Blog Posts for 2017

September

Mayor's Urban Design Awards People’s Choice Award Voting Begins

Yesterday at 10:30 a.m. - Watch 1:35 - Voting starts September 18th and runs through October 6th.

Code Changes Brings New Life to Neighborhoods

Sept. 14 at 5:11 p.m. - Watch 2:29 - The City of Spokane wants to make it easier for developers to restore vacant or deteriorating buildings in our neighborhoods.

Officers Tackle Domestic Violence

Sept. 14 at 2:33 p.m. - Watch 1:59 - Special Unit Targets Abusers

Free Trees Now Available from City of Spokane Urban Forestry

Sept. 12 at 3:47 p.m. - Neighborhood Tree Program is giving away 1,000 trees. Get yours today.

Give Real Change for Homeless

Sept. 12 at 2:54 p.m. - Watch 7:00 - Campaign Encourages Giving to Programs

Updating the Demolition and Historic Preservation Ordinance

Sept. 11 at 5:04 p.m. - Council Member Lori Kinnear is proposing a new demolition and historic preservation ordinance.

Spokane Police Department Hosting Five Hiring Workshops

Sept. 11 at 11:53 a.m. - Are you interested in becoming a police officer?

SE Sports Complex Information & Public Comment

Sept. 11 at 10:39 a.m. - City of Spokane Parks & Recreation is working with the neighborhood and KXLY to improve the SE Sports Complex

Fall Cleaning From the Corridor

Sept. 8 at 3:40 p.m. - Volunteers will fill the Bemiss neighborhood this October for the fall Cleaning From the Corridor Event!

City Updating Sign Code

Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. - Chat with a Planner about the updated signage regulations next week!

Bosch Lot Update & Next Steps September 2017

Sept. 6 at 2:13 p.m. - Parks & Recreation is ending the RCO public comment period early to have deeper analysis and ask bigger questions of the lot’s future

New Badges Honor 9-11 Victims

Sept. 6 at 10:18 a.m. - Watch 1:10 - Police buy new badges commemorating 9-11

City of Spokane Selling Normandie Complex

Sept. 6 at 8:58 a.m. - Normandie Complex for sale for $4,250,000.

Spokane’s Signs of the Times

Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. - Watch 2:29 - Spokane city officials discourage giving money to panhandlers

August

City Changing Meter Timestays at Select Locations

Aug. 31 at 5:07 p.m. - Thank you for your parking input.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Aug. 31 at 10:51 a.m. - Watch 2:30 - The City of Spokane is dislodging transient camps under Interstate 90 with rocks.

Rite Aid Foundation Helps Install Three Safe Medication Disposal Units

Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. - Citizens can safely dispose their medications at new safe medication disposal units!

Is there an abandoned vehicle in your neighborhood?

Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. - What to do if you think a vehicle has been abandoned.

Stop Plugging Parking Meters

Aug. 30 at 11:51 a.m. - Watch 2:18 - 2 Hour meters can’t be plugged. The City is trying to increase the number of available parking spots in downtown Spokane by enforcing a 2 hour limit.

Keeping the Good Streets Good!

Aug. 28 at 12:58 p.m. - New $5 million grant adds 14.5 lane miles of grind and overlay work to upcoming construction seasons.

Road Replaced Just in Time for School

Aug. 25 at 3:09 p.m. - Watch 0:53 - 37th Avenue road rehabilitation project finished on schedule

Police Steer Kids Toward Libraries

Aug. 24 at 3:39 p.m. - Watch 2:41 - PAL After Park program connects kids to Spokane Public Libraries.

New Test Map Shows Citizens Growth Potential

Aug. 23 at 4:33 p.m. - Development Factors map tool helps citizens understand where new development could occur throughout the city based on existing information.

Citizen Initiative Pro/Con Committee Statements

Aug. 22 at 4:08 p.m. - Are you interested in serving on a Pro/Con Committee for upcoming Spokane ballot measures?

What’s Next for Post Street Bridge?

Aug. 18 at 4:43 p.m. - City seeks teams interested in replacing the Post Street Bridge in downtown Spokane.

It’s August, but let’s talk SNOW!

Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. - Changes to Snow Response Plan will allow for a quicker response to snow and more plowing in residential areas.

Housekeeping for the Homeless?

