The Spokane Parks and Natural Lands Master Plan will guide the Parks and Recreation Department's focus and direction over the next decade and beyond.

The Master Plan is taking a fresh look at Spokane's Parks and Natural Lands system, and will incorporate strategies to identify and address gaps and to develop park programming and partnerships to enhance recreational offerings. The final plan document will express an ambitious vision for what we want to achieve as a community, with clear actions to make it a reality. The planning process seeks to be inclusive and engage the entire community, providing a variety of opportunities for people to share their desires and ideas.

Your City Your Playground

Nestled along the serene Spokane River and in all directions from its urban skyline lie more than 4,100 acres of protected green space. This is the City of Spokane's park system.

The initial parks plan was drawn up by the legendary Olmsted Brothers under the direction of the Spokane Park Board, whose members determined that Spokane be a model of modern park planning.

The City of Spokane Parks and Natural Lands Master Plan aims to preserve the great foundation laid out by the Olmsted Brothers and founding members of the Spokane Park Board while looking to the future of our urban playground as it best suits current-day and future citizens of Spokane.

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City of Spokane Park Board has adopted the Parks & Natural Lands Master Plan in June of 2022. The plan was created from extensive feedback from more than 5,300 residents at 26 engagement opportunities over the past year and a half! View the Adopted Master Plan and related documents.

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Building on a Legacy

Parks constitute one of the best means of drawing people out-of-doors. Mothers resort to parks with their little babies and children under the school age, because they can do so with a feeling of safety and pleasure. School children are attracted to parks mainly for active play. Young men and young women go to parks for tennis, baseball, sociable walking together, or even for solitary enjoyment of the beauties of nature.

Olmsted Brothers Report
Report of the Board of park commissioners
Spokane Washington [1913]


Phase I - Inventory & Assessment

February to June 2021

Focus Groups & Stakeholder Interviews


Phase II - Creating a Needs Assessment

May to September

Community Surveys & Pop-Up Events

July - August

Pop-Up Events

July - August

Phase III - Concepts & Draft Plan Development

September to January

Community and Neighborhood Workshops


Phase IV - Draft Plan Release

May - June

Community Outreach

May - June

Plan Adoption

June 2022