Parks & Recreation Department News Releases for 2018


Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Opens Saturday, May 12 at 1 P.M.

May 3 at 8:24 a.m. - Celebrate the opening of the south bank including the new Howard Street South Bridge and repaired Rotary Fountain


Arbor Day Celebration 2018 at Finch Arboretum Offers Free Workshops

April 19 at 2:46 p.m. - On Sat., April 28, Spokane will celebrate their 15th consecutive year as Tree City USA with a free Arbor Day Celebration at Finch Arboretum.

Dutch Jake’s Park Open House and Park Celebration Saturday, April 14

April 10 at 2:45 p.m. - Parks in partnership with The Trust for Public Land will host an interactive Open House and Park Celebration to continue the next phase of design.

Indian Canyon Golf Course Opens Friday, April 6, 2018

April 5 at 2:03 p.m. - Indian Canyon will open Friday, joining Downriver, Esmeralda, and The Creek at Qualchan - a sure sign that spring golf is in full swing.

Skate Ribbon Opens Today for Roller Skating

April 2 at 11:59 a.m. - Spring is here and it’s time to put on some wheels! Riverfront is now offering roller skating and scootering on the Skate Ribbon.


The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course Opens Wednesday

March 16 at 3:04 p.m. - Joining the recent openings of Downriver & Esmeralda, The Creek at Qualchan is preparing to open 3/21/18. Tee times can be reserved beginning 3/17/18.

Downriver and Esmeralda Golf Courses Open March 15, 2018

March 12 at 3:24 p.m. - Downriver and Esmeralda golf courses are preparing to open March 15. Indian Canyon and the Creek at Qualchan will have opening dates soon.

Free Admission to City Pools Approved by Park Board

March 9 at 11:11 a.m. - With a goal of giving everyone a chance to swim, the Park Board approved free open swim for all ages at City aquatic centers beginning this year.

Riverfront Skate Ribbon Update 03.06.18

March 6 at 3:48 p.m. - Sunlight exposure is keeping Riverfront from building ice to the thickness necessary. A cooling component failed last month, but is now functioning.

Skate Ribbon Update 3/4/18

March 4 at 2:24 p.m. - We are making ice! Necessary mechanical repairs have been made under warranty, and the new vessel passed testing and inspection.


Skate Ribbon Closure Update 2/23/18

Feb. 23 at 2:46 p.m. - Riverfront crews & contractors continue to work to re-open the Skate Ribbon. The goal is to re-open ice skating in early March.

Riverfront Park Seeking Programming and Facility Title Sponsors

Feb. 16 at 1:36 p.m. - Parks and Recreation is planning giving opportunities for those interested in collaborating with and supporting the park.

Finch Arboretum Master Plan Open House February 20, 2018

Feb. 13 at 10:35 a.m. - The community is invited to a Master Plan Open House & survey to guide Spokane Parks and Recreation in the future development at Finch Arboretum.

Dutch Jake’s Park Revitalization Open House February 15, 2018

Feb. 12 at 9:36 a.m. - Parks & Recreation in partnership with The Trust for Public Land will host an Open House to continue the next phase of design for Dutch Jake’s Park.

Skate Ribbon Closure Update

Feb. 5 at 4:45 p.m. - The Skate Ribbon in Riverfront Park remains closed for a mechanical repair, and it could take at least 3 weeks to restore ice to the ribbon.


IMAX Demolition Moved Up in Schedule, Begins Jan. 29, 2018

Jan. 25 at 4:23 p.m. - The IMAX was slated to be demolished in March. However, to utilize heavy demolition equipment already on site, it will now begin Jan. 29.

Skater injured Friday at Riverfront Park has since passed away

Jan. 20 at 8:46 p.m. - We inaccurately reported a skater passed, but confirmed she is in critical condition. We are terribly sorry for our error. Our prayers for the family.