Parks & Recreation Department News Releases for 2013


Learn to skate at the Ice Palace

Dec. 30 at 10:09 a.m. - Learn to skate at the Ice Palace by registering for ice skating lessons. Lessons begin January 11, 2014.

There's lots to do in Riverfront Park this holiday season

Dec. 27 at 1:14 p.m. - Join us now for the most fun around! Check out all of the exciting activities that are available through the end of the year.

One last chance to view Manito Park Holiday Lights display

Dec. 26 at 9:50 a.m. - You're invited to view the 2013 Holiday Lights display at Manito Park’s Gaiser Conservatory one last time from December 26-31 at 12:00-3:30 PM

Give the gift of golf

Dec. 18 at 10:07 a.m. - Give the gift of golf with a 4-play golf pass.

Give the gift of a tree

Dec. 11 at 11:22 a.m. - Give the gift of having a tree planted in a City of Spokane park in honor of a person, family, group, or business for $350.

Holiday gift ideas part two

Dec. 11 at 9:22 a.m. - Spokane Parks and Recreation's recommendations for fun and unique holiday gifts.

North Pole Express media preview

Dec. 10 at 10:01 a.m. - The North Pole Express, a 75-minute holiday train ride through Riverfront Park, media preview is on December 11, 2013 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.

Holiday Lights display at the Gaiser Conservatory opens this weekend

Dec. 9 at 10:35 a.m. - Visit the Holiday Lights at Manito Park's Gaiser Conservatory from Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Climb aboard the Riverfront Park North Pole Express

Nov. 26 at 4:13 p.m. - The North Pole Express is a 75-minute holiday train ride through Riverfront Park with story-telling and caroling

Therapeutic recreation ski/snowboard programs recruiting volunteers

Nov. 26 at 9 a.m. - Therapeutic Recreation Services ski/snowboard programs, Powderhounds Downhill, Nordic Blue Waxers, and Adaptive Ski/Board, are recruiting volunteers

Quinn Group wins award for "Date Pass" commercial

Nov. 22 at 1:09 p.m. - Quinn Group won Top Brass Ring award for Riverfront Park "Date Pass" commercial

Become a confident gardener with this free lecture

Nov. 6 at 10:43 a.m. - Steve Nokes, Master Gardener, shares tips to becoming a confident gardener in a free lecture on November 16 at 10:00 AM in the Manito Meeting Room

Four Spokane golf courses get ready for winter

Nov. 4 at 4:26 p.m. - Spokane city golf courses prepare to close for winter.

Public open house riverfront park master plan

Nov. 4 at 12:42 p.m. - Riverfront Park Master Plan 2014 Public Open House will be held on November 6, 2013 from 4:00-5:30 pm at the Spokane Public Library, Meeting Room 1A


Official 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree on display, November 5th

Oct. 30 at 12:46 p.m. - The official 2013 US Capitol Christmas Tree, from the Colville National Forest in Washington State, will be on display in downtown Spokane on Nov 5th

Help support therapeutic recreation sport programs

Oct. 30 at 11:22 a.m. - Therapeutic recreation staff and volunteers are planning an all you can eat breakfast to raise funds for TRS Sport Programs, Sunday, November 3

All you can eat breakfast for a good cause

Oct. 29 at 12:35 p.m. - Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) staff and volunteers are planning a fantastic all you can eat breakfast to raise funds for TRS Sport Programs

The annual Fall Leaf Festival is this Saturday

Oct. 24 at 1:06 p.m. - The annual Fall Leaf Festival is this Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Finch Arboretum from 11 am to 2 pm

Ice Palace opens Wednesday

Oct. 21 at 2:01 p.m. - The Ice Palace in Riverfront Park opens Wednesday October 23, 2013 and will remain open until March 2, 2014

Parks and Recreation partners with Mount Spokane Ski Patrol

Oct. 21 at 11:21 a.m. - Spokane Parks and Recreation is partnering with Mt Spokane Ski Patrol at the 49th Annual Ski Swap located at the Spokane Fair and Expo center

City Golf celebration ceremony and special pricing

Oct. 16 at 10:09 a.m. - On October 16, the four Spokane City golf courses held a “Burn the Mortgage Party” to celebrate the final payment on the Creek at Qualchan bond.

Ice Palace opens October 23

Oct. 14 at 2:31 p.m. - Featuring the most public skating in Spokane, ice skating begins October 23 and runs through March 2 at the Ice Palace in Riverfront Park.

Fall Leaf Festival on October 26

Oct. 14 at 10:37 a.m. - Volunteers from local organizations will be at the annual Fall Leaf Festival on October 26, at the John A. Finch Arboretum, 1299 South F Street

Burning of the bond at the creek at Qualchan

Oct. 14 at 10:36 a.m. - The Parks and Recreation Golf Committee will be holding a “burning of the bond ceremony” following their monthly committee meeting right at 9 a.m.

Tour Spokane's Youth and Senior Centers

Oct. 7 at 1:06 p.m. - Tour all nine of Spokane's youth and senior centers, learn about Project Joy, and participate in some of their many activities.

Riverfront Park and Quinn Group up for award

Oct. 2 at 11:50 a.m. - Riverfront Park’s TV commercial “Date Pass” is a finalist for the “Brass Ring Award for Marketing Excellence” in the television commercial category.


