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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Parks supervisor fired for harassment of gay subordinate set to get job back, $100,000 settlement

Months after the city fired him for his behavior toward a gay subordinate, a former Parks Department supervisor will get his old job back and, pending City Council approval, a …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

New redband trout sculpture in Peaceful Valley honors Spokane River’s past, future

Advocates for a healthy Spokane River gathered in Peaceful Valley on Wednesday to celebrate the installation of a newly commissioned sculpture of one of the river’s few remaining native species, …


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” …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Goodbye, green water: Manito’s Mirror Pond to get makeover

Spokane Parks plans to make Mirror Pond reflective of the beautiful park that surrounds it.


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 …


‘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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2019

Spokane pools take turns hosting an event for dogs

More than a hundred dogs piled into the pool at the Shadle Aquatic Center on Monday evening for Doggie Dips.


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 …


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.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019

Then and Now: Thinking ahead of Expo ’74, U.S. Pavilion takes shape

Even before the world’s fair, Expo ’74, closed down, the city of Spokane was embroiled in discussions of what to do with the 100-acre site. There was a strong movement …


100 years ago in Spokane: City considers blimp passenger service

The Spokane Chamber of Commerce discussed an exciting new possibility — a Spokane “airship charter” for passenger flights to Seattle, Tacoma and Portland.


As outcry over public sleeping ban continues, officials say illegal camping has as well

As public outcry over laws prohibiting camping, sitting or sleeping on public property grows, city officials and police say illegal camping is more wide spread than it has been in …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018

Pathway closes in Riverfront Park for winter work on future site of Centennial Trail

Construction crews will shut down next week the span of pathway leading from the Howard Street bridge through the Lilac Bowl to the Spokane Convention Center as work continues on …


‘Straight, mean vandalism’: Grant Park’s community garden sustains about $2,500 in damage

About $2,500 worth of damage occurred at Grant Park’s community garden between 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. “It was straight, mean vandalism,” said the garden’s volunteer manager.


Spokane area pools hold open houses Saturday for free swim registration

Eager swimmers will be able to sign up Saturday at the city’s six municipally owned pools for free entry this summer, the first time everyone can get in without paying …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018

Finch Arboretum access likely planning priority: Public comment period coming up as part of developing new master plan

Making Finch Arboretum more accessible to the public from the inside out is among the ideas being considered in a new master plan being developed for the arboretum. The Spokane …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018

Spokane’s ice ribbon ties up successful first month, exceeds attendance goal for entire season

With school out for winter break, families on vacation and kids tired of being cooped up inside, the Riverfront Park’s ice ribbon has already exceeded its attendance goal for its …


Then and Now: U.S. Pavilion at Expo

Originally built in 1974, the Pavilion is facing a redesign, although the final design still being debated.


U.S. Pavilion plans with temporary shade structure, no permanent cover approved by Spokane park officials

Park planners have signed off on a $16.5 million construction plan for the new U.S. Pavilion that will include temporary overhead shading for events in the summer. Critics said their …


Dutch Jake’s Park will get extensive renovations, though probably not its namesake’s cannons

Dutch Jake’s Park, at Broadway Avenue and Chestnut Street, is one of Spokane’s smallest parks. Opened in 1976, the unpolished lot-sized park has a reputation as being more of a …


Deal between Parks and KXLY yields a new southeast soccer field and ped path

The Spokane parks department has reached an agreement with KXLY that will improve the South Sports Complex while KXLY develops its property next door


Workers wrap up restoration of illegal bluff road as legal battle continues

A crew from Land Expressions, the Mead-based firm responsible for restoring soil and plant life along a 1.3-mile stretch of an access road carved through conservation land earlier this year, …


Then and Now: Manito’s Duncan Garden

In early Spokane, parks were primarily natural spaces used for picnics. When Parks Superintendent John W. Duncan retired in 1942, Spokane’s park system included more parks, plus features like playgrounds, …


Spokane halts golf course plans at center of South Hill road controversy, moves toward restoring bluff

The Spokane Park Board has halted First Tee’s plans to build and operate a three-hole golf course in the Latah Valley following construction of an unauthorized road last month. Avista, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Parks leader hopes to spark museum with pioneer relics stuffed in his garage

The seed of a Spokane civic museum was planted in a vacant storeroom at 827 W. Riverside. Aubrey L. White, Spokane’s well-known parks leader, had collected “various specimens and curios …


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.


Swimmers hope to cover Spokane’s Witter Pool for year-round use

On the last day of swimming at Witter Pool earlier this month dozens of people turned out, arms flashing and feet fluttering as they swam laps up and down the …


Spokatopia offers intro to variety of muscle-powered sports

The best opportunity of the year to sample land- and water-based muscle-powered sports in one location is set for Saturday at Camp Sekani along the upper Spokane River. The second …


Army Corps requires city of Spokane to preserve Expo ’74 history in Riverfront Park

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forcing the Spokane parks department to increase preservation efforts for Expo ’74 sites in Riverfront Park


100 years ago in Spokane: Parks leader suggests folks not freak out about dandelions

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane Parks Superintendent John W. Duncan (of Duncan Gardens fame) said that one of the most common questions he received this time of year …