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Then and Now: U.S. Pavilion at Expo

Originally built in 1974, the Pavilion is facing a redesign, although the final design still being debated.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 9:38 a.m.

Parking garage, trail features head envisioned for long-vacant Bosch lot

After abandoning plans to build a climbing wall on a gravel parking lot north of the Post Street Bridge, city officials are now looking at constructing a parking garage and …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 9, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

Riverfront Park’s ice ribbon debut draws scores of skaters

As hundreds of patrons glided under the soft glow of multicolored lights, twinkling across the ice at the base of a 60-foot Christmas tree, Riley Witt couldn’t resist a comparison. …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 2:14 a.m.

For the first time in a decade, Riverfront Park tree lighting ceremony fills night with light and sound

The revival of the Spokane Grand Tree Lighting celebration went off without a hitch.


U.S. Pavilion plans with temporary shade structure, no permanent cover approved by Spokane park officials

Park planners have signed off on a $16.5 million construction plan for the new U.S. Pavilion that will include temporary overhead shading for events in the summer. Critics said their …


Shawn Vestal: Park butterflies may rise again

Kelli Johnson didn’t just attend Expo ’74 – she got the whole VIP treatment. A Greenacres fourth-grader at the time, Johnson had an uncle who was closely involved in preparations. …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 11:37 p.m.

Lead artist releases preliminary art designs for Riverfront Park

J. Meejin Yoon, who is working with a half-million-dollar budget for public art as part of Riverfront Park’s redevelopment, introduced four preliminary designs at an open house held last week. …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 11:34 p.m.

New $10 million skating ribbon to open in Riverfront Park for the holidays

The skating feature will be the first of five anchor attractions part of the redesigned Riverfront Park, scheduled to open over the next four years. The ribbon got off to …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

Imax theater demolition and other Riverfront Park construction projects about to start

The final design of the U.S. Pavilion is still undecided, but buildings around the landmark structure, including the Imax theater, will begin to come down next month.


Downtown Spokane sportsplex could be built without a voter-approved bond, officials say

A proposed sports complex on the north bank of the Spokane River could be built with funds from several different partners, including the city, the Spokane Public Facilities District and …


Then and Now: Looff Carrousel

The Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park has its origins in the craftsmanship of Charles Looff, a German woodworker who emigrated to the United States in 1870.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 10:46 p.m.

Spokane backs away from controversial climbing gym proposal adjacent to Spokane Falls

The city will withdraw its request for a hearing with a state agency about whether to transfer outdoor recreation requirements on the lot, which would have been one of the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 9:33 p.m.

Pig out in the Park offers gastronomic bonanza – and a few surprises

This is the second year that Pig Out in the Park has been held on the east end of Riverfront Park to escape the construction at the west end, but …


Pig Out in the Park: Come for the food, stay for the music

The six-day food festival features 85 concerts on three stages.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, 7:46 p.m.

Crowd celebrates diversity at 23rd annual Unity in the Community

The flags of many countries fluttered in the breeze Saturday as people gathered in Riverfront Park for the 23rd annual Unity in the Community event.


Riverfront Park redevelopment could get more City Hall involvement under proposal

In response to concerns that city leaders weren’t being kept in the loop on the work underway in the downtown attraction’s redevelopment, the Spokane Park Board, City Council and mayor’s …


U.S. Pavilion designers get extra month, $2.5 million to deliver heavily scrutinized plan

Designers of the new U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park will have another month and an extra $2.5 million to develop a plan for the heavily scrutinized centerpiece of the landmark’s …


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Initiative calling for public vote on covering Spokane park Pavilion facing likely City Council opposition

It’s a tight window, but the current Spokane City Council could put to voters the question of whether the U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park should be covered. Council members need …


Altering Spokane Park Board authority in wake of U.S. Pavilion flap would undo century of independence

City Council President Ben Stuckart said no formal proposal is on the table to alter the uniquely Spokane form of governing the park system, but concerns over early designs featuring …


UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

Riverfront Park surplus auction includes animal figures that once graced mini golf course

Resin figures of an anthropomorphic pig, mouse and rabbit once greeted visitors to the mini golf course in Riverfront Park. On Saturday, they’ll be available to the highest bidder.


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 11:34 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: City Council’s focus on climate change ignores real Spokane issues

On Monday night, the Spokane City Council will take up a topic of vital interest to every citizen. Not effective pothole repair. Not timely snow removal. Not how to pay …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

Park board again delays decision on U.S. Pavilion covering

The Spokane park board has again delayed its decision on whether to authorize an uncovered U.S. Pavilion design, citing a need to meet with City Hall officials to discuss the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Pavilion plans should have let in more sunshine

The Pavilion controversy in Spokane’s Riverfront Park has the mayor and council president suggesting that independent Park Board be brought under City Council control.


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Royal Fireworks Concert in Riverfront Park canceled this year

A funding shortfall and ongoing construction in Riverfront Park, among other issues, have forced the organizers of the 38th annual Royal Fireworks Concert to cancel the free event.


UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Riverfront Park construction crowds fireworks festivities

Many Spokane residents weren’t deterred by Riverfront Park construction and came downtown to watch the annual fireworks display.


9 projects that will transform Spokane’s city center

Spokane is in the midst of major transformations, with $800 million in public and private investment pouring into the city’s downtown and nearby neighborhoods.


Riverfront Park redesign continues a legacy of balance

Honoring the past and envisioning the future are two of the key goals decision-makers in the $64 million redesign of Riverfront Park are trying to achieve.


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

Spokane Park Board loses a member as U.S. Pavilion covering talks continue

Susan Traver has resigned from the volunteer citizen board overseeing Spokane’s park system, but Spokane Park Board President Chris Wright said she did not cite the ongoing debate about whether …


Adult Swim adds dose of fresh air to its programming with “On the Green” tour

Adult Swim, the home of shows like “The Eric Andre Show,” “Robot Chicken” and “Rick and Morty,” is adding a dose of fresh air to its programming during the “On …


Decision on whether to cover U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park delayed a month

The Spokane Park Board voted unanimously Thursday to request more information on how much re-covering the structure would cost before instructing a design team to abandon the idea.