Parks & Recreation Department News Releases for 2016


Riverfront Park Offering Free and Affordable Holiday Entertainment

Dec. 22 at 10:52 a.m. - Free and low-cost Riverfront Park activities will keep your family entertained over the 2016 holiday break.

2016 Manito Park Gaiser Conservatory Holiday Lights

Dec. 21 at 10:15 a.m. - Enjoy the spectacular lights indoors!

New Golf Pro Selected for Esmeralda

Dec. 20 at 2:22 p.m. - Park Board has approved a Professional Services Contract with Rob Sanders, PGA to serve as new Head Golf Professional at Esmeralda Golf Course.

Site Preparation to Begin at Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park

Dec. 2 at 4:39 p.m. - As Riverfront Park redevelopment progresses, site preparation will start Dec. 5 at the Looff Carrousel. The Carrousel will remain open until Jan. 2.


Park Board Accepts EWU Students’ Vision for Sky Prairie Park

Nov. 30 at 3:13 p.m. - Park Board accepted a Master Plan prepared by EWU students as a vision for Sky Prairie. The plan will guide development as funds become available.

Riverfront Park Hours During Thanksgiving Week

Nov. 22 at 3:37 p.m. - The SkyRide, Carrousel, and Ice Palace will be open Wednesday, Nov. 23. Attractions will be closed Thanksgiving, and resume normal hours Friday.


First ability ballfield in Spokane breaks ground Wednesday

Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. - Mission Park Ability Ballfield will open summer 2017

Park Board to consider new names for Canada Island in Riverfront Park

Oct. 20 at 8:25 a.m. - Park Board will consider a resolution to begin the process for renaming Canada Island in Riverfront Park, with the Canadian Government’s blessing.

2017 Manito Calendar Available

Oct. 17 at 10:35 a.m. - The Friends of Manito 2017 calendar featuring beautiful pictures of Manito Park is now available, and makes a great gift!

Riverfront Park closes attractions for summer 2017

Oct. 14 at 4:06 p.m. - Facing decreased use during construction, Riverfront Park closes Pavilion attractions for summer 2017. Paths, greens space and events remain open.

Fall Leaf Festival at Finch Arboretum Saturday, October 22

Oct. 14 at 2:47 p.m. - The trees are lighting up, naturally! Mother Nature is doing her best to paint the Arboretum in anticipation of Spokane’s annual celebration of fall.

Park Board considers adoption of 2017 budget

Oct. 11 at 4:37 p.m. - After meeting today, the Finance Committee of the City of Spokane Park Board is recommending the 2017 Parks and Recreation budget to the Park Board.


Gondola Meadow re-opens while construction is deferred a few months

Sept. 23 at 6:18 p.m. - Construction of the recreational ice ribbon will begin a couple months later than anticipated; the new opening timeline is fall 2017 for ice skating.

Chinese Lantern Festival Returns to Riverfront Park Friday, Sept. 16

Sept. 13 at 4:58 p.m. - The Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival, presented by Avista, opens Friday, September 16 in Riverfront Park and runs through Sunday, October 30.

Meejin Yoon selected as Lead Artist for Riverfront Park Redevelopment

Sept. 13 at 12:47 p.m. - Spokane Parks & Recreation and Spokane Arts are pleased to announce the lead artist has been selected for Riverfront Park Redevelopment: Meejin Yoon

Upper Falls Reservoir lowered to accommodate S. Howard St. Bridge work

Sept. 9 at 12:06 p.m. - On behalf of the City, Avista plans to draw the Upper Falls Reservoir down 1.25’ beginning September 12 for bridge work.

Downriver Golf Course Celebrates 100 with $10 Rounds and Free Lessons

Sept. 2 at 2:58 p.m. - Downriver celebrates 100 years on Friday, September 16 with $10 rounds, free lessons, games, prizes, live music, food and drinks.


Riverfront Park bridge demolition re-routes pathway

Aug. 11 at 3:22 p.m. - Detours in place for pedestrians and bikes


Free Swim Week August 1 – 6

July 14 at 5:13 p.m. - City of Spokane pools are offering a free swim week, thanks to a sponsorship by the Spokane Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 29 and Central Lions Club.

