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/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 board meets at 3:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in the City Council Chambers, lower level City Hall.

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 44 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    
Bob Anderson, Vice President 11/8/2018 2/1/2022    
Nick Sumner 5/14/2015 2/4/2020 2/4/2020 2/4/2025
Vacant        
Rick Chase 10/24/2016 2/1/2022    
Greta Gilman 8/31/2016 2/7/2023    
Sally Lodato 2/27/2017 2/1/2022    
Gerry L. Sperling 2/5/2019 2/6/2024    
Vacant        
Barb Richey 5/6/2019 2/6/2024    
Lori Kinnear,
City Council Liaison
N/A      

2020 Park Board Schedule

  • Jan. 9, 2020
  • Feb. 13, 2020
  • March 12, 2020
  • April 9, 2020
  • May 14, 2020
  • June 11, 2020
  • July 9, 2020
  • Aug. 13, 2020
  • Sept. 10, 2020
  • Oct. 8, 2020
  • Nov. 12, 2020
  • Dec. 10, 2020

Agendas

2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012

Minutes

2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012

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

Executive Team – This advisory group to the Riverfront Park Committee meets weekly and steers overall strategy for the redevelopment of the Riverfront Park relating to internal and external communication, design, and construction.
Members include:

Nick Sumner
Park Board Member

Greta Gilman
Park Board Member

Gerry Sperling
Park Board Member

Garrett Jones
Parks and Recreation Director and Park Board Secretary

Mac Mikkelson
Avista, Hydro Safety, Security and EAP Specialist