Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
Opinion >  Letters

Park generates revenue

When is a park not just a park? Answer: When it is an economic engine. Riverfront Park – 40 square blocks – hosts at least 21 major events yearly, a half dozen smaller events, and has been the site of choice for functions for nearly 50 organizations located throughout the region. Eighteen fun runs start at the park. There is tremendous usage year-round.

This intense activity in the heart of the city generates commercial activity that produces sales tax revenue, which boosts the city’s general fund, and so brings more services to our neighborhoods. We will not pay a higher tax than we are paying now, but can boost the productivity of the park by upgrading weary and inadequate infrastructure.

I applaud the city for proposing to restructure existing debt to get us more bang for the buck. To bring a 1970s-era park and activity center up to 21st century standards and, separately, to upgrade more streets with no additional tax, I will vote yes.

Phyllis Holmes

Spokane



Letters policy

The Spokesman-Review invites original letters on topics of public interest. Your letter must adhere to the following rules:

  • No more than 250 words
  • We reserve the right to reject letters that are not factually correct, racist or are written with malice.
  • We cannot accept more than one letter a month from the same writer.
  • With each letter, include your daytime phone number and street address.
  • The Spokesman-Review retains the nonexclusive right to archive and re-publish any material submitted for publication.
Unfortunately, we don’t have space to publish all letters received, nor are we able to acknowledge their receipt.
Click here to learn more.

Submit letters using any of the following:

Our online form

Mail: Letters to the Editor
The Spokesman-Review
999 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

Email: editor@spokesman.com
Fax: (509) 459-3815
Questions?: (509) 459-5430