Spokane Gets Head Start On Spring As Visitors Flock For Weekend Events

Erin Hut, Director of Communications, 509.625.6740

Friday, March 22, 2024 at 10 a.m.

As Spokane gears up for a bustling weekend of events, various city departments are joining forces to get a head start on spring cleaning.

“Spokane is so excited to play host to the NCAA Men’s and Women’s basketball games, Pacific Northwest Qualifier, and the Spokane Velocity game. Our crews have been hard at work to ensure a clean and safe environment for visitors and residents alike,” Mayor Lisa Brown said.

The following efforts are currently underway: 

  • Public Works is deploying street sweepers throughout downtown and on the North Bank.  
  • The Office of Neighborhood Services and West Central Neighborhood Council are teaming up for the Maple-Ash Corridor Clean-Up Project. 
  • Code Enforcement, as well as Parks and Recreation crews are working on trash removal, graffiti removal, and vegetation management along downtown gateways and extending through main thoroughfares (Division/Brown, Lincoln/Monroe, and Maple/Walnut). 
  • Solid Waste is deploying additional receptables and aiding in pick up as identified. 
  • Downtown Spokane Partnership’s clean team is focused on work throughout the Business Improvement District boundaries. 
  • Spokane Police Department is increasing uniform and patrol resources at sites where events are taking place, and at key locations in the downtown core impacted by events. SPD will also have plain clothes resources monitoring events and will deploy specialty units to be available for a faster response if needed. 

With the sheer volume of people attending games and events in the downtown core, the public is encouraged to utilize public transit, or private and street parking. People should also consider arriving early and staying late for events, and enjoying downtown restaurants and shops while traffic thins out.