Parks & Recreation Department News Releases for 2018


Aquatic Centers, Equipment Maintenance Shop Receive 5-star Enviro Cert

Nov. 15 at 3:12 p.m. - Certification recognizes businesses that put practices and policies in place to properly manage hazardous wastes and conserve resources.

Skate Ribbon Opens for Ice Skating Saturday, November 17, 2018

Nov. 13 at 9:47 a.m. - Ice skate downtown among the lights at Spokane’s unique outdoor urban skating experience.


Dr. Suzan Entwistle Marshall, wife of Dr. John Marshall, donates art

Oct. 24 at 2:52 p.m. - A sculpture to celebrate family will be unveiled near the Centennial Trail by Kendall Yards, on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 1 P.M.

“Spooky Looff” – Teens-Only Event Saturday

Oct. 19 at 11:49 a.m. - Take a spin on the Spooky Looff and hang out with Z Nation zombies at Riverfront’s first teen-only event at the Looff Carrousel.

Riverfront Redevelopment Open House Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Oct. 18 at 12:48 p.m. - Riverfront Redevelopment Open House: progress on construction, preliminary concepts for the North Bank including the destination playground.

Fall Weekend Events at Riverfront Park

Oct. 11 at 12:40 p.m. - Two events at Riverfront this weekend provide free and affordable family entertainment. Join us to celebrate fall!


Friday Night Flights in Riverfront Park

Sept. 21 at 1:17 p.m. - Take flight on September 21 and 28, 2018!

Conservation Site in Riverfront Named for Bill Fearn, former Director

Sept. 6 at 3:04 p.m. - Spokane Parks and Recreation will name the former YMCA site in Riverfront Park after former Parks and Recreation Director (1965 – 1980) Bill Fearn.

Robert Trent Jones II Developing Master Plan for Golf Improvements

Sept. 5 at 10:06 a.m. - The master plans will help guide facility improvements beyond irrigation needs and provide a road map for future refinements


Air quality impacts for Parks & Recreation activities

Aug. 20 at 10:59 a.m. - Poor air quality is causing changes and closures across areas of City of Spokane Parks and Recreation. We will continue to monitor the air quality.

New Bungee Trampoline Opens in Riverfront Park

Aug. 17 at 11:36 a.m. - A new attraction is open in Riverfront Park, giving visitors another way to soar through the air.


Glover Field Park & Peaceful Valley Riverwalk renamed to Redband Park

July 6 at 2:37 p.m. - Park Board voted to rename Glover Field & Peaceful Valley Riverwalk to Redband Park, in honor of the Redband Rainbow Trout that spawn there.


Post Street Becomes Two-Way by City Hall

June 29 at 12:31 p.m. - Beginning the week of July 9, Post St. will become a two-way for one block between Spokane Falls Blvd. and the Mobius Science Center

SkyRide in Riverfront opens Friday, June 29

June 28 at 9:24 a.m. - Soar over the falls as the SkyRide re-opens Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10am, in time for Hoopfest!

Riverfront Eats brings food trucks & music Tuesdays, starts June 5

June 4 at 12:17 p.m. - Riverfront Eats kicks off June 5 on the south bank from 11am – 2pm. Every Tuesday this summer, join us for food trucks, live music, & surprises.

Finch Arboretum Master Plan Second Open House Thursday, June 7, 2018

June 4 at 11:21 a.m. - The community is invited to a second Master Plan Open House to help guide Spokane Parks and Recreation in the future development at Finch Arboretum.

Piano in the Park welcomes Riverfront visitors to play all summer

June 1 at 9:43 a.m. - A painted piano will be placed at the base of the Clock Tower in Riverfront for park users to play throughout the summer.


Parks’ Purchase of Land on South Hill Bluff Connects Trails

May 31 at 4:17 p.m. - Parks & Recreation purchased nearly 50 acres of private property, allowing citizens to legally use the trails along the popular area in perpetuity.

Capital Investments Come to Golf, Facility Improvement Fee starts 6/1

May 31 at 11:06 a.m. - Capital improvements will be made to all four City golf courses, with a focus on water conservation and improved golfer experience.

