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Stories tagged: U.S. Pavilion


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

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, 10:08 p.m.

‘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, 9:06 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

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 …


Here’s how to get your name on a piece of Riverfront Park, including Looff Carrousel animals

The Spokane Parks Foundation will recognize Riverfront Park campaign benefactors by awarding naming rights and putting plaques with donor names on some of its new features. The foundation launched the …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

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: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

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 …


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, 10:32 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Park Board to vote on conducting study for saving amusement rides

The Spokane Park Board will be asked Thursday to set aside $25,000 to study whether the amusement rides that once filled the U.S. Pavilion should return on the park’s north …


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 …


Shade, lighting options becoming clearer in new U.S. Pavilion

A team of high-level decision-makers overseeing Riverfront Park’s $64 million redesign were shown images this week of what will likely be the final recommendation on shading options within the new …


Riverfront Park exploring corporate sponsorships as part of redevelopment

Brett Sports & Entertainment of Spokane is accepting inquiries now from organizations and individuals interested in getting their name on a piece of the redeveloped park. The skating ribbon is …


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 …


Editorial: Ice ribbon a slick addition to downtown

At night, the ribbon is ablaze with colorful lights, adding to the festive atmosphere of the holiday in downtown Spokane.


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

Imax theater demolition and other Riverfront Park construction projects about to start

The final design of the U.S. Pavilion is still undecided, but buildings around the landmark structure, including the Imax theater, will begin to come down next month.


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 …


U.S. Pavilion designers get extra month, $2.5 million to deliver heavily scrutinized plan

Designers of the new U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park will have another month and an extra $2.5 million to develop a plan for the heavily scrutinized centerpiece of the landmark’s …


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Initiative calling for public vote on covering Spokane park Pavilion facing likely City Council opposition

It’s a tight window, but the current Spokane City Council could put to voters the question of whether the U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park should be covered. Council members need …


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: Fri., July 21, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

Riverfront Park surplus auction includes animal figures that once graced mini golf course

Resin figures of an anthropomorphic pig, mouse and rabbit once greeted visitors to the mini golf course in Riverfront Park. On Saturday, they’ll be available to the highest bidder.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 10:25 p.m.

Park board again delays decision on U.S. Pavilion covering

The Spokane park board has again delayed its decision on whether to authorize an uncovered U.S. Pavilion design, citing a need to meet with City Hall officials to discuss the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Pavilion plans should have let in more sunshine

The Pavilion controversy in Spokane’s Riverfront Park has the mayor and council president suggesting that independent Park Board be brought under City Council control.


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Riverfront Park designers unveil initial, uncovered U.S. Pavilion plans

Hanging reflectors or LED lights on the original netting would provide illumination and offer previously unseen views of the Spokane River in the 40-year-old landmark, a design team told the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

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., June 8, 2017, 6:22 a.m.

Park Board to vote Thursday on scrapping plan to re-cover Riverfront Park Pavilion

The team in charge of re-imagining the central feature of Expo ‘74 has proposed leaving a cover off the U.S. Pavilion as part of renovations occurring through Riverfront Park. Critics …


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 …