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Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 4:17 p.m.
City of Spokane Parks and Recreation closed on the purchase of nearly 50 acres of private property along the Bluff, allowing citizens to legally use the full span of trails and open space along the popular scenic area in perpetuity.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to purchase this property because it’s so valuable to the citizens,” said Leroy Eadie, Director of Parks and Recreation. “It offers increased trail connectivity, more recreational opportunities, and conservation of natural spaces.”
In April 2017, a road was illegally built across Parks property, an Avista easement and private property. The private property purchased in this agreement was part of the restoration project.
The land was purchased for $270,000 (appraised value $480,000) as part of a settlement agreement related to the 2017 building of an illegal road. As part of the agreement, the City releases claims it might have against all parties. The Park Board voted unanimously on the purchase, which was finalized this week.
“From a difficult situation, it’s a highly positive outcome,” said Eadie.
The restoration, funded by Avista, has been highly successful. Monitoring is ongoing, and re-seeding will take place as needed. Thank you to members of the restoration workgroup and contributors, including Friends of the Bluff who helped with hand watering during a hot summer. Read more.