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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Purchase would double Sullivan Park as Spokane Valley seeks to add green space

Sullivan Park, an island of green in an industrial and commercial area in northeast Spokane Valley, could become the city’s second biggest park if an adjoining lot is purchased.

Spokane County updating park plan, feedback sought

The Spokane County Parks department is updating it’s parks, recreation and open space plan and wants community feedback.

UPDATED: Sat., April 27, 2019

Arbor Day event offers helpful tips for those looking to start their own compost piles

The composting stations at the Arbor Day celebration Saturday at Finch Arboretum were hugely popular, drawing lines of people trying to learn more about how to build their own compost …

UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019

City parks development director fills interim director spot

After working with at the parks department as an intern a decade ago, the department’s planning and development director, Garrett Jones, is the interim parks director.

UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019

Retiring Spokane park director Leroy Eadie was the first in his family to go to college. He pushed his mom to get a degree, too.

Leroy Eadie is retiring after spending more than two decades with the city and 10 years leading Spokane’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Idaho governor recommends $42.8M for parks and rec in 2020

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is recommending a $42.8 million budget for the Department of Parks and Recreation in fiscal 2020.

UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018

Indian Canyon irrigation system first on list of improvements planned for city golf courses

Indian Canyon’s irrigation system won’t see its 86th birthday, and that’s reason for fans of the venerable golf course to celebrate. The antiquated system, installed in the early 1930s, requires …

Glacier National Park’s Sperry Chalet rebuild on an aggressive timeline

It took 103 years for Glacier National Park’s Sperry Chalet to succumb to the elements. It’s going to take just over two years to restore its glory – weather permitting.

State land long used as unofficial park in north Spokane may be incorporated into Riverside State Park

It’s a peaceful river valley, one in which it’s not uncommon to see moose, beaver, bald eagles and blue herons. What’s more, this thin slice of wilderness is just minutes …

City Parks Department says Ice Ribbon has been repaired

The city announced Sunday that after a series of tests and repairs, the Spokane Ice Ribbon is ready for a new sheet of ice.

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018

UPDATE: Woman injured on ice ribbon is in critical condition, not dead, city now says

The city Parks and Recreation Department has issued a correction and apology after confirming that the woman who was injured in a fall at Riverfront Park’s new ice ribbon, who …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018

City says woman injured on ice ribbon in critical condition, not dead

A skater at Riverfront Park’s new ice ribbon who fell Friday later died from their injuries, according to Spokane Parks and Recreation.

Unbeaten by polio, Spokane golfer lobbies to reinstate fee waiver for disabled players

Tom Ogan, 63, taught himself to play golf despite severely limited strength and balance resulting from polio, which he contracted as a child in South Korea. He wants the city …

Paddleboard craze afloat on the Spokane River

Stand up paddleboarding is the new water sport craze on the Spokane River and other Inland Northwest waterways. A handful of companies offer instructions and equipment rentals.

Riverfront Park project on track for success

Recently, articles in this newspaper and other publications have raised legitimate questions about the progress of the redevelopment of Riverfront Park following the voters’ approval of a $64.3 million bond …

City ramps up security at Manito Park

Security guards now are patrolling Manito Park in response to a rash of property crimes, underage drinking and complaints from neighbors.

City begins demolishing Under the Freeway skate park

A backhoe tore down the ramps and rails of Spokane’s Under the Freeway skate park Monday morning, marking the end of the popular-yet-troubled skating destination near Lewis and Clark High …

Spokane looks to build new skate park to replace crime-ridden location

Spokane’s Under the Freeway skate park is all pavement and out of the way. That’s why it’s perfect for skaters, who like all the hard ramps and walls, a half-acre …

Council gets head start on its funding request

The Spokane Valley City Council debated Tuesday which capital project it should seek funding for from the state Legislature in 2015. The two contenders are the expansion of Balfour Park …

City Council approves parks department restructuring

More managers in the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department will be subject to hiring and firing outside of the city’s civil service system. In a restructuring approved Monday night, the …

State parks’ pass is on ice for weekend, so you’re free to frolic

Washington State Parks began charging for access last year after millions of dollars in budget cuts, but access is free this weekend. “I think it’s perfect,” said Amanda Haan, who …

Restrictions on car shows explained by parks director

Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Director Mike Stone spent time at Tuesday’s City Council meeting detailing how his department handles car shows in city parks after some car clubs complained …

Spokane parks upgrades include new cost

It seemed like a monumental task. But Spokane park leaders have built everything they promised and more with the $43 million park bond voters approved less than four years ago. …

McEuen Field makeover OK’d

The Coeur d’Alene City Council on Tuesday voted 5-1 to move forward on a plan to dramatically update its aging downtown park, McEuen Field, despite extensive opposition, mostly to removing …

CdA Council approves McEuen plan

The Coeur d’Alene City Council on Tuesday voted 5-1 to move forward on a plan to dramatically update its aging downtown park, McEuen Field, despite extensive opposition, mostly to removing …

McEuen remake could cost $40 million

A dramatic remake of McEuen Field, Coeur d’Alene’s aging waterfront park, will cost somewhere between $23 million and $40 million, according to cost estimates released Thursday by a design team. …

Parks giving kids of every ability level a chance to play

The Discovery Playground in Spokane Valley offers something for children of all abilities. The paths – made of grass, concrete or wood chips – all are accessible for wheelchairs. There …

Days in the sunshine

Business is booming at Spokane Valley day camps, with camps run by Liberty Lake and Spokane Valley running at maximum capacity. This is the first year that Liberty Lake’s day …

Dog park has home

Spokane parks officials and animal welfare advocates have apparently reached a milestone in their long walk to find a suitable place in the city for a dog park. A section …

Witter redesign plan ready

A newly designed swimming pool to replace the existing Witter Pool at the current site over the next year will serve as Spokane’s only outdoor competition pool with 50-meter lap …