Jess Roskelley Foundation Adds New Climbing Structures to Audubon Park

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 1:59 p.m.

SPOKANE – Several new climbing structures for kids have been added at the Audubon Park playground, thanks to the Jess Roskelley Foundation.

The woodland-themed climbing structures are geared towards children ages 2-12. They are designed to build climbing skills along molded staggered stumps and a synthetic log and rock sculpture. The space includes a cozy area for children with sensory disorders.

The new play equipment is located next to the existing playground, which also received new mulch and is now open for the community to enjoy. 

The climbing structures were donated entirely by the Jess Roskelley Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to promote public projects and outdoor activities that will benefit generations to come and provide access to the wild places cherished by Jess, while preserving his legacy as a lifelong Spokane native and elite international alpinist.

In 2021, the Foundation also donated the Jess Roskelley Boulder in Riverfront Park’s North Bank, located near the Ice Age Floods playground.

“Our Foundation partnered with City of Spokane Parks and Recreation, and the Audubon Neighborhood Association to get this done,” said John Roskelley, chair of the Foundation. “We received financial contributions from local and national donors, including VF Foundation; Spokane Parks Foundation; Johnston-Fix Foundation; Columbia Basin Foundation; Isaak Brothers Farm; STCU; Les Schwab; Burke Marketing; Western United Life Insurance; Gilliam, Kyle, & Heidi; and Amy Khosravi (Century 21). Once the climbing features were purchased and shipped by the Foundation, Parks & Recreation installed them according to their revised children’s play area plan. Our board was especially pleased with the outcome, as Audubon Park was a special place to Jess.”

“We are immensely grateful for the Jess Roskelley Foundation’s ongoing collaboration to bring innovative play equipment to our community,” said Garrett Jones, director of City of Spokane Parks & Recreation. “We see kids light up when they get to play on these structures; it’s such a gift in honor of their beloved family member and friend, and a tribute to Jess’s legacy.”


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