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The Inland Northwest’s best parks for outside activities

Whether you’re looking to hike to the top of a scenic bluff or tumble down the side of a hill on a sled, there’s something for everyone in the region’s …


Playing by the rules: ‘Do’s and ‘don’t’s in Spokane’s park system

Recent rule changes outlawed camping, prohibited pot smoking and created new hours for the city’s park system. Here are some other regulations to know within the city’s neighborhood parks.


Osprey discovered nesting at the top of the U.S. Pavilion

A family of the raptors has been seen at the top of the structure’s 145 foot mast, as the city moves forward with plans to renovate the iconic building. The …


UPDATED: Tue., May 29, 2018, 9:32 a.m.

Sportsplex plans get OK from state regulators as legal wrangling plays out with property owner

A state committee signed off last week on plans that would build the $42 million structure by the end of 2020. The city still has to figure out an ongoing …


Camping, marijuana and drone use to be restricted under new rules for Spokane’s parks

The Spokane City Council is scheduled to consider Monday a suite of laws that will alter how the enforcement arm of the city’s Parks Department may respond to people staying …


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 6:18 p.m.

Restored Looff Carrousel will re-open May 12, city says

The 109-year-old attraction will return to Riverfront Park in a brand new building at a ceremony following the Lilac Junior Parade, officials said Thursday. Rides will cost $2, and completion …


UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018, 5:34 p.m.

Glover Field, long named for controversial ‘Father of Spokane’ James Glover, could get new moniker

James N. Glover Field was dedicated in 1917 for the man who bought the land that became Spokane and laid out its first streets. After a century, it could get …


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 …


Ice ribbon closed for the winter after ammonia leak repairs

Park officials said Tuesday they’re pivoting to spring activities due to the warming temperatures. That includes reopening of the SkyRide chairlift attraction, rollerskating on the cement ribbon and the return …


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 …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 3:39 p.m.

South Hill bluff conservation group to push purchase of bulldozed land

The group Friends of the Bluff, one of many organizations blindsided by the construction of a road the city deemed illegal last spring, has hopes that a central portion of …


Spokane to open city’s first adaptive youth development park

The city of Spokane is opening its first adaptive youth development park with a ribbon cutting in Mission Park at 6 p.m. Thursday


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 8:56 p.m.

Spokane City Council members call for restoration of damaged conservation land

The two Spokane City Council members who represent the South Side of Spokane are calling for a rapid restoration of logged and bulldozed park land near the Creek at Qualchan …


Spokane parks spokeswoman resigns after police spokeswoman shifted into her role

Nancy Goodspeed, the longtime spokeswoman for Spokane’s parks department, announced her resignation from the city Thursday after she said she was told her duties would change. Goodspeed had been making …


Spokatopia aims to get people outside for fun activities

Hari Heath sat beneath a pine tree on the shores of the Spokane River watching over a gleaming handcrafted wooden canoe. Curious people stopped and admired the sleek-looking boat, which …


Historic listing for Spokane parks to be focus of meeting

The public is invited to a meeting Feb. 5 on an effort to list Spokane parks on the National Register of Historic Places. The meeting will be 6 p.m. at …


Schools to parks: Conley takes on new city position

Jason Conley is swapping yellow school buses for emerald green parks. Starting next month, Conley will begin his job as executive officer of Spokane’s Parks and Recreation department. The role …


Mission Park bathhouse sports Italian Renaissance features

It was once called “the star attraction of 1914,” but today Spokane’s first public bathhouse stands boarded up and primarily used for storage of Spokane Parks Department lawn mowers and …


Groupon invigorates park use

Popular deal promoter Groupon last year sold thousands of tickets for Spokane’s Riverfront Park. The deals, marketed through direct email coupons, were so successful the Spokane Parks Department just approved …


Community garden progressing

Many ideas were batted around the table at the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association meeting Jan. 11, but the group was most excited about a proposed community garden in …


Grant Park could be site of pilot community garden

Many ideas were batted around the table at the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association meeting Jan. 11, but the group was most excited about a proposed community garden in …


Spokane youth baseball head wants park fields dedicated to kids

When it comes to youth baseball, Dan Peck isn’t easily deterred. Last year, as president of Spokane North Little League, he was one of the main advocates behind a project …