Parks & Recreation Department News Releases for 2021


Manito Koi Pond Project Complete, Japanese Garden Re-Opens

July 20 at 12:11 p.m. - A project to save millions of gallons of water a year at the Koi Pond in Manito Park’s famous Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden is complete.

Spokane Parks asks for community input on park planning survey

July 13 at 8:38 a.m. - Spokane Parks is creating a roadmap for the next 10 years, and wants to hear from the community through a survey that opened today.

Shakespeare in the Park comes to Riverfront this summer

July 9 at 12:39 p.m. - Riverfront partners with Spokane Shakespeare Society to bring Shakespeare in the Park to Riverfront for family-friendly, free community performances.

POSTPONED: Drive-in 4th of July Fireworks 2021

July 1 at 6:38 p.m. - Four planned 4th of July fireworks shows at Merkel, Ferris, Avista Stadium, and Plante's Ferry are postponed due to increased risk of fire danger.


Splash Pad Update 6/28

June 30 at 12:51 p.m. - All 19 City splash pads are operational and open to the public!

Splash Pad Update 6/25

June 25 at 2:22 p.m. - Fifteen splash pads now open!

Splash Pad Update 6/24

June 24 at 4:50 p.m. - Splash pads at Franklin, Thornton Murphy, and Underhill parks now open; total open splash pads is 12.

Free Open Swimming Starts July 5 at City Pools

June 24 at 4:44 p.m. - 2021 Aquatics Season Update

MultiCare Hosts ‘Rebound Spokane’ June 26 in Riverfront Park

June 21 at 2:10 p.m. - MultiCare Health System will host a pop-up vaccine clinic on Saturday, June 26 from 12 – 5 PM in Riverfront Park with Hooptown USA

2021 Drive-in 4th of July Fireworks at multiple sites across Spokane

June 17 at 3:38 p.m. - Several partners & underwriters are coming together again to bring the community a geographically dispersed 4th of July celebration at four locations

Splash Pad Update 6/11

June 11 at 4:53 p.m. - Splash pads at Chief Garry, Coeur d’Alene, and Manito parks are now open

Splash Pad Update 6/4

June 4 at 2:39 p.m. - Now open: splash pads at Audubon, Merkel, Friendship, Pacific, and Riverfront park!

The Friends of Manito Art Festival 2021 - save the date

June 4 at 2:11 p.m. - Meet local artists, browse their wares, and support Spokane's creative community in iconic Manito Park on July 31!

Manito Spring Plant Sale 2021

June 4 at 10:40 a.m. - Manito's Spring Plant Sale returns, June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12. Reservations required as part of COVID protocols.

New Art at People’s Park Salutes Native American Ingenuity

June 2 at 8:02 p.m. - Completion nears on "Convergence" at People’s Park with sandblasting of 16 pictographs created by tribal youth from the Wellpinit School District.

Splash Pad Update

June 2 at 2:22 p.m. - An update on splash pads opening in 2021



May 28 at 1:57 p.m. - Lancer Hospitality named the exclusive food and beverage partner for Spokane Parks & Recreation

Drop-in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Riverfront Friday with MultiCare

May 19 at 11:39 a.m. - MultiCare is partnering with Riverfront to provide a drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic during the grand opening of the North Bank Friday, May 21.

Goats Employed to Aid in Fire Prevention at City Parks

May 13 at 3:35 p.m. - Starting Friday, May 14, 2021, about 200 goats will be on the job to help reduce fire risk at three of Spokane’s natural park lands.

Drop-in, Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at Riverfront Today, Friday

May 12 at 1:07 p.m. - Riverfront Park and the City of Spokane are partnering with Safeway/Albertsons and the WA DOH to provide two drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

Riverfront Ice Age Floods Playground & North Bank Open May 21

May 6 at 1:52 p.m. - Riverfront’s Ice Age Floods playground and additional amenities will open to the public on Friday, May 21, 2021 at noon.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with History & Culture at Riverfront Market

May 4 at 10:51 a.m. - Riverfront is partnering with the Hispanic Business & Professional Association of Spokane to host a Mexican cultural exhibit on Cinco de Mayo.

Pre-season Lap Swim, Swim Lesson Update 2021

May 3 at 2:21 p.m. - Pre-season adult lap swim at Witter opens May 10 (reservations required), swim lesson registration now open.