Registration Open for Free Swim: Sign up for a SplashPass

May 24 at 10:35 a.m. - Free swim at all 6 City of Spokane aquatic centers is around the corner! Pools open Monday, June 18, 2018. Register today for your free SplashPass.

Berry Go Round Opens on Memorial Day in Riverfront

May 24 at 10:08 a.m. - The Berry Go Round spins again! The ride will temporarily return on May 28, 2018 and remain open for up to a few months, depending on popularity.

Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Opens Saturday, May 12 at 1 P.M.

May 3 at 8:24 a.m. - Celebrate the opening of the south bank including the new Howard Street South Bridge and repaired Rotary Fountain


Arbor Day Celebration 2018 at Finch Arboretum Offers Free Workshops

April 19 at 2:46 p.m. - On Sat., April 28, Spokane will celebrate their 15th consecutive year as Tree City USA with a free Arbor Day Celebration at Finch Arboretum.

Dutch Jake’s Park Open House and Park Celebration Saturday, April 14

April 10 at 2:45 p.m. - Parks in partnership with The Trust for Public Land will host an interactive Open House and Park Celebration to continue the next phase of design.

Indian Canyon Golf Course Opens Friday, April 6, 2018

April 5 at 2:03 p.m. - Indian Canyon will open Friday, joining Downriver, Esmeralda, and The Creek at Qualchan - a sure sign that spring golf is in full swing.

Skate Ribbon Opens Today for Roller Skating

April 2 at 11:59 a.m. - Spring is here and it’s time to put on some wheels! Riverfront is now offering roller skating and scootering on the Skate Ribbon.


The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course Opens Wednesday

March 16 at 3:04 p.m. - Joining the recent openings of Downriver & Esmeralda, The Creek at Qualchan is preparing to open 3/21/18. Tee times can be reserved beginning 3/17/18.

Downriver and Esmeralda Golf Courses Open March 15, 2018

March 12 at 3:24 p.m. - Downriver and Esmeralda golf courses are preparing to open March 15. Indian Canyon and the Creek at Qualchan will have opening dates soon.

Free Admission to City Pools Approved by Park Board

March 9 at 11:11 a.m. - With a goal of giving everyone a chance to swim, the Park Board approved free open swim for all ages at City aquatic centers beginning this year.

Riverfront Skate Ribbon Update 03.06.18

March 6 at 3:48 p.m. - Sunlight exposure is keeping Riverfront from building ice to the thickness necessary. A cooling component failed last month, but is now functioning.

Skate Ribbon Update 3/4/18

March 4 at 2:24 p.m. - We are making ice! Necessary mechanical repairs have been made under warranty, and the new vessel passed testing and inspection.


Skate Ribbon Closure Update 2/23/18

Feb. 23 at 2:46 p.m. - Riverfront crews & contractors continue to work to re-open the Skate Ribbon. The goal is to re-open ice skating in early March.

Riverfront Park Seeking Programming and Facility Title Sponsors

Feb. 16 at 1:36 p.m. - Parks and Recreation is planning giving opportunities for those interested in collaborating with and supporting the park.

Finch Arboretum Master Plan Open House February 20, 2018

Feb. 13 at 10:35 a.m. - The community is invited to a Master Plan Open House & survey to guide Spokane Parks and Recreation in the future development at Finch Arboretum.

Dutch Jake’s Park Revitalization Open House February 15, 2018

Feb. 12 at 9:36 a.m. - Parks & Recreation in partnership with The Trust for Public Land will host an Open House to continue the next phase of design for Dutch Jake’s Park.

Skate Ribbon Closure Update

Feb. 5 at 4:45 p.m. - The Skate Ribbon in Riverfront Park remains closed for a mechanical repair, and it could take at least 3 weeks to restore ice to the ribbon.


IMAX Demolition Moved Up in Schedule, Begins Jan. 29, 2018

Jan. 25 at 4:23 p.m. - The IMAX was slated to be demolished in March. However, to utilize heavy demolition equipment already on site, it will now begin Jan. 29.

Skater injured Friday at Riverfront Park has since passed away

Jan. 20 at 8:46 p.m. - We inaccurately reported a skater passed, but confirmed she is in critical condition. We are terribly sorry for our error. Our prayers for the family.