Aug. 16 at 10:56 a.m. - Watch 3:27 - Inmates wade through trash to help Spokane’s homeless

Spokane’s Newest Music Festival is headed to Riverfront Park Sept 8-10

Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m. - Tinnabulation Music Festival (TinnFest) is a brand new 3-day music festival packed with over 50 national/international acts and local favorites playin

Doggie Dip 2017

Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. - City of Spokane Parks & Recreation is partnering with SpokAnimal to have fun and raise funds for the High Bridge Dog Park.

Bosch Lot Information & Public Comment

Aug. 11 at 2:22 p.m. - City of Spokane Parks & Recreation is proposing a transfer of RCO restrictions from the Bosch Lot to three potential City-owned properties.

Police Academy Tests Recruit’s Resolve

Aug. 10 at 3:53 p.m. - Watch 2:50 - Here’s a look at the challenges recruits face if they want to become Spokane Police Officers

Free Swim Week 2017

Aug. 10 at 3:24 p.m. - Enjoy free open swim at a different City Aquatic Center each day of the week from August 14-19 thanks to Spokane Firefighters Union (Local 29)

Shaping Spokane Final Draft Now Available

Aug. 8 at 2:38 p.m. - The Shaping Spokane Comprehensive Plan update is complete!

We Need Your Input about Public Parking

Aug. 4 at 4:42 p.m. - A new pilot parking program is coming to the downtown area and we need your input.

Airport CEO Lands Major Award

Aug. 3 at 3:18 p.m. - Spokane Airport’s Larry Krauter lauded for making airport traveler friendly and prosperous.

Does the City of Spokane do circumcisions?

Aug. 1 at 3:40 p.m. - Watch 2:54 - How the City of Spokane responds to all kinds of citizen questions with its My Spokane 311 system.

July

100 Youth 100 Days Challenge Results Are In

July 31 at 3:15 p.m. - The 100 Youth 100 Days team housed 102 youth during their challenge.

U.S. Pavilion Concept & Design Period FAQ

July 28 at 4:24 p.m. - Get the answers to frequently asked questions regarding preliminary concepts for the U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park.

Activating Existing Neighborhood Commercial Structures Open House

July 28 at 12:37 p.m. - The open house is scheduled for Thursday, August 3.

Spokane Police Department Hosting Four Hiring Workshops

July 26 at 4:26 p.m. - Are you interested in becoming a police officer?

East Riverside will be home to two CSO tanks

July 24 at 3:48 p.m. - Construction gets under way on another new massive underground tank to keep combined wastewater and stormwater out of the Spokane River.

Invest With Us: Getting to Know Your Area Expert

July 21 at 1:17 p.m. - Melissa Owen is the East Sprague area expert!

North Spokane Corridor Community Engagement Plan Workshop

July 19 at 2:52 p.m. - Work on the North Spokane Corridor Design Continues

City Considering Utility Rates for 2018-2020

July 18 at 2:53 p.m. - Focus is on affordability and predictability with a new credit for vulnerable citizens proposed.

National Disability Voter Registration Week Starts Today!

July 17 at 4:52 p.m. - Citizens can register to vote during the July 17-21 campaign.

Discount Golf Passes Reward Frequent Flyers at City Courses

July 14 at 3:46 p.m. - Whether you play a little or a lot, there’s a discount card to help you save money on each round.

Touring the Tanks!

July 14 at 10:28 a.m. - Here’s a fresh look at some of the construction projects under way to improve the health of the Spokane River.

Mayor’s Minute: Economic area to grow jobs in Spokane

July 13 at 12:11 p.m. - Watch 1:43 - This week on the Mayor’s Minute, the city announced a new economic development area partnership on the West Plains that will jobs in the area.

Recognizing Spokane Public Defender Francis Adewale

July 12 at 3:47 p.m. - Francis Adewale helped shape Spokane’s Community Court.

Spokane Matters, Improving District 3

July 12 at 10:51 a.m. - Join us at the next District 3 meeting on September 6th.

Spokane Matters, Improving District 1

July 6 at 3:50 p.m. - Join us at the next District 1 meeting on July 26th

June

We’re All About the River!

June 28 at 3:57 p.m. - Watch 0:38 - The City teamed up with Spokane Indians Baseball to Rally for the River and Rally for the Redband!

Community Celebrates Grand Opening of Mission Park Ability Field

June 23 at 3:18 p.m. - Watch 0:50 - Spokane’s first fully adaptive ball field for athletes with disabilities is now open.

Pay-by-phone System for Utility Bills Improved

June 22 at 10:09 a.m. - The City of Spokane is updating its pay-by-phone system for utility bills; more credit cards will be accepted.

Downriver Golf Course Launches Pollinator Project

June 21 at 4:41 p.m. - Beehives have been placed at Downriver Golf Course to support local bee population.

