Event set for Friday, Oct. 21, at 11:30 a.m.
Marlene Feist, City of Spokane Public Works & Utilities, (509) 625-6505
Friday, October 14, 2016 at 11 a.m.
Citizens are invited to join in the Grand Reopening Celebration for the block of Wall Street between Main Avenue and Spokane Falls Boulevard on Friday, Oct. 21, starting at 11:30 a.m. In addition to the City of Spokane, event partners including the Downtown Spokane Partnership, River Park Square, and Wheatland Bank.
A reopening ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m., and music and food trucks will continue the fun through 1:30 p.m. People also can enter to win $150 to Runners Soul, a $200 U.S. Savings Bond provided by Wheatland Bank, a $1,000 Nordstrom shopping spree, and $1,000 to Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters’ new store on the southwest corner of Main Avenue and Wall Street is expected to be open for the event.
“We have had two summers of construction on this block of Wall Street, so a celebration marking the end of work is needed,” says Scott Simmons, the City’s Director of Public Works & Utilities. “We want to thank the property and business owners along this block – particularly Wheatland Bank and the owners and tenants of Old City Hall – for their patience, and we want to encourage people to come down and support them.”
This summer, surface improvements have been completed on the block of Wall Street, following last summer’s work to install a wastewater pipe in the block to help with efforts to reduce overflows to the Spokane River from combined stormwater and wastewater infrastructure. Also, during this time, construction was under way on this block to create the new Urban Outfitters store, and recently, work has begun on a renovation of the former downtown Macy’s building.
Wall Street from Spokane Falls Boulevard to Riverside Avenue has long been designed for greater pedestrian activity and events. The need for utility work in the block between Spokane Falls and Main provided an opportunity to update this block’s street design, improve its pedestrian appeal, further activate its use for events, and help lead people to a renovated Riverfront Park. The City eventually would like to extend the new design on the block between Main and Riverside.