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UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 10:22 p.m.

Vietnam veterans open national convention with wreath-laying ceremony at Riverfront Park

More than 700 Vietnam-era veterans are in Spokane this week for the Vietnam Veterans of America’s 19th biennial convention, but only a couple hundred made it up the hill for …


Here’s how to get your name on a piece of Riverfront Park, including Looff Carrousel animals

The Spokane Parks Foundation will recognize Riverfront Park campaign benefactors by awarding naming rights and putting plaques with donor names on some of its new features. The foundation launched the …


West Central residents upset with use of neighborhood funds on Riverfront Park bridge

West Central neighborhood leaders are accusing city officials of raiding funds meant for neighborhood renewal for Riverfront Park.


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

Witnesses say Hoopfest kidnapping suspect yelled ‘Amber Alert’ as he grabbed child

A man accused of trying to kidnap an 11-year-old child during Hoopfest on Sunday was yelling “Amber Alert! Amber Alert!” court records say.


UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019, 8:18 p.m.

Crowd intervenes in alleged kidnapping attempt at Hoopfest

Police say a man tried to kidnap a child from Riverfront Park during Hoopfest on Sunday, but after the crowd noticed the child’s mother screaming, several people intervened.


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

MultiCare’s $1 million gift to Hoopfest to fund new basketball courts in Riverfront Park

A $1 million donation from MultiCare to Hoopfest is expected to fund the construction of two and a half basketball courts in Riverfront Park near the north bank of the …


Riverfront Park becomes “destination” with newly opened promenade

Central Promenade brings connections and people to Riverfront Park after the path’s official unveiling.


Ice age-themed playground downtown may bring back ‘dinosaur bone’

The great ice age floods that shaped the Inland Northwest also are shaping the new playground in the North Bank of Riverfront Park.


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 8:06 p.m.

Free fireworks concert returns to Riverfront Park on July 28

After a two-year absence, a free concert with fireworks is returning to Riverfront Park.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 10:15 a.m.

Riverfront Park playground to prioritize accessibility

A playground focused on accessibility for disabled children is set to be built near the upper Spokane Falls in Riverfront Park. Early project plans and designs were presented June 12 …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Outdoor movies will return to Riverfront Park this summer with free film series

A little more than a month after an event organizer pulled out of an outdoor movie series that had been hosted in the downtown park since 2013, park officials said …


City closes Post Street bridge to motor vehicles after structural analysis; bikes and pedestrians OK

The city of Spokane on Friday closed the Post Street bridge to all motor vehicles, citing a structural analysis which found the aging span can’t safely hold that much weight. …


Man who collapsed, died at Riverfront Park ID’d

Spokane County Medical Examiners identified a man who collapsed and died at Riverfront Park on Tuesday as Jeffrey D. Sausser, 47.


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Man dies in Riverfront Park

A man died in Riverfront Park on Tuesday afternoon, apparently of natural causes.


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 4:39 p.m.

North suspension bridge in Riverfront Park closes

After years of deterioration, the city is closing the North Suspension Bridge in Riverfront Park until it’s concrete deck can be repaired or replaced.


Riverfront Park outdoor summer movies will not take place in 2019, event promoter says

The Western Washington-based company that had been organizing the outdoor movie series in Riverfront Park since 2013 cited long travel times and the “transitions” in the downtown park as the …


Riverfront Park promenade to open this summer

Park visitors will be able to discover the redesigned Riverfront Park promenade this summer, which includes more views of the river, a more open park and a fresh take on …


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Spokane River’s story one of geology, settlement

Timeline from the “The Spokane River Story” in The Spokesman-Review in 1991.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Park board wants to sell unused land; opponents say it can’t

After last-minute outcry from conservation groups, the Spokane Park Board deferred a proposal which would have allowed them to sell surplus park land without a vote of the people.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Park Board approves cost increases for U.S. Pavilion, promenade in Riverfront Park

Another $634,000 was approved for construction of the new pavilion building and surrounding grounds Thursday, as the attraction inches closer to a planned fall opening. Park officials say the now …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 10:56 p.m.

Spokane Parks approve first naming sponsorship agreement for Numerica Ice Ribbon and SkyRide

Riverfront Park’s biggest attractions will now be known as the Numerica Skate Ribbon and SkyRide after the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department approved their first title sponsorship agreement, which will …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

Then and Now: Thinking ahead of Expo ’74, U.S. Pavilion takes shape

Even before the world’s fair, Expo ’74, closed down, the city of Spokane was embroiled in discussions of what to do with the 100-acre site. There was a strong movement …


Then and Now: Spokane Steam Laundry

The plentiful flow of the Spokane River gave the first settlers, S.R. Scranton and J.J. Downing, the idea to build a simple sawmill as early as 1871. Another early settler, …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

Anti-abortion supporters march though downtown Spokane

About 400 people came to support the anti-abortion cause, hear speeches and march through the streets of downtown Spokane on Saturday.


Then and Now: Ford pavilion at Expo ’74

The first corporate exhibitor to sign on for Expo ’74 was Ford Motor Co. The commitment was made in January of 1973, just 17 months before the opening ceremonies in …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 4:46 p.m.

Spokane’s New Year’s fireworks display moving to 9 p.m.; First Night hopes to make comeback

Celebrate New Year’s at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at Riverfront Park. The earlier time is meant to coincide with park activities, not necessarily New Year’s in New York.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Spokane’s ‘Bush elm’ had a difficult life

The answer to the question: What happened to the elm tree President George H.W. Bush and then-Speaker Tom Foley planted in Riverfront Park in 1989?


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Ice ribbon opens for its second year

Spokane’s Skate Ribbon opened this morning at Riverfront Park, marking the start of its second year.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Skate Ribbon opens on Saturday for its second winter

Spokane’s Skate Ribbon is slated to open Saturday


Then and Now: Union Station

Historian Robert Hyslop, in his book “Spokane Building Blocks,” explains why Spokane’s Union Station, shown under construction in 1913, was called a station and not a depot. There had already …