Spokane Park Board

Authorized by and Date: The Park Board was authorized by Chapter 04.11 of the City's Municipal Code in accordance with Ordinance C33995. Effective on May 6, 2007.

Mission statement: The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Division acquires, operates, enhances, and protects a diverse system of parks, boulevards, parkways, Urban Forest, golf courses, recreational, cultural, historical and open space areas for the enjoyment and enrichment of all.

The Spokane Park Board Bylaws are established by the Park Board to govern Park Board members on the rules of procedure for carrying out the board's functions and responsibilities.

Purpose: The Spokane Park Board was created in 1910 and granted power by Article V of the City Charter to layout, establish, purchase, procure, accept and have the care, management, control, and improvement of all parks grounds and parkways controlled by the City of Spokane and used for park purposes. The Charter also mandates eight percent of the City's annual expenditures be earmarked for Parks and Recreation. Additional funding comes from fees and charges for programs and services. The City's golf courses are operated as an enterprise fund and are not supported by tax dollars.

Park Board Meeting date, time and location: The Park Board meets at 3:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in person in the Council Chambers, lower level City Hall and virtually via WebEx.

Study Session Meeting date, time and location: Sessions are held on an as-needed basis and are held at City Hall. Conference room location varies.

The Spokane Park Board Toolkit (PDF 42.7 MB) offers detailed information on the duties, responsibilities and goals of being a Park Board member. Additional tools include contact information, meeting schedules, organizational chart, annual budgets and related articles.

Are you interested in becoming a Park Board member? Learn more about the opportunity to impact your community. Interested applicants, please email SpokaneParks@SpokaneCity.org.

Spokane Park Board Terms

Members 1st Appointment 1st Full Term Ends 2nd Term Begins 2nd Term Ends
Jennifer Ogden, President 5/15/2017 2/2/2021 2/2/2021 2/3/2026
Bob Anderson, Vice President 11/8/2018 2/1/2022 2/1/2022 2/2/2027
Nick Sumner 5/14/2015 2/4/2020 2/4/2020 2/4/2025
Christina VerHeul 3/28/2022 2/2/2027    
Greta Gilman 8/31/2016 2/7/2023    
Sally Lodato 2/27/2017 2/1/2022 2/1/2022 2/2/2027
Gerry L. Sperling 2/5/2019 2/6/2024    
Barb Richey 5/6/2019 2/6/2024    
Hannah Kitz 10/19/2020 2/4/2025    
Kevin Brownlee 10/19/2020 2/7/2023    
Jonathan Bingle,
City Council Liaison
N/A      

2022 Park Board Schedule

  • Jan. 13
  • Feb. 10
  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 12
  • June 9
  • July 14
  • Aug. 11
  • Sept. 8
  • Oct. 13
  • Nov. 10
  • Dec. 8

Agendas

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2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015

Minutes

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2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015

Contact

City Staff

Garrett Jones
Director, Parks and Recreation
509.363.5462
gjones@spokanecity.org

James Richman
Legal Counsel
509.625.6225
jrichman@spokanecity.org