Notice: Construction is ongoing in Riverfront Park and may impact some bicycle and pedestrian routes. Before you visit, please see the latest construction map for the best routes around redevelopment zones. Some attractions are currently unavailable due to redevelopment.
Imagine Riverfront as the central gathering place for the region, pulling people to the center (the Central Plaza and Pavilion) for all major events and festivals. The Public Spaces and Park Grounds develops the continuity throughout the Park while increasing potential use through well-lit, expanded walkways. The Howard Street Promenade aims to be a strong architectural and visual connection through the Park, leading visitors to the center of the Park and to the Spokane River gorge.
The Berger Partnership earned the Public Spaces and Park Grounds contract through their innovative design and community engagement. The firm began initial work in early September 2015 and now has 90% of the design work for the promenade completed. Additionally, Berger compiled and shared a detailed mapping of each section of the Park that will assist all consultants in collaboration throughout the entire four years of the project.
Berger's work leads the project and dictates the flavor of theme throughout all aspects. The process of design requires consistent communication and engagement with stakeholders, including the most important stakeholder, the sentiment of the community as a whole.
The brand new Howard Street South Channel Bridge will serve as the main gateway into Riverfront Park for hundreds of thousands of pedestrian visitors each year.
The lowdown on the new Howard Street South Channel Bridge:
Phase I: Fall 2017
Phase II: Spring 2018
The original Howard Street South Channel Bridge, which was recommended for replacement by structural engineers, has been removed. The piers, beams, and substructure for the new bridge were completed in early August 2017. In fall 2017, the placement of decorative railings, benches, and lighting will be installed and the majority of the bridge will be complete.
Phase II involves the final overlay of decorative pavers. To create a consistent look with the Howard Street Bridge and save funds by ordering in bulk, the construction company working on the Looff Carrousel site (Walker) will integrate the same decorative paving at the Looff and Rotary Fountain sites.