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Manito Park

Manito Park was officially established in April 1904 and has evolved from an undeveloped recreational area with a few flower beds, picnic spots, and a zoo to one of Spokane's primary showplaces. Comprised of five major garden areas (the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden, Duncan Garden, Rose Hill, Lilac Garden and Ferris Perennial Garden), Manito Park is nationally recognized for its diverse horticultural displays. View A Walking Tour of Manito Park Brochure (PDF 1.2 MB) to locate your favorite gardens.

The Parks and Recreation Department maintains Manito Park's 78 acres of native and cultivated landscape and 20 acres of world class botanical gardens. Other Manito Park features include: Mirror Pond, a favorite of those who enjoy watching ducks and other water fowl; the Park Bench Café, open in season for light meals; Loop Drive and Bridge, offering majestic views of the Rose Garden; Upper and Lower Playgrounds – a favorite gathering spot of children; and the large basalt rock office building constructed in 1912. Central to the Park is the Gaiser Conservatory, where beautiful flowing displays change seasonally.

View a Slideshow featuring beautiful images of each of the gardens found in Manito Park.

Interactive Map

Park Bench Cafe

Hours:

  • Monday 8AM - 7PM
  • Tuesday 8AM -7PM
  • Wednesday 8AM -7PM
  • Thursday 8AM - 7PM
  • Friday 8AM - 8PM
  • Saturday 8AM - 7PM
  • Sunday 8AM - 7PM

Manito Park Bench Cafe, located between Mirror Pond and the Joel E. Ferris Perennial Garden, opens from late May to late September each year, serving our loyal and new guests with Rockwood Bakery pastries, fresh made sandwiches, wraps, salad, espresso drinks and much more.

Friday Night Music Series at the Park Bench Cafe

Enjoy free live music at the Park Bench Café every Friday, all summer long! Presented by No-Li Brewhouse and Riverfront Park. For more information please call 509.456.4349.

Date Time Musician
June 9 6:00pm - 8:00pm Just Plain Darin
June 16 CANCELED Wyatt Wood
June 23 6:00pm - 8:00pm Blue Water Strangers
July 30 6:00pm - 8:00pm Paul Grove
July 7 6:00pm - 8:00pm Brad Keeler Trio-Band
July 14 6:00pm - 8:00pm Laddie Ray Melvin
July 21 6:00pm - 8:00pm Paul Grove
July 28 6:00pm - 8:00pm Wyatt Wood
Aug. 4 6:00pm - 8:00pm Michael Keleren
Aug. 11 6:00pm - 8:00pm Daniel Hall
Aug. 18 6:00pm - 8:00pm Just Plain Darin

The Friends of Manito

The Friends of Manito (TFM) is a non-profit group that supports Manito Park by providing funds for improvements for the general enhancement of Manito Park. Three major plant sales are given each year with approximately 100 volunteers working months before to prepare the plant material - making the events the premier plant sales for Spokane gardeners. Throughout the year, TFM also offers educational programs to further promote the community's use and enjoyment of Manito Park. Since their beginning, TFM has contributed over $525,000 to Manito Park.

Awards and Recognition

In 2009, Manito Park was identified as “Best of Attractions - Spokane, Washington” by UpTake.com. UpTake.com awards are based on a careful analysis of customer reviews and expert ratings from across the web, collected from over 5,000 different websites and millions of customer opinions.

In 2007, Rose Hill was named number one in the nation by All-America Rose Selections (AARS), a nonprofit association dedicated to the introduction and promotion of exceptional roses.

Mirror Pond

The pond in Manito Park, originally a natural lake called Mirror Lake, would dry up during summer months. To prevent that a concrete base was eventually installed and, as the pond then stayed full year round, canoes could be rented on site. From 1905-1907 a dance hall was opened on one side of the pond and open air movies were shown nearby.