Archaeological Survey in Riverfront Park Begins Monday, July 18

July 13 at 4:53 p.m. - Archaeological testing is being conducted beginning Monday, July 18 as part of site preparation for Riverfront Park redevelopment. It lasts 2-4 weeks.

New Summer Offers at Riverfront Park

July 6 at 4:31 p.m. - Check out our free summer lunchtime "Take a Break" series, or purchase a Fab 5 ticket for a savings of up to 41% off five awesome activities.

Site Preparation Begins in Riverfront Park Redevelopment

July 5 at 4:56 p.m. - As Riverfront Park redevelopment prepares to break ground with a kickoff event July 8, tree protection and removal will begin soon after on July 11.


Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival Saturday, July 9

June 30 at 3:03 p.m. - Outdoor Activities, Bike and Paddleboard Demos, 40+ Exhibitors, Live Music, a Beer Garden and More at Camp Sekani Park on the Spokane River

4th of July Celebration at Riverfront Park

June 27 at 5:15 p.m. - Riverfront Park is celebrating the 4th of July with a day of family-friendly activities and a spectacular fireworks show sponsored by A to Z Rental.

Riverfront Park Kicks Off Construction with a Party in the Park July 8

June 23 at 9:53 a.m. - Riverfront Park is having a construction kickoff to celebrate groundbreaking for redevelopment on Friday, July 8 from 3-8 p.m.

Riverfront Park Rotary Fountain Running Again

June 10 at 12:30 p.m. - Riverfront Park’s iconic Rotary Fountain is repaired and running.

Riverfront Park Weekend Events

June 1 at 4:08 p.m. - The Farmers Market opens, Fountain Café serves breakfast, and in honor of D-Day Monday - a free IMAX showing of the movie


Golf 1916-style: Downriver Celebrates 100 with Hickory Tournament

May 12 at 11:58 a.m. - Downriver Golf Course celebrates 100 years in July with a vintage-style tournament using hickory clubs – the kind used when Downriver opened in 1916.

Riverfront Park Celebrates National Train Day with Half Price Rides

May 6 at 8:30 a.m. - Monday, May 9, Riverfront Park offers $3 train & $5 SkyRide/train tickets. The first 100 kids ages 6 and under receive a free train-themed BNSF gift.

Riverfront Park Provides Free Day Passes for Mother’s Day

May 5 at 12:20 p.m. - On Sunday, May 8, Riverfront Park will honor mothers with a free day pass, including the SkyRide – a retail value of $26.


Spokane celebrates 59th Arbor Day

April 29 at 9:30 a.m. - On April 29, Mayor Condon will kick off an Arbor Day Celebration by helping plant a tree at a citizen’s home and reading the Arbor Day proclamation.

Spokane to be honored as Tree City USA

April 25 at 9:30 a.m. - On Saturday, April 30, Mayor David Condon will celebrate Arbor Day at Finch Arboretum.

The Bearing sculpture considered for placement along Centennial Trail

April 11 at 3:36 p.m. - The recommendation for the Bearing sculpture placement will be reviewed at the next Park Board meeting, and public comment is welcome.


Gaiser Conservatory to be closed for two days

March 15 at 11:48 a.m. - The Gaiser Conservatory at Spokane’s Manito Park is scheduled to be closed Wednesday and Thursday for repairs to a damaged roof vent.

Manito Park, Boulevard Placed on National Register for Historic Places

March 9 at 9:30 a.m. - Manito Park and Manito Boulevard have been officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


View Riverfront Park Design Progress

Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. - City of Spokane Parks and Recreation is hosting a Riverfront Park Redevelopment Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 at City Hall.

Riverfront Park Job Fair is Saturday

Feb. 2 at 10:42 a.m. - Riverfront Park’s 24th Annual Job Fair is Saturday, Feb. 6 in the IMAX Theatre main pavilion area from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Contract approved for new head golf pro at Indian Canyon

Jan. 19 at 2:45 p.m. - The Park Board has approved a Professional Services Contract with Spokane native Doug Phares.