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Riverfront Park art piece gets Park Board approval

The nearly unanimous panel voted Thursday afternoon to begin design and construction of “Step Well,” a public art piece designed by Boston-based artist and architect J. Meejin Yoon. The final …


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 3:26 p.m.

Early review is in: ‘The ribbon skates beautifully’

As a five-season roller derby veteran, I’m giving the Riverfront Park skate ribbon my seal of approval.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Trade those blades for wheels: Skating ribbon opens for roller skaters in Riverfront Park

The ice is gone, but skaters are still welcome at Riverfront Park’s skating ribbon, which opened Monday for roller skaters, scooter enthusiasts and skateboarders.


Design of signature art for revitalized Riverfront Park set for vote

The full Spokane Park Board will vote later this month on a design and location for “Step Well,” architect and artist J. Meejin Yoon’s sculpture for Riverfront Park. The MIT …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 3:32 p.m.

Beavers chewing up trees at water’s edge along Riverfront Park

If you’ve walked along the Centennial Trail in the past several months, it’s likely you’ve seen efforts by humans to stem the tide of voracious beavers. They’re eating trees they …


Parks department receives permits for Riverfront Park promenade construction

The city of Spokane’s parks department was issued $3.8 million in permits to begin work remaking Riverfront Park’s central promenade.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Spokane’s pedestrian bridges deemed safe amid tragedy in Miami

Spokane’s numerous pedestrian bridges are not at risk of collapse, according to officials at the Washington state Department of Transportation and city of Spokane.


Ice ribbon closed for the winter after ammonia leak repairs

Park officials said Tuesday they’re pivoting to spring activities due to the warming temperatures. That includes reopening of the SkyRide chairlift attraction, rollerskating on the cement ribbon and the return …


City Parks Department says Ice Ribbon has been repaired

The city announced Sunday that after a series of tests and repairs, the Spokane Ice Ribbon is ready for a new sheet of ice.


Shawn Vestal: Coincidence gave flight to Expo butterflies

In fall 1973, Eric Grohe was a young graphic artist working in New York City when he returned home for a visit to Seattle. “I ran into Brent Blake, literally …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 4:57 p.m.

Skating ribbon could reopen in early March with new parts, city says

The attractions has been closed since an ammonia leak was discovered Feb. 3.


Riverfront Park exploring corporate sponsorships as part of redevelopment

Brett Sports & Entertainment of Spokane is accepting inquiries now from organizations and individuals interested in getting their name on a piece of the redeveloped park. The skating ribbon is …


Looff Carrousel building takes shape in Riverfront Park, as Pavilion structures come down

The new home of the 109-year-old attraction is scheduled to open later this spring in time for Bloomsday, park planners said during a tour of the site Thursday. The building …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Mayor David Condon puts focus on river, city’s kindness in State of City address

Approaching his final two years in office, Mayor David Condon said the focus of his administration would be on re-establishing the Spokane River as the centerpiece of the city’s economic …


Mayor David Condon sets sights on major downtown work in final two years in office

Before the end of his second term, the mayor said there will be major steps taken toward a downtown prep sports complex, part of a blueprint for his final two …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

Skating ribbon to close for up to three weeks after ammonia leak

Cracks in a custom-made piece of equipment used in the ice-making process at the city’s new ice ribbon in Riverfront Park caused a gas leak Saturday night. The city will …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

Ammonia leak closes Riverfront Park’s skating ribbon for the weekend

An ammonia leak was detected at the skating ribbon on Saturday afternoon, and the city’s Parks Department decided to shutter the attraction throughout the rest of the weekend as a …


City may allow bigger shadows on Riverfront Park in effort to boost high-rise development

Downtown Spokane is vibrating with development. The rumble of jackhammers at The M. The growl of earth movers in Riverfront Park. The hum of pavers around road construction. Look down …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

Riverfront Park Imax demolition ‘like a big dinosaur eating the building’

The giant, mechanical jaw of a yellow excavator went right for the “I” in “IMAX” Monday afternoon, marking the start of a slow death for the 40-year-old theater in Spokane’s …


Imax demolition fast-tracked to start Monday

Paint it green and yellow, and it could be a twin to the Shadle water tower. Squint and maybe it’s a cousin to R2-D2. Or, if you like, it’s just …


Riverfront skating ribbon death is first on city-owned ice in Spokane

The feature’s change in elevation isn’t unique to Spokane, according to the designer. The city is still conducting a review into what led to a 63-year-old woman, described by family …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

Woman who fell at Spokane Skate Ribbon Friday dies

Lorae Sims died doing what she loved. Growing up in a small town in central Saskatchewan Province in Canada, her brother Arley Roemer said being able to navigate the ice …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

UPDATE: Woman injured on ice ribbon is in critical condition, not dead, city now says

The city Parks and Recreation Department has issued a correction and apology after confirming that the woman who was injured in a fall at Riverfront Park’s new ice ribbon, who …


Demolition of Riverfront Park’s Imax building expected in March

Permits for the demolition of the Imax building and the roof over the ice rink were reissued last week by the city of Spokane, signaling that work on the redevelopment …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 6:43 p.m.

City says woman injured on ice ribbon in critical condition, not dead

A skater at Riverfront Park’s new ice ribbon who fell Friday later died from their injuries, according to Spokane Parks and Recreation.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Hundreds turn out for anti-abortion march in downtown Spokane

Love – for life, for babies – was the most common motto for the hundreds of pro-life marchers who descended upon downtown Spokane Saturday morning for the annual Walk for …


Demolition of Riverfront Park’s Imax building expected in March

Permits for the demolition of the Imax building and the roof over the ice rink were reissued last week by the city of Spokane, signaling that work on the redevelopment …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Spokane’s ice ribbon ties up successful first month, exceeds attendance goal for entire season

With school out for winter break, families on vacation and kids tired of being cooped up inside, the Riverfront Park’s ice ribbon has already exceeded its attendance goal for its …


A year in review: 14 big stories of 2017

No quick list could adequately sum up the awesome, horrifying, beautiful and frustrating events of 2017. But some stories stand out for their scale and impact on the city, the …


Editorial: Ice ribbon a slick addition to downtown

At night, the ribbon is ablaze with colorful lights, adding to the festive atmosphere of the holiday in downtown Spokane.