Food Drive at Riverfront Spring Market Wednesday

April 27 at 11:16 a.m. - Second Harvest will be onsite at Wednesday’s Riverfront Market to collect food donations, share nutrition resources and healthy recipes.

Critical Need for Lifeguards & Swim Instructors This Summer

April 26 at 1:50 p.m. - The City plans to open all six aquatic centers this year, but one barrier is standing in the way – finding enough lifeguards and swim instructors.

New Street Trees to be Planted Friday as Part of SpoCanopy

April 22 at 5:11 p.m. - 25 new street trees will be planted in the West Central neighborhood on Friday, April 23 as part of SpoCanopy’s goals for increased tree canopy cover.

Riverfront Park Redevelopment - Spring 2021 Update

April 21 at 4:05 p.m. - The North Bank, Ice Age Floods Playground, wheels park, Hooptown USA court, Roskelley Performance Climbing Boulder, parking & more - opening late May!

Organic land management demo begins in May at Chief Garry Park

April 20 at 2:56 p.m. - Organic land management demonstration at Chief Garry Park through a collaboration with Beyond Pesticides, Natural Grocers, & City Council.

Comstock Park Reopens Today

April 14 at 10:01 a.m. - Comstock Park officially reopens today, as clean-up from the January windstorm is substantially complete.

Riverfront Park’s North Suspension Bridge Reconstruction Begins in May

April 13 at 11:03 a.m. - Reconstruction of the north suspension pedestrian bridge in Riverfront Park will begin in May, and re-open to the public in winter/spring 2022.

Spokane Parks Windstorm Restoration Plans Underway

April 7 at 7:34 p.m. - Parks & Recreation is working with The Lands Council to mitigate damage to our urban tree canopy from the Jan. 13, 2021 windstorm.


Parks & Recreation Safely Offers Taste of Normalcy with Spring Program

March 29 at 5:41 p.m. - This spring, with revised protocols, we are safely offering the most robust assortment of recreation opportunities in over a year.

Indian Canyon Golf Course Opens Friday, March 26, 2021

March 24 at 6:50 p.m. - Indian Canyon golf course will open for the season on Friday, March 26.

Manito Park Koi Pond Conservation Project Begins March 2021

March 17 at 11:52 a.m. - Koi Pond in Manito will undergo water conservation project to improve pond quality, save 16 – 18 millions of gallons of water annually

Spring Activities Begin at Riverfront Park

March 10 at 11:18 a.m. - Spring 2021 activities at Riverfront include an outdoor market, health and fitness programs, and an interactive kid’s puzzle exploring downtown

Downriver Golf Course opens Wednesday, Esmeralda opens Friday

March 9 at 1:10 p.m. - Two more Spokane golf courses are opening this week – Downriver opens Wednesday, March 10, 2021 and Esmeralda opens Friday, March 12, 2021.

The Creek at Qualchan golf course opens Thursday, March 4, 2021

March 2 at 1:54 p.m. - The Creek at Qualchan opens March 4, with permanent greens and carts allowed. For tee times, please call 448-9317.


Looff Carrousel to Reopen in Riverfront Park March 1, 2021

Feb. 25 at 5:24 p.m. - Riverfront Park is excited to announce the Looff Carrousel will reopen Monday, March 1, 2021 under Phase 2 guidelines.

Hoopfest + Parks & Rec offer first outdoor basketball league

Feb. 19 at 3:39 p.m. - The Spokane Hoopfest Association and Spokane Parks & Recreation are partnering to present the City’s first Hooptown USA Outdoor League this spring.

COVID-19 update for Parks & Recreation: February 12, 2021

Feb. 12 at 4:58 p.m. - What the move to Phase 2 means for City of Spokane Parks & Recreation


Comstock Park Temporarily Closed While Crews Mitigate Hazards, Damage

Jan. 14 at 4:16 p.m. - Comstock Park on Spokane’s south hill is temporarily closed while work crews assess and mitigate hazards from high winds.

Human Trafficking Support Signs Placed at Riverfront Park

Jan. 8 at 2:03 p.m. - Beginning Monday, January 11, 2021, signs providing resources and support for human trafficking victims will be placed at Riverfront Park.