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Stories tagged: parks

Riverfront Park redevelopment could get more City Hall involvement under proposal

In response to concerns that city leaders weren’t being kept in the loop on the work underway in the downtown attraction’s redevelopment, the Spokane Park Board, City Council and mayor’s …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

Interior won’t change Montana monument designation

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday he will not recommend changes to Montana’s Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument as he continues to review national monuments for possible elimination or …

Field reports: Outdoors industry supports public lands in Salt Lake rally

Approximately 2,500 people marched in Salt Lake City Thursday to show support for federal public lands in a departing salvo from the Outdoor industry.

UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

The 7: Best places to picnic in Spokane and beyond

No matter what’s on the menu, what matters is the company and the outdoor setting. Here are 7 of our favorite places to spread our picnic blankets.

Traveler plans to see all 417 national parks in one road trip

Mikah Meyer’s tally as of last week: 185 national parks down and 232 to go.

In brief: ‘Take Me Fishing’ trailer coming to North Idaho lakes

The “Take Me Fishing” trailer geared up with free loaner rods, reels, tackle and bait is heading to Idaho Panhandle lakes this month staffed by Idaho Fish and Game and …

Field Reports: Nature refills Pacific Lake, biologists add trout

For the first time in more than 15 years, Pacific Lake south of Odessa, Washington, is full of water – good news that didn’t escape the region’s fisheries biologists.

Officials withdraw proposed alcohol ban at Eugene city parks

Eugene city officials say they have rescinded their proposal to prohibit alcohol in all city parks except during large, permitted gatherings.

Riverside State Park long-term planning begins with public meetings

OUTINVOLVED – Riverside State Park is inviting the public to “brainstorm” potential changes and updates to the popular Spokane-area gem during long-term planning meetings that begin this week. Two initial …

Riverfront Park pavilion, an icon of Expo ’74, to undergo extensive renovation

The iconic centerpiece of Expo ’74 – the U.S. Pavilion – will undergo an extensive renovation, potentially starting early next year. The Spokane Park Board approved a contract to design …

Field Reports: Wild, Scenic Film Festival highlights rivers, environment

CONSERVATION – Breathtaking landscapes will dominate the picture this week at the third annual Spokane screening of environmental films that feature nature’s beauty, cutting edge environmental issues, humor and more. …

Private landowner sues bulldozer owner for scraping road into South Hill bluff

The owner of about 50 acres of forested land along High Drive Bluff is suing a contractor blamed for digging out dozens of trees and scraping a milelong road into …

Field reports: Film event promotes wild steelhead

The film “Our Two Hands,” which beckons anglers to conserve wild fish, will be presented on Thursday in Spokane as a fundraiser for the Wild Steelhead Coalition.

Proposed Spokane land sale to climbing gym developer flies against recommendations

The proposed sale of city parkland to a private climbing gym developer goes against recommendations made by Spokane’s assistant city attorney in 2008 and 2009.

Oregon parks open 1,000 more campsite for 2017 solar eclipse

State park officials say they are opening 1,000 more campsites for people coming to watch the summer solar eclipse from Oregon.

Polar explorer Will Steger to speak on climate in Spokane

Polar explorer Will Steger will be in Spokane this month to present a free program, “Eyewitness to Climate Change.”

Then and Now: Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden

Spokanites have loved the Japanese garden at Manito Park for family outings, nature photos and quiet meditation since it’s opening in 1974. The area is named for Nishinomiya, Japan, Spokane’s …

Audubon Park sidewalk aims to increase access, prompts running community concerns

One of the first projects to provide greater pedestrian access into Spokane city parks has drawn some skepticism from runners in the Audubon neighborhood. Park planners and the coach of …

UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

Tired of Zag-mania? Can’t handle another squeaky sneaker or dribbling ball? There are lots of other things going on in Spokane today whether you are into yoga, gun shows, skiing or Pokemon

Tired of Zag-mania? Can’t handle another squeaky sneaker or dribbling ball? There are lots of other things going on in Spokane today whether you are into yoga, gun shows, skiing …

Loose-running dogs in parks haunt abiders of county leash law

People who let their dogs run loose with them in the Dishman Hills have prompted at least one neighbor to hike the trails packing bear spray – and sometimes a …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 3:57 p.m.

Oregon capital has ticket for off-leash dogs

Escalating complaints about loose-running dogs weighed heavy in the decision by the city of Salem, Oregon’s capital city, to hire its first city parks ranger.

100 years ago in Spokane: U.S. marshal seeks permission to hang murderer from scaffolding on roof of downtown post office

The U.S. marshal in Spokane raised an alarming possibility: a hanging on Riverside Avenue. Marshal James E. McGovern confirmed that he had applied for permission to build a scaffold on …

‘Worst conditions in 20 years’ prompt closure of Washington wildlife areas in Asotin County

Two southeastern Washington wildlife areas totaling 11,000 acres are closed to public access through April to prevent human disturbance to deer and elk struggling through the worst winter conditions in …

Looff Carrousel’s new home comes with a $7 million construction price tag

The bid from Walker Construction is about $29,000 more than what was budgeted for the project, according to the Parks Department, but is within contingency reserves for construction. The new …

Park board approves new plan for Sky Prairie Park improvements

Five Mile Prairie residents teamed up with students and staff at Eastern Washington University to come up with a new master plan for Sky Prairie Park.

Oregon parks sell out of campsites for solar eclipse

People eager to see the total solar eclipse next summer have booked all of Oregon’s available campsites for the celestial event.

Out & About: Colfax-Pullman railway trail potential explored

A series of public workshops to gather opinions on the future of the Colfax- Albion-Pullman rail corridor are scheduled in November and December.

Park Board to vote on simplified design process for new Riverfront Park pavilion

If the Park Board approves a different design method for the pavilion than what was used in constructing the ice skating ribbon, the city will have to convince a state …

City testing new style of rope play set at Manito Park

A new style of playset has captured the imagination of kids in lower Manito Park.

Field Reports: Alaska state parks seek crowdfunding support

Alaska state park managers have turned to internet crowdfunding to protect a Delta Junction-area park from Tanana River erosion.