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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Then and Now: Manito Park

In 1887, the city of Spokane granted a franchise to the pioneer newspaper editor and businessman Francis Cook and his partners in the Northwestern Land Company to operate the Spokane and Montrose Motor Railroad. Construction began in the spring of 1888.

Then and Now: Manito Park

Spokane's premier park, filled with manicured gardens, shaded walkways and landscape features, was laid out in the 1880s, but was in doubt when the original developer went bankrupt in the 1890s.

Dad Daze: An autumnal attitude adjustment courtesy of my four kids

Perhaps I have some sort of seasonal disorder. When September arrives, I can’t help but get melancholy. It harks back to my childhood. Every night before the first day of school, I would toss and turn and wake up exhausted as I started a new year, which featured about 180 days of school.

Japanese koi pond reopens in Manito Park following water system renovations

The attraction reopened to the public late last week, but was announced by the Spokane Parks Department in a news release Tuesday. The pond, which houses about 30 of the colorful carp, will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 30 minutes before dusk, and Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. and close at the same time. 

Manito Park’s drive-thru Christmas lights were a big hit this year

An estimated 66,000 people traveled the half-mile decorated route in the park on the South Hill earlier this month, according to a car count conducted by the city's Parks Department. That's up from the 13,000 people who usually tour the illuminated Gaiser Conservatory in years past. 

Enchanted Garden Drive-Thru Lights at Manito

The Friends of Manito staged an outdoor drive-through Christmas light event at Manito Park to replace their much-loved annual lighting of the Gaiser Conservatory tropical and desert plants. Thousands flocked to the drive-through event throughout its run from Dec. 11 to Dec. 20.

Friends of Manito Park turn holiday lights show into drive-thru tour

Holiday lights will still illuminate Manito Park this year, just not from inside Gaiser Conservatory. Instead, the annual event has been reworked as a drive-thru holiday lights tour to allow for social distancing. Enchanted Garden Drive-Thru Holiday Lights at Manito Park, presented by the Friends of Manito and Spokane Parks, opens Friday.

Manito Park Bench Cafe serving Ben & Jerry’s ice cream opens

Ben & Jerry's was serving scoops Sunday and will move to sandwiches and other items on Monday at the popular snack spot in Manito Park. The Parks Department signed a quick deal with the business after their contracted concessionaire suspended operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

‘No Pepsi, Coke’: Spokane Parks Department looking to switch soft drink allegiances with new contract

Pepsi has had an exclusive deal with the Spokane Parks Department since 2003. On Thursday, after a competitive bidding process that began late last year, the Spokane Park Board agreed to a new five-year deal with Coca-Cola that will bring the drink-maker's beverages to city golf courses, Manito and Riverfront parks and the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex in the coming months as attractions reopen following the coronavirus pandemic.