Thank You Spokane Gives Volunteers

June 19 at 11:30 a.m. - Spokane Gives volunteers donated over 104,000 hours of service.

BECU Outdoor Movies Return to Riverfront Park

June 13 at 4:42 p.m. - Popular classics and recent blockbusters are playing in Riverfront Park’s Lilac Bowl this summer

Work Progresses on Howard Street Bridge South Project

June 9 at 4:52 p.m. - The 184-foot bridge is on track for completion this fall

The EPA Awards Spokane Three Brownfield Grants

June 9 at 4 p.m. - The $600,000 in grants will clean contaminated soil in Riverfront Park

Spokane Matters, Improving Each District

June 9 at 3:37 p.m. - Learn about the Spokane Matters pilot program!

Cleaner River work heads to TJ Meenach Drive

June 8 at 4:48 p.m. - Construction gets under way on another new massive underground tank to keep combined wastewater and stormwater out of the Spokane River.

Peaceful Valley Pilot Residential Parking Program

June 8 at 2:49 p.m. - Learn about the new parking pilot program at the next Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Council meeting on June 14.

Housing Quality Definitions & Standards – Community Forum

June 6 at 10:33 a.m. - Provide feedback on the housing quality definition and standards.

Schaeffer unanimously confirmed as fire chief

June 6 at 9:33 a.m. - The City Council unanimously confirmed Brian Schaeffer on Monday night as the new chief of the Spokane Fire Department.

City of Spokane Selling 6 CHHS-Owned Houses

June 5 at 3:36 p.m. - The Community, Housing and Human Services department is selling six renovated homes.

Spokane’s Annual Point-In-Time Homelessness Count Results

June 2 at 3:08 p.m. - Results from Spokane’s annual point-in-time homelessness count are now available!

Announcing Spokane Mayor's Urban Design Awards Call for Entries

June 1 at 9:08 a.m. - Watch 1:35 - An opportunity to celebrate people who are building the city of choice & making Spokane a more functional, beautiful, and inspiring city to live in.

May

Notify Me Spokane a Permit Alert System

May 26 at 3:36 p.m. - Sign up for permit alerts and stay up to date on construction in your neighborhood.

Invest with Us!

May 26 at 3:06 p.m. - How the City’s economic development team is helping grow business activity.

100 Day Challenge to House Youth and Young Adults

May 26 at 2:37 p.m. - Watch 2:13 - Find out how you can help Spokane house 100 youth in 100 days.

A look at Spokane Police Department’s 2017 Strategic Plan

May 26 at 11:39 a.m. - The 2017 Strategic Plan provides the framework for operations, work performance, and focus for every SPD employee.

Fix-It-Fest 2017 tackles street repair needs

May 26 at 9:07 a.m. - Watch 9:51 - The City launched an enhanced arterial street repair program to get a handle on weather-related damage

Spokane Urban Forestry Hosting Ponderosa Pine Contest

May 24 at 3:22 p.m. - Spokane’s Urban Forestry Citizen Advisory Committee & the Spokane Ponderosa Network are hosting a contest to raise awareness of the Ponderosa Pine.

City Considers Expansion of Parklet Program

May 23 at 4:29 p.m. - City of Spokane considering expansion of their Parklet and Streateries Program.

Concert in the Park

May 22 at 9:29 a.m. - This event is a special thank you to all the citizens that donate their time as law enforcement volunteers.

Get the Full “Lilac City” Experience at Manito’s Lilac Garden

May 19 at 3:54 p.m. - Don’t miss your chance to experience this garden while the lilacs are in full bloom!

Building Heights and Shading - Riverfront Park

May 19 at 2:37 p.m. - The City is studying the Spokane Municipal Code pertaining to building heights on Spokane Falls Blvd.

City Offering Business Registration Amnesty Program

May 18 at 5:25 p.m. - Program aims to register the City’s 3,000 delinquent businesses.

Join us at the ECCC RFP Community Meeting

May 17 at 3:07 p.m. - East Central Community Center will be transferring operations next year. Join us at the ECCC Request for Proposal Community Meeting

30th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

May 11 at 2:32 p.m. - A new K-9 memorial is unveiled.

Downtown Parking Meter Timestay Education and Amnesty Program

May 5 at 11:04 a.m. - Before plugging your meter check the timestay limit.

Improvements Underway at Comstock Park

May 4 at 1:57 p.m. - Park walkway improvements are underway at Comstock Park as part of a citywide installation and repair project.

