Community asked to avoid Comstock and other parks with tree damage, remain cautious of falling trees and limbs
Media: Fianna Dickson, 435.1866. Parks & Recreation: 311 or 509.755.2489
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 4:16 p.m.
SPOKANE – Comstock Park on Spokane’s south hill is temporarily closed while work crews assess and mitigate hazards from high winds. Dangerous conditions exist, with the ongoing possibility of falling trees and limbs.
“We ask the community to please avoid Comstock, as well as other parks and natural areas with tree damage, for their safety and the safety of Park crews completing this important work,” said Garrett Jones, director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Spokane.
A re-opening date for Comstock Park isn’t yet known, but will be shared once determined. Comstock was one of the most significantly impacted parks, but hazards and downed trees are documented at more than 25 park properties.
The top priority of Urban Forestry and Park Operations crews is to quickly mitigate dangerous conditions in parks. Then, staff will begin clearing pedestrian pathways and right-of-ways, followed by general debris removal which could take several weeks. Damage assessments of park properties and amenities is ongoing.
View a recent press release for more information about the storm clean-up effort city-wide. Citizens can call 3-1-1 to report trees blocking roadways. For trees entangled with power lines, please call Avista at 1-800-227-9187. (Answer “yes” when asked if you want to report an urgent issue.) If downed power lines pose an emergency, please call 9-1-1. Don’t approach downed power lines.
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