Riverfront Park Master Plan 2014

Sept. 23 at 2:07 p.m. - The Riverfront Park Master Plan Citizen Advisory Committee will be hosting an evening dialogue with three experts on the origins of EXPO '74.

Fall Corbin Art Center classes

Sept. 19 at 2:33 p.m. - Programs to be held at Corbin Art Center, 507 W 7th Ave. Classes are sponsored by the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department.

Friends of Manito annual Children's Renaissance Faire

Sept. 17 at 2:23 p.m. - The Friends of Manito's annual free Children’s Renaissance Faire is Saturday, Sept 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Manito Park, east of Duncan Garden.

Put the Gardens to Bed Moore-Turner Gardens fundraiser

Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m. - Join the Friends of Moore-Turner for an evening of wine, cheese, and socializing on Thursday, Sept. 26, 5 – 8 p.m. at the Corbin Art Center.

Sign up for the 5th annual Sekani Trail Run

Sept. 16 at 10:29 a.m. - Sign up for the 5th annual Sekani Trail run now. 5k/10k race October 5 - $17 before 9/24 - all ages

Division Street boat in and out moves forward

Sept. 13 at 12:55 p.m. - The Park Board approved a resolution yesterday that conditionally allows the PFD to temporarily close the Centennial Trail and complete the project.

Friends of Moore Turner Put the Gardens to Bed annual fundraiser

Sept. 10 at 11:14 a.m. - The Friends of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens invite the community to the annual Put the Gardens to Bed event. Thursday, September 26, 2013, 5-8 pm

Spring Bulbs at the Friends of Manito Plant Sale

Sept. 5 at 10:02 a.m. - Fabulous Spring Bulbs at the Friends of Manito 2013 Fall Plant Sale.

Friends of Manito Fall Plant Sale

Sept. 4 at 9:22 a.m. - The Friends of Manito are thrilled to present a large selection of plant varieties at their 2013 Fall Plant Sale. Saturday, September 7 9:00am-4:00pm.


Most park restrooms to close September 3

Aug. 29 at 11:01 a.m. - Restrooms in most City of Spokane parks will close for the season on Tuesday, September 3, the day after Labor Day.

Field renovations underway at Franklin Park

Aug. 28 at 12:49 p.m. - Work is underway at the Franklin Park Softball Complex that will result in major improvements to the fields themselves.

Pig Out in the Park opens today

Aug. 28 at 10:35 a.m. - Pig Out in the Park, the annual food and music extravaganza in Spokane’s Riverfront Park over Labor Day weekend, opens today.

Final Doggie Dip tonight, 5-8 pm

Aug. 27 at 11:47 a.m. - Final Parks and Recreation Doggie Dip , tonight, Hillyard Aquatic Center - 5 to 8 pm.

New Fall Recreation Guide debuts this weekend

Aug. 26 at 3:13 p.m. - New Fall Recreation Guide debuts this weekend. Find it in your mail mailbox or online at

Tomorrow is final swim day for 2013 season

Aug. 23 at 10:09 a.m. - To close out the season, the Spokane Central Lions Club is sponsoring a FREE swim day from 1 - 4 p.m. at A.M. Cannon Aquatic Center.

It's Pow Wow Weekend in Spokane

Aug. 22 at 3:35 p.m. - The Spokane Falls Northwest Indian Encampment & Pow Wow bring to life significant cultural celebration on August 23rd and 24th in Riverfront Park.

SpokAnimal Dog Park fundraiser

Aug. 22 at 9:44 a.m. - The pools have gone to the dogs, a fundraiser for the SpokAnimal Dog Park at High Bridge.

Final free swim day is August 24th

Aug. 21 at 10:05 a.m. - It’s been a great season and now the final day to swim in City is August 24th at the Cannon Aquatic Center.

Summer fun in Riverfront Park through Labor Day

Aug. 21 at 10:01 a.m. - Summer fun will continue in the park until Monday, September 2.

Our pools are going to the dogs

Aug. 20 at 9:44 a.m. - All well mannered dogs and their humans are welcome to attend.

Two more weeks of IMAX

Aug. 19 at 11:19 a.m. - Two more weeks of IMAX until we are closed for the season.

All ages swim free in City of Spokane pools

Aug. 19 at 10:11 a.m. - Today's the day - all ages swim free in City of Spokane pools, 1 - 4 pm

Spokane Firefighters Local 29 sponsors free swim day CORRECTION

Aug. 16 at 3:35 p.m. - Spokane Firefighters Union IAFF, Local 29 sponsors free swim day.

Spokane Firefighters Local 29 sponsors free swimming

Aug. 16 at 3:33 p.m. - Spokane Firefighters Union IAFF, Local 29 sponsors free swim day.

Spokane firefighters and Central Lions sponsor free swims

Aug. 6 at 1:16 p.m. - It’s been a great aquatics season and now the last day to swim in City of Spokane Aquatics Centers is August 24th.

Riverfront Park features pony rides

Aug. 1 at 2:23 p.m. - Riverfront Park continues to feature live pony rides for kids at the park on Saturdays and Sundays.

Speed and excitement at the IMAX

Aug. 1 at 2:21 p.m. - Wolverine doesn't have a corner on the market of speed and danger. This summer, the IMAX Theatre hosts three big-screen tales.

Venue change for youth symphony performance

Aug. 1 at 2:09 p.m. - Media advisory - venue change for tonight’s Kids Helping Kids youth symphony performance