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Council shifting on future of Y site

Support appears to have grown on the Spokane City Council to bring open space to the site of the downtown YMCA. A slight majority said this week that they lean …


Spokane council members not keen on YMCA options

Spokane City Council members are poised to reject Spokane County’s offer to buy the vacant Riverfront Park YMCA, a decision that could force the city to sell parkland or raise …


Incoming parks director talks about what he sees ahead for Spokane

The Spokane City Council is scheduled tonight to appoint Leroy Eadie, the city’s former planning director, to head the city’s parks system. Eadie has been acting parks director since October. …


Historic merit up for debate

A new battle over the former YMCA pits the building’s history against the natural and cultural history of the island on which it sits and the adjacent Spokane Falls. In …


Deadlines near on YMCA’s fate

Almost a half-century after David Rodgers turned a shovel of dirt to commemorate construction of a new downtown YMCA, he considers the decision to build the Y along the shore …


Little-known stream could become new park water feature

The YMCA sits near a river channel. What’s less known is that a stream flows through the building. The creek, which is a foot deep or more and changes in …


Interactive timeline of Spokane’s old YMCA

A timeline of major events in the development of the downtown Spokane YMCA.


Yake, 90, helped reshape Spokane

The retired Spokane administrator who led the city’s engineering effort that transformed the industrialized, decaying core surrounding the Spokane Falls into a park that became the region’s central gathering spot …


City seeks plans for Y site

The city of Spokane wants to hear developers’ ideas for re-making the former YMCA building in Riverfront Park into some combination of retail, office and residential space. The city on …


City seeking YMCA redevelopment proposals

The City of Spokane is asking for proposals to redevelop the former YMCA building in Riverfront Park, with potential uses as retail, office or residential space.


Science center won’t be in Riverfront Park

Organizers have pulled the plug on negotiations to develop a science center in Riverfront Park, and will look to identify a new location for the project by early next year. …


Mobius, city of Spokane part ways

Organizers have pulled the plug on a much-debated proposal to build a science center in Riverfront Park, and say they hope to find a new location for a scaled-back version …


With caveat, city takes county money for Y

Most members of the Spokane City Council on Monday spoke in favor of transforming a building on an acre surrounded by Riverfront Park into apartments and commercial space. But facing …


City Council faces deadline on $4.3 million for YMCA

The $4.3 million question facing city leaders Monday isn’t whether to buy the old downtown YMCA. They purchased the 43-year-old building months ago.


For some, holiday is best spent on ice

Ice skating at Riverfront Park on Thanksgiving has been a tradition for Jenni Danley’s family. “This or skiing,” the Spokane native said. Her 5-year-old daughter, Emma, helped choose this year. …


Annual wreath-laying holds value for vet’s generation, others

Phil White paused recently at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Riverfront Park, gesturing to the names of the fallen beginning with “W.” “Here, but for the grace of God, am …


Raze the Y, study says

A $17,000 study about the future of the former downtown YMCA has come to the same conclusion reached by the Spokane Park Board: The structure will become a strain on …


Appetite for Pig Out has grown over years

If this were a marriage, it would be the pearl anniversary. But when it comes to the 30-year love affair between Spokane and Pig Out in the Park, the appropriate …


Community comes together

It was just warm enough Saturday afternoon for kids to cool off in the giant fountain at Riverfront Park. The day-long Unity in the Community celebration, however, closed out with …


Park Board OKs new contract with Mobius

The Spokane Park Board approved a 50-year contract Thursday with a group trying to put a science center on the north edge of Riverfront Park.


Blast from the past

The Royal Fireworks Festival and Concert has been a Spokane cultural institution for 31 years. Somehow, it seems like 260.


Weekend events celebrate Looff Carrousel

Two events this weekend at Riverfront Park will celebrate the centennial of Spokane’s Looff Carrousel.


Pillar in park reveals story about heritage

No matter where you go throughout Spokane, you’re likely to come across a sculpture by Sister Paula Mary Turnbull – from a garbage-eating goat at Riverfront Park to a Sasquatch …


A first impression of Spokane can last a lifetime

Imagine for a moment that you are a newcomer to Spokane, a visitor, and you find yourself in Riverfront Park at exactly this time of year. You hear a roar, …


YMCA purchase deadline extended

The Spokane City Council has an extra month to decide if it will buy the YMCA. The Spokane Park Board put a $1 million down payment on the Y in …


Council votes for a study of Y buy

The Spokane City Council wants to study whether buying the YMCA building in Riverfront Park with Conservation Futures funds is the “highest and best use” of that money for the …


Board will revote on smoking ban

The Spokane Park Board has banned smoking in city parks. Sort of. It might change its mind next Thursday after a public hearing. But don’t count on it.


City parks smoking ban holds but hearing planned

The Spokane Park Board has banned smoking in city parks. Sort of. It might change its mind next Thursday after a public hearing. But don’t count on it.


Y funding plan gaining city support

A deal that would pay off the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department’s $4.3 million obligation to finish buying the downtown YMCA appears to have the City Council support it needs …


County to cover YMCA tab

The Spokane County Commission agreed to pay $4.3 million to ensure a condo tower won’t be built on the site of the YMCA in downtown Spokane’s Riverfront Park. In a …