A new, luxurious neighbor is about to join the rustic cabins at Liberty Lake Regional Park.
Spokane County commissioners signed an agreement this week with the Inland Northwest Fuller Center for Housing, a Christian nonprofit, to construct a new mobile cabin at the lakefront park south of the city. The deal, worth $54,813, will bring more options to families looking for a summer weekend at the park, Spokane County Parks Director Doug Chase said.
“This is the next level,” he said.
The Fuller Center will provide one of its “Great Scot” cabins that will be brought in by trailer to the park. The cabin stands 13 feet, 6 inches tall with a second-story loft for sleeping, a front porch, multiple windows, a bathroom with a shower and toilet as well as a kitchenette. Chase said he expects the cabin to be ready for reservations sometime in the summer, possibly as early as the end of July.
A.J. Roberts, office manager at the Fuller Center, said there was a lot of enthusiasm to get the cabin out on the park grounds this year.
“I know there’s a lot of spring fever to get this done,” Roberts said.
A price point hasn’t been established yet, and the cabin is not yet available for rental on the county park’s website, Chase said. Existing cabins can be reserved for $57 a night. But parks staff believe the cabin will be a big draw, and if the experiment is successful, there may be additional orders in the years to come.
“We have every reason to believe this is going to be successful,” said Chase, noting the popularity of the lake-view cabins the county’s Parks Department constructed in Liberty Lake in 2014. The new cabin will also be slightly larger than the existing, one-room structures at 214 square feet of living space. The current cabins measure in at 144 square feet.
The new cabin will be slightly up the hill from the existing cabin locations as people enter the park’s camping area from the northeast, Chase said.
Spokane County commissioners Shelly O’Quinn and Nancy McLaughlin approved the purchase Tuesday without comment. Al French was absent on county business, but voiced his support for the project during a meeting earlier this month.
The Fuller Center is a chapter of a Georgia-based organization, founded by the people who established Habitat for Humanity in the 1970s. The group is focused on providing affordable housing for those living in poverty and on the street.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter
Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.