King Cole Commemoration Project Art Open House, August 23

Fundraising project looks to honor those who made Expo ’74 a reality

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Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 1:59 p.m.

SPOKANE – A group of volunteers are looking to honor the contributions of King Cole and the numerous other stakeholders who made Expo ’74 and Riverfront Park a reality, with a named King Cole Way and artistic gateway in Riverfront Park. The project will be funded entirely through donations.

Via a Request for Proposals, several artists submitted project ideas for what the artistic gateway could look like. The King Cole Commemoration Project team narrowed the submission down to their top 3 proposals, and each will be presented at an open house where community members can see renderings and hear from the artists. Community input will be a contributing factor in selecting the final artist or art team, along with input from the Joint Arts Committee and the Park Board.


King Cole Commemoration Project Art Open House

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

5 – 7 P.M.

City Hall, Council Chambers (lower level)

Virtual attendance option via WebEx

Broadcast live on City Cable 5


The project comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of Expo ’74 in 2024. Currently, King Cole is recognized by the naming of King Cole Bridge, located at the southeast corner of Riverfront Park, and consists of a wide wooden pedestrian bridge crossing the south channel of the Spokane River.

The King Cole Commemoration Project envisions an expanded King Cole Way, including art that is interactive, sculptural, kinetic, illuminated at night, or some combination of those elements, creating an iconic gateway into Riverfront Park.

The art piece is expected to be located on, or adjacent to, the existing wood bridge. The art piece will anchor the expanded King Cole Way which would incorporate an artistic wayfinding treatment and/or elements that include acknowledgment of historic structures and key Expo ’74 stakeholders, the contribution of the Spokane Tribe, and the railroad lines once on Havermale Island.

The King Cole Commemoration Project is the work of the newly-forming Friends of Riverfront Spokane. The project will be funded entirely through donations. To contribute, visit


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