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Spokane area pools hold open houses Saturday for free swim registration

Eager swimmers will be able to sign up Saturday at the city’s six municipally owned pools for free entry this summer, the first time everyone can get in without paying …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 11:02 p.m.

Finch Arboretum access likely planning priority: Public comment period coming up as part of developing new master plan

Making Finch Arboretum more accessible to the public from the inside out is among the ideas being considered in a new master plan being developed for the arboretum. The Spokane …


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 …


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.


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 …


Dutch Jake’s Park will get extensive renovations, though probably not its namesake’s cannons

Dutch Jake’s Park, at Broadway Avenue and Chestnut Street, is one of Spokane’s smallest parks. Opened in 1976, the unpolished lot-sized park has a reputation as being more of a …


Deal between Parks and KXLY yields a new southeast soccer field and ped path

The Spokane parks department has reached an agreement with KXLY that will improve the South Sports Complex while KXLY develops its property next door


Workers wrap up restoration of illegal bluff road as legal battle continues

A crew from Land Expressions, the Mead-based firm responsible for restoring soil and plant life along a 1.3-mile stretch of an access road carved through conservation land earlier this year, …


Then and Now: Manito’s Duncan Garden

In early Spokane, parks were primarily natural spaces used for picnics. When Parks Superintendent John W. Duncan retired in 1942, Spokane’s park system included more parks, plus features like playgrounds, …


Spokane halts golf course plans at center of South Hill road controversy, moves toward restoring bluff

The Spokane Park Board has halted First Tee’s plans to build and operate a three-hole golf course in the Latah Valley following construction of an unauthorized road last month. Avista, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Parks leader hopes to spark museum with pioneer relics stuffed in his garage

The seed of a Spokane civic museum was planted in a vacant storeroom at 827 W. Riverside. Aubrey L. White, Spokane’s well-known parks leader, had collected “various specimens and curios …


Park board approves new plan for Sky Prairie Park improvements

Five Mile Prairie residents teamed up with students and staff at Eastern Washington University to come up with a new master plan for Sky Prairie Park.


Swimmers hope to cover Spokane’s Witter Pool for year-round use

On the last day of swimming at Witter Pool earlier this month dozens of people turned out, arms flashing and feet fluttering as they swam laps up and down the …


Spokatopia offers intro to variety of muscle-powered sports

The best opportunity of the year to sample land- and water-based muscle-powered sports in one location is set for Saturday at Camp Sekani along the upper Spokane River. The second …


Army Corps requires city of Spokane to preserve Expo ’74 history in Riverfront Park

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forcing the Spokane parks department to increase preservation efforts for Expo ’74 sites in Riverfront Park


100 years ago in Spokane: Parks leader suggests folks not freak out about dandelions

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane Parks Superintendent John W. Duncan (of Duncan Gardens fame) said that one of the most common questions he received this time of year …


Riverfront Park gets new leader as renovations begin

Jon Moog was named director of Riverfront Park last week in a unanimous vote by the Spokane City Council. Moog, a Navy veteran who worked for the city of San …


City parks spokeswoman will have to reapply to keep job

The parks department will advertise the communications job currently held by former police spokeswoman Monique Cotton, opening it up to outside applicants.


Manito’s Rose Hill gets new gazebo

Work on an octagonal gazebo is nearly complete on Rose Hill at Manito Park. The $60,000 structure was a gift from the Friends of Manito. It’s located near the dahlia …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A group of Eastern park superintendents stopped in Spokane to tour the city’s park system, and their verdict was that Spokane had vast park …


Parks part of single-listing proposal for landmarks panel

The Spokane City/County Historic Landmarks Commission is going to get a look next week at an unusual historic register proposal that would combine multiple Spokane city parks into a single …


Breast-feeding dispute leads to ‘nurse-in’ at Spokane pool

A local mother staged a “nurse-in” for breast-feeding mothers at the Liberty pool Friday after she said an employee at the same pool asked her and her friends to go …


Spokatopia aims to get people outside for fun activities

Hari Heath sat beneath a pine tree on the shores of the Spokane River watching over a gleaming handcrafted wooden canoe. Curious people stopped and admired the sleek-looking boat, which …


Trail opportunities will be revealed on ‘Opening Day’

While “hitting the trail” is a year-round activity for hikers, runners and cyclists, Saturday has been dubbed “Opening Day.” Spokane area groups are riding the coattails of a national event …


Spokane River access ramp sought

Spokane parks officials today will ask the city’s hearing examiner to approve a shoreline permit for a new access ramp for kayaks and small nonmotorized craft along the Centennial Trail …


Schools to parks: Conley takes on new city position

Jason Conley is swapping yellow school buses for emerald green parks. Starting next month, Conley will begin his job as executive officer of Spokane’s Parks and Recreation department. The role …


Landers: Convention Center project affects trail, boat access

Tree-lovers, Centennial Trail users and Spokane River paddlers will be the first to notice if preliminary construction for the $55 million Spokane Convention Center Completion Project begins as scheduled next …


Mountain bikers try to stay their course on Beacon Hill

Downhill mountain bikers in Spokane have been on a decade-long roller coaster of mostly uphill battles in carving their signature into Beacon Hill. The latest challenges include private development plans …


Neighbors step in to raise natural profile Palisades Park

Palisades Park – despite its trails, wildlife, wildflowers, waterfall and romantic views overlooking Spokane – had become a creepy eyesore of neglect until neighbors took charge. After years of cleanups …


Local trail angels: Vic and Robbi Castleberry

Vic and Robbi Castleberry have been stalwarts of Spokane land and river conservation for a half a century. Perhaps none of their causes stands so tall for the public as …