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100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Theater troupe plans performances at logging camps

The Little Theater Company of Spokane was making plans to fan out into the woods to entertain the lumberjacks in the region’s logging camps.

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 …

Then and Now: Spokane River Shacktown

A population of transient workers and pensioners swelled to more than 100 residents after World War II, but the city’s boosters dismantled it shortly thereafter.

Editorial: Let Spokane manage park lands

A 30-year-old ballot measure hamstrings Spokane Park Board management plans by forbidding it from selling surplus property without asking voters for permission.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

Spokane Park Board approves Bacon Concrete bid for Southeast Sports Complex upgrades

The Spokane Park Board awarded bids last week for a $1.1 million upgrade of the Southeast Sports Complex at Altamont Street and 46th Avenue on the South Hill, it’s biggest …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Park board wants to sell unused land; opponents say it can’t

After last-minute outcry from conservation groups, the Spokane Park Board deferred a proposal which would have allowed them to sell surplus park land without a vote of the people.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019

Park Board approves cost increases for U.S. Pavilion, promenade in Riverfront Park

Another $634,000 was approved for construction of the new pavilion building and surrounding grounds Thursday, as the attraction inches closer to a planned fall opening. Park officials say the now …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019

Spokane Parks approve first naming sponsorship agreement for Numerica Ice Ribbon and SkyRide

Riverfront Park’s biggest attractions will now be known as the Numerica Skate Ribbon and SkyRide after the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department approved their first title sponsorship agreement, which will …

Spokane City Council approves Sportsplex agreement

The Spokane City Council approved an agreement which will soon allow the city to purchase property and begin design and other work on the the $42 million Sportsplex project.

Park board to lay out guidelines for moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Spokane Park Board may approve the process advocates should follow to move the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial from Riverfront Park to the Spokane arena Thursday.

Riverfront Park rides shot down by Spokane Park Board once again

A lobbying effort by former Riverfront Park Director Hal McGlathery and citizens pushing for the return of low-cost rides in the new park failed to attract a majority of the …

UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018

Spokane Park Board votes to revisit amusement rides in Riverfront Park

The request doesn’t include refurbishing the rides that once were housed in the old U.S. Pavilion, but to determine if the Parks Department should buy new rides and put them …

Utility bills will pay for Howard Street bridge construction in Riverfront Park

The city had originally intended to use utility dollars to replace the so-called “Blue Bridge” in Riverfront Park, but that replacement was determined not to be needed. Instead, green bond …

Demise of Spokane’s Manito zoo marked by shots of a .30-30 rifle

Charles Balzer probably didn’t think much of it when he fenced off one of the many spring-fed ponds scattered around Spokane’s newest park.

Riverfront Park art piece gets Park Board approval

The nearly unanimous panel voted Thursday afternoon to begin design and construction of “Step Well,” a public art piece designed by Boston-based artist and architect J. Meejin Yoon. The final …

Design of signature art for revitalized Riverfront Park set for vote

The full Spokane Park Board will vote later this month on a design and location for “Step Well,” architect and artist J. Meejin Yoon’s sculpture for Riverfront Park. The MIT …

Free swimming gets Spokane Park Board approval

For the first time in more than three decades, visitors to Spokane’s swimming pools won’t need to pay to get in the gates. The Spokane Park Board approved the elimination …

Golf cart fee waiver for disabled visitors reinstated at Spokane municipal courses

The Spokane Park Board unanimously approved the return of a fee waiver for disabled golfers who choose to use their own personal carts at municipal courses, starting this summer. Tom …

Free swimming could return to Spokane municipal pools this summer

The Spokane Park Board is scheduled to vote Thursday on a resolution that would eliminate entry fees at six city-owned pools this summer. Park officials said gate admissions were only …

Looff Carrousel building takes shape in Riverfront Park, as Pavilion structures come down

The new home of the 109-year-old attraction is scheduled to open later this spring in time for Bloomsday, park planners said during a tour of the site Thursday. The building …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

Spokane eyes purchase of bluff property bulldozed for illegal road as part of legal settlement

The Spokane Park Board on Thursday voted unanimously to authorize consideration of a sale option on 50 acres of private property that was partially bulldozed to build an illegal road …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017

Thornton Murphy Park floated as potential site of new South Hill library

If voters approve an expected bond measure on the ballots next year, a 1.4-acre plot at Ray Street and 27th Avenue would be an ideal location to construct a new, …

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 …

Altering Spokane Park Board authority in wake of U.S. Pavilion flap would undo century of independence

City Council President Ben Stuckart said no formal proposal is on the table to alter the uniquely Spokane form of governing the park system, but concerns over early designs featuring …

UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017

Spokane Park Board loses a member as U.S. Pavilion covering talks continue

Susan Traver has resigned from the volunteer citizen board overseeing Spokane’s park system, but Spokane Park Board President Chris Wright said she did not cite the ongoing debate about whether …

Decision on whether to cover U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park delayed a month

The Spokane Park Board voted unanimously Thursday to request more information on how much re-covering the structure would cost before instructing a design team to abandon the idea.

UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017

Spokane Park Board votes to keep up to three Riverfront rides

After testimony earlier this week from boosters of the attractions that have filled Riverfront Park, some since the late ‘70s, the Spokane Park Board voted Thursday afternoon not to sell …

UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017

Future of Riverfront Park amusement rides up for vote next week

The Spokane Park Board is scheduled to decide next week whether to back a resolution that would designate the 13 attractions for sale. Former park director Hal McGlathery, who has …

UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017

Spokane Park Board approves $1 million Rotary Fountain overhaul

Spokane Park Board members voted unanimously Thursday to move ahead on a $1 million overhaul of the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park

UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017

Fixing Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park may cost nearly $1 million

The artistic Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park has so many mechanical problems that it is facing a complete overhaul costing nearly $1 million