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Stories tagged: riverfront park

Family Fun: Enjoy ‘Penguins’ from the ice at Riverfront Park

If watching the other skaters isn’t enough entertainment for you, on Saturday you also can watch Disneynature’s “Penguins” while at Riverfront Park’s ice ribbon.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Water heaters fail at Riverfront Park ice ribbon, but do not halt third season of skating

The new attraction was fitted with two new water heaters immediately after the failure in January, costing the city about $36,000 to replace as the previous heaters were no longer …

David Condon’s handling of ouster of police Chief Frank Straub cast pall over relationship with City Council

The mayor and council President Ben Stuckart celebrated together in 2014 when voters approved funding for rebuilding streets and Riverfront Park. But by the end of 2015, the relationship had …

David Condon the builder: Record street investments, stormwater tanks a lasting legacy

A remade Riverfront Park and smoother streets are just the visible projects that have been accomplished during Condon’s administration. Beneath the city’s feet, there are tanks capable of holding millions …

Difference Makers: U.S. Pavilion redesigners create iconic structure in the heart of the city

Forty-six years ago – with just 72 days before the World’s Fair officially kicked off in Spokane – Tim Welsh climbed to the top of the incomplete U.S. Pavilion, popped …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Spokane finds second-best thing to the Kennel at U.S. Pavilion watch party

As the clock ticked down to the final minute in the matchup between Gonzaga and the University of North Carolina, by all accounts the biggest basketball game every played in …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Sportsplex to host 2022 national track championships, supporters announce at groundbreaking

The $53 million facility is still just a hole in the ground right now, but in a little more than two years it will play host to the over-40 national …

Christmas tree lights up Riverfront Park

As a growing crowd waited for the 3,000 feet of Christmas lights to shine on Spokane’s Christmas tree, revelers sipped hot chocolate and negotiated the best spots next to portable …

Riverfront Park hosts annual Christmas tree lighting

On Saturday the city will light up a 63-foot spruce in Riverfront Park. The free celebration starts at 4 p.m. with a visit from Santa, children’s crafts and performances from …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Spokane tribe’s flag flies over sn̓xʷméneʔ island after recent ceremony

The tribal flag was added to the island in the Spokane River in recognition of not only the sacred land but also what Mayor David Condon called the “shared history” …

Shawn Vestal: Plaza project helps erase the boundary between river and city

The plaza and these other riverfront projects are part of a thoroughgoing revitalization of the relationship between the city center and the Spokane River.

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

Riverfront Park pianos see plenty of performers on last day of summer

Two piano installations in Riverfront Park started as an idea from the Piano Technicians Guild to weatherproof and paint a piano for the park. The first was placed in the …

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019

Rob Curley: Mayor David Condon’s annual galas have now raised over $1 million for local charities

On Friday night, Condon was wearing his tux inside a U.S. Pavilion that was filled with others who were similarly overdressed for a night at Riverfront Park. It was for …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

‘This will truly be the gathering place’: U.S. Pavilion delights crowd at official opening

As red lights filled the U.S. Pavilion on Friday night, the crowd screamed in delight, children stood in awe and a few couples danced their way through the Spokane landmark’s …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

The flashier remade U.S. Pavilion is just the latest version of Spokane’s Expo ’74 centerpiece

Built and operated for $11.5 million for the World’s Fair in Spokane, the structure started life as a temporary exhibition place that is now an iconic piece of the city’s …

‘There’s all these added layers of amazing’: Newly renovated U.S. Pavilion gets its debut

Spokane Parks and Recreation feels like it has scored big with the newly renovated U.S. Pavilion, which declutters the iconic Riverfront Park centerpiece and emphasizes the structure’s open netting that …

Getting there: Autonomous bus could come to Riverfront Park

A slow-moving, boxy, autonomous bus may soon ply the Howard Street Promenade in Spokane’s Riverfront Park, if city officials get their way.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

Gathering at the Falls Powwow opens Friday with grand entry, runs through Saturday evening

The 2019 powwow runs through Saturday in Riverfront park and continues with a Native American art show on Sunday.

How to avoid meat at Pig Out: Options for vegetarians and vegans

Don’t let the name ruin the fun: Pig out in the Park isn’t all about the pigs. Or the meats. In fact, in the food festival’s 40 years in Spokane, …

Hog wild! Pig Out in the Park is celebrating 40 years of food, music and fun

As far as growing pains go, Pig Out in the Park, which is celebrating the big 4-0 this year, has had it relatively pain-free. On the food side of things, …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019

U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park will reopen in September with inaugural performance by new Spokane Symphony director

James Lowe will perform with the symphony on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m., part of a full weekend of activities scheduled to celebrate the reopening of the signature attraction …

Spokane Parks faces nearly $1 million budget shortfall in 2020

The division will present potential options to close that gap to the Spokane Park Board in the fall. Officials say the increase in costs is driven primarily by salary and …

Unity in the Community teaches children about cultures, awards school supplies

Charlie Lentz, 5, looked at a stamp on Saturday of a man kicking a ball. “You know what sport that is?” said Janet Jorgensen, a representative of a German booth …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Man shot at two Lime scooter riders after they crashed, police say

Police arrested a man for allegedly firing a gun at two Lime scooter riders who had just crashed their scooters in Riverfront Park early Thursday.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019

Providence Health Care giving $1 million toward construction of inclusive playground in Riverfront Park

The playground in the southwest corner of the downtown park is expected to supplement the taxpayer-funded ice age-themed playground on the Spokane River’s north bank. The inclusive playground is being …

After 42 years in Riverfront Park, totem pole removed and given to developer

For decades, a colorful totem pole topped with an eagle’s outstretched wings stood 40 feet tall on an island in the center of Riverfront Park.

UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

Royal Fireworks Concert dazzles audience after two-year absence from Riverfront Park

The free concert and fireworks show returned to Riverfront Park after a cancellation in 2017 due to funding woes and construction in the downtown park. Ballet dancers performed at twilight, …

UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

Royal Fireworks Concert returns to Riverfront Park

The annual concert is back after a two-year hiatus.

UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

National Carousel Day Celebrations in Spokane and CDA Thursday

The Looff Carrousel has gone round and round for the last 110 years and the anniversary will be celebrated Thursday as part of National Carousel Day.

UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019

Vietnam veterans open national convention with wreath-laying ceremony at Riverfront Park

More than 700 Vietnam-era veterans are in Spokane this week for the Vietnam Veterans of America’s 19th biennial convention, but only a couple hundred made it up the hill for …