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  • Unenforced tobacco ban in Spokane parks remains, for now

    A two-week-old ban on tobacco products in Spokane parks will remain in place as officials reconsider the prohibition. The Spokane Park Board, which voted unanimously last month to impose 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.


  • Board inks contract for Albi redesign

    After more than a decade of planning and negotiations, the Spokane Park Board finalized a contract this week that will redevelop and enlarge a park near Joe Albi Stadium. Construction …


  • Pools’ splashy opening slowed

    Spokane’s aggressive construction schedule for its new pools, coupled with record December snowfall, will leave the city without public outdoor pools for much, if not most, of the summer. The …


  • Our View: ‘Autopilot’ no excuse for Park Board secrecy

    If public officials could be counted on to do their work in plain sight, it wouldn’t have taken a citizen-written initiative to pry open the doors and shutters of government …


  • Park Board meets behind closed doors

    The Spokane Park Board may have violated a public accountability law this week when it met behind closed doors to discuss how it will pay for the downtown YMCA. At …


  • Board delays decision on park smoking ban

    A decision on whether to ban smoking in Spokane parks has been delayed for more review. The Spokane Park Board had been scheduled to consider the proposal Thursday, but the …


  • Officials float pool fee proposal

    Like fluoride in the water and potholes in the streets, the very idea of charging admission at Spokane’s public pools keeps making waves. There’s been just one year since Spokane …


  • Low bid for new pools leaves funds for extras

    Spokane residents will get more than promised in six new pools expected to open next year. The winning bid to build the pools, from Graham Construction & Management, Inc. of …


  • Pool bid leaves funds for extras

    Spokane residents will get more than promised in six new pools expected to open next year. The winning bid to build the pools, from Graham Construction & Management, Inc. of …


  • Pavilion’s prognosis

    It’s one of the most recognizable structures in Spokane. Yet its future is unclear. As Riverfront Park celebrates its 30th anniversary today, the top of the U.S. Pavilion – the …


  • County could help buy YMCA site

    Facing the potential construction of a condo tower in Riverfront Park, the county’s park committee this week recommended the purchase of the downtown YMCA. If county commissioners agree, the use …


  • No tower in park, board says

    The president of the Spokane Park Board wants one thing to be perfectly clear: There’s no way the board will allow a developer to build a 14-story tower at the …


  • YMCA site may go condo

    A Spokane developer plans to build a $50 million, 14-story condominium tower on the YMCA property at the edge of Riverfront Park, overlooking the Spokane River. Mark Pinch, who has …

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