Conservation Site in Riverfront Named for Bill Fearn, former Director

Fearn was instrumental in bringing Expo to Spokane, and transitioning the site to a park

Media: Fianna Dickson, 509.625.6297

Thursday, September 6, 2018 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.

Mr. Fearn, who worked humbly behind the scenes, was one of Spokane’s great visionaries. He was instrumental in obtaining grant funding that made possible both Expo ’74 and Riverfront Park. He also pioneered the purchase of the Looff Carrousel from the closing Natatorium Park, to ensure it had a home in Riverfront.

Mr. Fearn passed away in 1995; his family will be at the dedication to share a few thoughts and accept the dedication on his behalf. A few former colleagues and friends will also speak.

William S. Fearn Conservation Area Dedication

Monday, September 10, 2018

11 – 11:30am

“Great Fire of 1889 Historical Marker” (map), located at the south end of the suspension bridges off Post Street

The area named for Mr. Fearn is approximately 1 acre of conservation land, meaning it will not be developed and maintain a natural landscape. It is currently behind construction fence. Once re-opened, a permanent marker will showcase the name of the site; a temporary marker will be unveiled Monday.

The naming was approved by the Park Board and proposed by Hal McGlathery, former Riverfront Park Manager.