A look back: 2012-2019

The City has worked tirelessly to accomplish all the major aims that were laid out eight years ago. Take a look at the progress and accomplishments from this timeline highlighting the key initiative for each by color.

  • Safe & Healthy
  • Innovative Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Resources
  • Urban Experience
October 2019

The last of two dozen underground storage tanks to reduce overflows from combined sewers was celebrated. The system cost about $180 million and has storage capacity for about 16 million gallons of combined wastewater.

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September 2019

An updated Pavilion and renovated Central Green opened to fanfare in Riverfront Park, creating a venue for events and the City's gathering place.

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August 2019

The Spokane Public Library eliminated fines for overdue books and other materials.

May 2019

A WheelShare program was launched, allowing residents and visitors to rent electric scooters and e-bikes for a small fee. The "Lime" program was instantly popular.

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April 2019

A bill to create a program for supervision of vehicle theft offenders was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, following a strong effort by City appointed and elected leaders.

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January 2019

A new Supportive Employment Program began at the City, creating job opportunities for eligible individuals with disabilities.

December 2018

The University District Gateway Bridge spanning the railroad viaduct for pedestrians and cyclists opened in the University District.

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November 2018

Voters approved bond measures to update the City's library system and support new and renovated middle schools through a land swap. The measures were a partnership between the City and Spokane Public Schools.

September 2018

A revitalized North Monroe Street from Indiana to Kiernan streets reopened to traffic, following a project designed to improve safety, neighborhood vitality, and business health.

July 2018

The City completed the replacement of all remaining lead service lines in the City's water system, addressing a potential public health concern. Some 486 service lines were replaced over 2 years.

March 2018

Spokane Parks and Recreation announces free swimming at all City pools.

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December 2017

The Numerica Skate Ribbon opened in Riverfront Park, the first of many new or revitalized elements of the voter-approved park improvement project.

September 2017

A revitalized East Sprague Avenue from Helena to Stone streets reopened to traffic, following final work on a major project to rehabilitate Lincoln and Monroe streets downtown.

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September 2017

A campaign called Give Real Change was created to encourage people to give to organizations who assist vulnerable individuals rather than directly to panhandlers. Around $20,000 has been raised since its inception.

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April 2017

The City documented that it is net energy positive. The green energy generation— primarily at its Waste to Energy Facility and Upriver Dam—exceeds its total use of electricity, natural gas and fuel.

February 2017

The City launched My Spokane 311, a citywide customer service center that allows residents to reach customer service by phone, internet, text and in person.

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November 2016

East Main Avenue business and property owners gathered to celebrate a new design for Main Avenue from Browne Street to Pine Avenue that enhanced the business environment, improved the pedestrian experience and made it easier to park. Angled, center parking was a highlight.

September 2016

Urbanova, Spokane's Smart Cities living laboratory, was formally established in the University District.

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November 2015

Employees from all disciplines within the City joined in the effort to respond to the impacts of a major windstorm that left thousands without power for days.

November 2015

The City's first Pedestrian Master Plan was adopted, prioritizing improvements for its walking environment.

August 2015

The new Spokane Central Service Center, housing the City's Fleet Services and Solid Waste Collections operations, opened in the Chief Garry Neighborhood. The move also accommodated the use of garbage trucks fueled by compressed natural gas.

November 2014

Voters approved a 20-year street levy with a focus on arterial streets and a $64 million bond to rehabilitate Riverfront Park.

September 2014

Spokane police officers wore body cameras for the first time as part of a pilot program. The cameras are now standard.

May 2014

With leadership from the City and the County, the Spokane Regional Law & Justice Council was established to take on the important issue of improving the criminal justice system and its outcomes.

May 2014

The Integrated Clean Water Plan, detailing $350 million in projects to improve the health of the Spokane River, was adopted.

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April 2014

A new focus on volunteerism and philanthropy called Spokane Gives encouraged people to donate their time, talent and treasure during the month of April. In 2019, the program recorded 125,000 hours of service by 20,000 volunteers.

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March 2014

A program to add 10,000 trees in the City over two years launched to enhance the street canopy and assist with stormwater management.

December 2013

Community Court convened for the first time at the Downtown Spokane Public Library. This Spokane Municipal Court program seeks to reduce and properly address quality of life offenses in the city core.

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November 2013

A new commitment was made to maintain the affordability of City utility rates, limiting rate increases to no more than 2.9 percent annually for 20 years.

September 2013

A pilot program to improve emergency response put alternative response units into the field in Spokane. These smaller vehicles go to non-life threatening medical emergencies, keeping larger fire vehicles available for more critical situations.

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October 2012

Summer Police Activities League was created to engage youth in positive athletic, academic and community service programs and build relationships between youth and the Spokane Police Department.

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October 2012

The picnic shelter at Mission Park was dedicated to honor the memory of Otto Zehm, helping to bring closure for the community and a new era of police reform/oversight.

October 2012

Single-stream recycling was launched, allowing customers to recycle more materials using a new large blue cart picked up by automated trucks.

April 2012

A revised water consumption rate structure was rolled out to provide customers with more affordable and predictable billing, while still encouraging conservation.

January 2012

A citizen Use of Force Commission was developed to evaluate and improve the Police Department's approach to use of force.