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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:01 a.m.
SPOKANE – Comstock Park officially reopens today, as clean-up from the January windstorm is substantially complete. Though the park is open, please use caution around any unsettled ground or holes from tree roots.
“I’d like to thank park visitors for their cooperation and patience as we closed the park to mitigate hazards of large holes, downed trees, and broken infrastructure at Comstock,” said Garrett Jones, director of Parks & Recreation. “Thank you, also, to our dedicated staff who managed a tremendous amount of damage across the park system and worked to safely reopen Comstock.”
Staff will continue to conduct repairs at the Comstock bath house (part of the aquatic center), fencing, tennis courts, and playground. There is unknown damage to underground irrigation systems; a full assessment will be conducted later this spring. It’s estimated the January 13 windstorm resulted in $700,000 of damage to park properties.
As shared earlier this month, Parks’ windstorm restoration efforts are underway. All downed trees will be replaced at a 2-for-1 rate, and we’ll host volunteer tree plantings this spring, fall, and into 2022. Parks with the greatest need for additional tree canopy will be given priority, in alignment with the SpoCanopy goal for 40% tree cover across Spokane.
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