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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.


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 …