Bloomsday is this weekend!

May 4 at 10:29 a.m. - Read this blog before heading downtown this weekend.

What’s the biggest construction project of all?

May 3 at 12:23 p.m. - Construction to add a third level of treatment at the Riverside Park Water Reclamation Facility trumps all other projects in size and scope.

License Your Pet Today

May 1 at 3:15 p.m. - In the month of May, SCRAPS will be waiving late fees and fines for those licensing their pets.

April

Donors Help Fund 14 Mini-Grants!

April 24 at 3:51 p.m. - Local businesses donate over $10,000 for local nonprofits.

City of Spokane Changes Special Events Insurance Requirement

April 24 at 3:07 p.m. - Minimum special events general liability insurance changes to $1 million.

Businesses are open during East Sprague construction!

April 24 at 2:04 p.m. - The revitalization of East Sprague will boost the business district and improve the public infrastructure.

Spokane Gives: Why Volunteer?

April 24 at 11:08 a.m. - Watch 1:39 - Week 4 of Spokane Gives month!

The City of Spokane Celebrates Net Zero Energy Consumption

April 21 at 3:52 p.m. - Happy Earth Day! Find out how the City is saving money and the environment.

License Your Pet, Avoid the Fine

April 21 at 1:55 p.m. - Watch 7:00 - SCRAPS will waive the late fees or fines for those licensing their pets in May.

Spokane Matters

April 17 at 3:14 p.m. - Learn about the City of Spokane pilot program, Spokane Matters.

City Will Transfer Operation of the East Central Community Center

April 17 at 2:52 p.m. - The City is seeking to transfer the operation of the ECCC by January 1, 2018.

Spokane Gives: Can You Make a Difference?

April 17 at 2:23 p.m. - Watch 2:06 - Week 3 of Spokane Give month!

Join a Spokane Gives Project

April 14 at 2:45 p.m. - It’s not too late to volunteer for a Spokane Gives project.

Learn About the City’s Continuum of Care Program

April 12 at 3:29 p.m. - With Continuum of Care, people experiencing homelessness are provided services that target their barriers and needs to achieving housing stability

How Can the City Improve its Response to Snow?

April 11 at 3:29 p.m. - Following a busy snow season, the City is seeking feedback from citizens on how to improve its snow response.

Spokane Gives: Why Do Businesses Participate?

April 10 at 2:58 p.m. - Watch 1:51 - Week 2 of Spokane Gives month!

Thank You Zags

April 4 at 6:23 p.m. - The GU basketball team made their way home today!

Spokane Gives Donations Needed

April 4 at 3:18 p.m. - City of Spokane seeking donations.

Spokane and Chapel Hill Mayors Make a Wager!

April 3 at 4:15 p.m. - We look forward to seeing Mayor Pam Hemminger of Chapel Hill, N.C. wear Gonzaga blue!

More Improvements for 37th Avenue

April 3 at 3:15 p.m. - Improvements coming to 37th Avenue

Improvements Coming to the East Sprague Area

April 3 at 2:55 p.m. - Sprague Avenue revitalization starts today!

March

Pay-by-Phone Meter Parking

March 31 at 3:42 p.m. - The pay-by-phone parking meter option is coming back!

Fix a Leak; Help the River

March 31 at 3:10 p.m. - City joins state program that encourages citizens fix vehicle leaks.

Riverfront Park Redevelopment Myths Debunked

March 29 at 1:53 p.m. - With any high-profile project, some inaccuracies eventually spring up and spread. Here are a few we’ve come across.

Cleaning from the Corridor

March 29 at 11:53 a.m. - Spokane Gives volunteers to help clean Monroe Street and Emerson-Garfield neighborhood.

Spokane Gives; What is the Community Impact?

March 28 at 2:51 p.m. - Watch 1:38 - April is #SpokaneGives month. Positively impact the Spokane community during Spokane Gives month.

Mayor Condon Announces the Start of Construction Season

March 28 at 2:08 p.m. - Spokane will see $100 million in new construction projects this year.

SPD Cultural Audit

March 24 at 5:16 p.m. - Watch 46:06 - GU, City discuss study

Spokane Falls Blvd to Close for CSO 26 Construction

March 24 at 3:52 p.m. - CSO 26 will help create a Cleaner River Faster.

Good News for the North Spokane Corridor

March 23 at 10:15 a.m. - The latest on the North Spokane Corridor.

