Fianna Dickson, Parks & Recreation Communications Manager, 509.625.6297
Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:05 p.m.
City of Spokane Parks & Recreation is working with The Lands Council to mitigate damage to our urban tree canopy caused by the windstorm on January 13.
The Urban Forestry team of the Parks division created a restoration plan in alignment with the SpoCanopy initiative. SpoCanopy is a partnership with The Lands Council that works with volunteers and residents to ensure every person has access to green space and healthy tree canopy. The goal of SpoCanopy is to have 40% tree cover across the city by 2030.
For community members interested in supporting the restoration efforts, please consider these options:
Urban Forestry and Park Operations teams have worked diligently on windstorm damage. Safety hazards were addressed first, followed by ongoing clean up and mitigations.
Stump grinding continues, and most cut logs have been removed for sale. The proceeds from the revenue of log sales, estimated at $21,000, helps fund tree replacements. Firewood is being donated to SNAP.
The park system lost approximately 200 trees due to the storm. We also saw damage to park amenities including tennis courts, a playground, a golf building, lights, fences, benches, and picnic tables. Additionally, the Riverfront Park butterfly came down in the storm, and a restoration plan is underway. There is possible damage to underground irrigation systems caused by the storm, and will be determined this season.
The total for estimated storm damages is over $700,000.
A re-opening for Comstock Park, temporarily closed due to hazards and debris, will be announced shortly.