lose their jobs under a proposed Spokane parks budget for 2013.


  • Group aims to keep parks, pools vibrant

    The Spokane Parks Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and has taken on a new project to keep money flowing to parks throughout the Spokane area. The organization …


  • Group aims to keep parks, pools vibrant

    The Spokane Parks Foundation is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and has taken on a new project to keep money flowing to parks throughout the Spokane area. The organization …


  • County lowers pool fees

    Spokane County’s Northside and Southside aquatic centers will start their seasons Friday with 33 percent lower prices. Admission will drop from $6 to $4 for users 6 and older, from …


  • Pools get ready to open; Splash Down starts today

    Everyone grab your swimsuits and towels. The Spokane Valley pools are opening for business this week. All three city of Spokane Valley pools – Terrace View, Park Road and Valley …


  • County parks chief urges pool closure

    Spokane County’s Holmberg swimming pool would close indefinitely under a plan presented to commissioners Tuesday. Parks Director Doug Chase said Holmberg pool, at 9615 N. Wall St., was little-used this …


  • Fundraising group offering free swim passes

    This was the first summer that children had to pay to go swimming in city pools. Anticipating the hardship that would create for some families, the Spokane Parks Foundation created …


  • Economics shouldn’t jeopardize kids’ safety in the water

    The reminders come every year, sometimes as tragedy, sometimes as relief. A child drowns, or almost does. Last week, there were two near misses – a 3-year-old girl at Witter …


  • Near drownings reported in Coeur d’Alene, Spokane

    Two young children were saved from drowning by witnesses in separate incidents in the Inland Northwest on Friday.


  • Spokane pools closed again today

    The city has closed its pools today because of cooler temperatures and precipitation.


  • Spokane aquatic centers closed today

    The city has closed its pools today because of cooler temperatures and precipitation.


  • Spokane pools opening

    Now that most students are out of class for the summer, City of Spokane pools will open for business beginning today. Open swim hours for all pools except the Witter …


  • Tears flow at final pool dedication

    The city of Spokane dedicated its sixth – and final – new pool Wednesday at Liberty Park. The skies were cloudy and threatening, but Hanna Franchino was ecstatic, remembering a …


  • Working together

    The city of Spokane Valley is working with neighboring cities to expand its class offerings this spring and summer as the Parks and Recreation Department tries to get the most …


  • Hillyard and Comstock pools opening at noon

    Two new Spokane swimming pools – Hillyard and Comstock – are set to open for public swimming at noon today.


  • Cool pools are hot ticket

    Shadle Park’s new swimming pool – with its multiple slides, diving board and beach-like entry – is attracting capacity crowds with long lines and sometimes long waits to get inside. …


  • Experts offer advice on keeping kids safe this summer

    It’s summertime, at last. Inland Northwest pools, water parks and playgrounds are open. Pools and parks are busier than ever this year, thanks to economy-induced “staycations” and the opening of …


  • New city pools ready for their debut

    As a kid, James Browning was disappointed he couldn’t use the broken slide at Spokane’s Witter Pool. More than a decade later, when he was a lifeguard, he heard constant …


  • Park board approves discount pool passes

    Two weeks after its controversial decision to start charging kids to swim, the Spokane Park Board approved discount passes that will make charges cheaper for frequent pool users. Kids ages …


  • Kids must pay to play in pools

    Spokane’s long history of free swimming for kids is over. The Spokane Park Board on Thursday voted to impose a fee of $1 a visit on swimmers younger than 18, …

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