Local Students Learn about City Technology

March 22 at 11:43 a.m. - Watch 0:50 - City of Spokane hosts STEM students

Use Caution around the Spokane River

March 21 at 5:22 p.m. - City warning citizens about Spokane River dangers.

Why Spokane Gives?

March 20 at 4:20 p.m. - April is #SpokaneGives month. Give back to your community during Spokane Gives.

Mayor announces Spokane Ride to Care

March 13 at 4:39 p.m. - Watch 16:16 - Spokane Ride to Care connects patients to the right healthcare resources.

The Week of the Irish

March 10 at 3:48 p.m. - Today is the first day of Irish Week!

Day in the Life of the Historic Preservation Office

March 8 at 4:45 p.m. - Historic Preservation Office helps uncover Spokane’s history.

75th Anniversary of Fairchild Air Force Base

March 6 at 5:05 p.m. - Fairchild Air Force Base celebrates 75 years of service!

Spokane’s First Day Shelter Opens

March 3 at 5:05 p.m. - The City of Spokane celebrates the opening of Open Doors shelter.

Your City. Your Safety.

March 3 at 4:42 p.m. - Spokane Solid Waste Collection and Spokane Police Department are joining forces.

Here Comes the University District Gateway Bridge!

March 2 at 9:29 a.m. - Construction is slated to begin in mid-March on this long-awaited connection for pedestrians and cyclists.

February

The 2017 Annual Action Plan Draft is Now Available

Feb. 28 at 5:05 p.m. - The 2017 Annual Action Plan Addresses Community, Housing, and Homelessness. Share your input by April 5th!

Shaping Spokane Complete Draft Now Available

Feb. 27 at 11:59 a.m. - Share your feedback on the Shaping Spokane plan!

Filling Spokane’s Potholes

Feb. 24 at 3:35 p.m. - Watch 34:45 - Report potholes online or by calling 311!

Becoming a City of Spokane Firefighter

Feb. 24 at 2:36 p.m. - Are you interested in becoming a firefighter?

Join us at a Shaping Spokane Open House

Feb. 24 at 9:21 a.m. - We need your feedback on the Shaping Spokane plan!

Homeless Learning Tour

Feb. 23 at 4:20 p.m. - City officials visited three cities to learn about their homeless services.

Dead Trees around City Preserved to Support Local Wildlife

Feb. 21 at 4:37 p.m. - City of Spokane Urban Forestry has begun selectively preserving standing dead trees around the city as wildlife trees.

Construction on CSO 24 Has Begun

Feb. 15 at 4:20 p.m. - City of Spokane building its largest CSO tank ever!

City of Spokane launches My Spokane 311

Feb. 10 at 2:50 p.m. - My Spokane 311 is live!

Comprehensive Plan Update Coming to Plan Commission

Feb. 7 at 11:37 a.m. - The Shaping Spokane plan is headed to a Plan Commission hearing.

2017 Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference

Feb. 6 at 2:50 p.m. - Registration for the 2017 Inland Northwest Fair Housing Conference is open!

January

City of Spokane Hiring both Police Officers and Firefighters

Jan. 30 at 11:38 a.m. - City of Spokane offering free public safety testing

Dwight Merkel Sports Complex Gets Cross-Country Ski Track

Jan. 24 at 2:40 p.m. - City of Spokane Parks & Recreation has teamed up with Spokane’s Nordic community to create a cross-country ski track at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

Restaurant Success Story: MOD Pizza

Jan. 23 at 5:17 p.m. - MOD Pizza is part of Spokane's amazing family of restaurants, and we want YOUR new restaurant to be the latest member.

Salvation Army Hosting Homeless Connect

Jan. 20 at 11:43 a.m. - Homeless Connect, will connect homeless individuals with service providers

North Spokane Corridor Update

Jan. 20 at 9:02 a.m. - North Spokane Corridor funded for construction between 2017 and 2029.

Help with the Melt: Find Your Storm Drain

Jan. 18 at 10:51 a.m. - Wastewater crews are working to deal with standing water as snow melts

The Friends of Manito Presents: Violets & Valentines!

Jan. 13 at 2:22 p.m. - Curate a personalized gift just for your sweetheart at The Friends of Manito’s “Violets and Valentines!" event.

Downtown Plowing Starts Tonight

Jan. 10 at 4:21 p.m. - Please remove cars from downtown parking.

City Seeking Donations for the Homeless Population

Jan. 6 at 2:44 p.m. - The City of Spokane needs your help!

Lots of ways to celebrate MLK Day in 2017!

Jan. 4 at 3:13 p.m. - Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides us with an opportunity get involved