The intersection of Mission Avenue and Hamilton Street frustrates drivers to no end, especially those trying to turn left, but advocates for those with disabilities are calling for changes to protect pedestrians. Recent repaving work has helped, but pedestrians just aren’t given enough time to cross the intersection in either direction, said Ed Kennedy, the independent living adviser at the Coalition of Responsible Disabled.
Local businesses are rolling out the pink carpet Saturday for area women during the fourth annual Girls Day Out event. Antique stores, specialty shops, book stores, coffee shops and other businesses in three neighborhoods are participating in the daylong event.
Muppy surveyed the room, shook his fur and marched inside to graciously accept hugs, squeezes and strokes from the seniors eager to visit with him last week at East Central Community Center’s senior center. “You’ve got white hair and so do I,” Fran Ellis said as she gave Muppy a pat.
Spokane drivers are enjoying that blissful – and too short – period between the completion of the season’s street construction projects and the appearance of snow. Major construction bogged down drivers across the city, especially the North Side. Most would say smoother streets are worth the price.
A group of neighbors, environmentally minded children and a woman memorializing her daughter will join together Saturday morning to plant trees and shrubs, beautifying a South Hill median and building community. The project on 35th Avenue between Freya and Rebecca streets is the brainchild of Marilyn Lloyd, who has lived along the street for more than 40 years.
Spokane’s neighborhood organizers are now calling on a new city liaison for help with traffic-safety projects, neighborhood cleanups, crime prevention and other activities. The Spokane City Council last week confirmed Mayor Mary Verner’s appointment of Jonathan Mallahan to the post of Neighborhood Services director.
Five new Spokane park splash pads have already wetted area children, and now the city’s Parks Department is seeking input on the five locations remaining to be built. Parks officials want to know what kinds of features people want for the splash pads, including different spray features.
A Lakeside High School freshman will lead a Saturday cleanup of the Minnehaha Rocks as his Eagle Scout project, organizing volunteers to pick up trash and clean graffiti at the popular rock climbing and mountain biking area. The project coincides with another group’s efforts to plan for an improved trail system on Beacon Hill by soliciting conceptual designs from landscape architects.