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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 …


Then and Now: Washington Street Bridge

Early bridges across the various channels of the Spokane River were made of wood, then steel and, eventually, concrete or stone. And when the Great Northern Railroad depot opened on …


Then and Now: Union Station trestle

The 1894 Spokane City Hall at Howard and Front streets symbolized the optimism and grand dreams of a railroad boomtown.


New ‘pedal cart’ rentals appear in Riverfront Park

Pedal carts are now available for rent at Riverfront Park.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 8:08 p.m.

City names conservation area after former City Parks Director

Family, friends and colleagues of the late Spokane Parks Director Bill Fearn gathered in Riverfront Park Monday to remember his legacy by setting aside a portion of the park as …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 6:19 p.m.

Pathway closes in Riverfront Park for winter work on future site of Centennial Trail

Construction crews will shut down next week the span of pathway leading from the Howard Street bridge through the Lilac Bowl to the Spokane Convention Center as work continues on …


BoDeans, Dishwalla, Kid ‘n Play headline Pig Out in the Park

For a complete list of performers, visit www.spokanepigout.com.


Pig Out in the Park entertainment lineup as diverse as its food offerings

Pig Out in the Park runs Wednesday through Sept. 3 at Riverfront Park.


School starts for most kids next week – here’s what to know for the transition

On a warm Wednesday afternoon at Riverfront Park, parents were soaking in the sun while their children were getting soaked in the Rotary Fountain. Just feet away at the Looff …


Gathering at the Falls Powwow unites tribes

The powwow will be held in Riverfront Park from Friday through Sunday.


Gleason Fest welcomes Blind Pilot, Joseph, Shook Twins, more to Riverfront Park

Deep Sea Diver and Electric Son will also perform at the festival, which benefits ALS awareness.


Then and Now: Havermale Island

Havermale Island, in the middle of the Spokane River, makes up much of the area of today’s Riverfront Park. For early settlers, it was an important site and refuge.


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

City Council rejects plan for downtown Spokane sports stadium; mayor calls vote ‘disappointing’

The Spokane City Council rejected an ambitious effort led by the mayor to build a downtown sports stadium in partnership with Spokane Public Schools.


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Spokane City Council approves millions of dollars in reserve funds for housing, street and downtown projects

About $30 million was moved from reserve accounts for specific projects planned in the final two years of Mayor David Condon’s term, which includes a city investment in the new …


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

Spokane Park Board votes to revisit amusement rides in Riverfront Park

The request doesn’t include refurbishing the rides that once were housed in the old U.S. Pavilion, but to determine if the Parks Department should buy new rides and put them …


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 5:02 p.m.

The countdown is on: One month until Gleason Fest

Blind Pilot, Joseph, Deep Sea Divers, Shook Twins and Electric Son will perform Aug. 11.


Utility bills will pay for Howard Street bridge construction in Riverfront Park

The city had originally intended to use utility dollars to replace the so-called “Blue Bridge” in Riverfront Park, but that replacement was determined not to be needed. Instead, green bond …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 8:50 p.m.

Battle lines being drawn over idea to move Vietnam memorial from Riverfront Park

A statue of a Vietnam veteran holding a letter from home has sat in Riverfront Park for 33 years. Etched on his face is a longing look as he gazes …


Behind the sparks: How Spokane gets its Fourth of July fireworks

For spectators at this year’s July Fourth fireworks show at Riverfront Park, little more is required than to just show up. But for Dale Cyr