North Bank Grand Opening
Ice Age Floods Playground, Skate and Wheels Park, Hooptown USA Courts, and Roskelley Performance Climbing Boulder
Friday, May 21
Virtual Ribbon Cutting at 11:00am
The North Bank will feature a variety of amenities:
- Ice Age Floods-themed Playground: Visitors will learn about the events that shaped our region’s geography while they play! Enjoy a 3-story Columbian slide tower, Glacial Dam splash pad, a log jam climber, an alluvial deposit fossil dig, and more. The playground covers 40,000 square feet.
- Skate and Wheels Park: Based on public input, the park includes street features with a transitioned wall ride, and two bowls which utilize the wall of the maintenance building for a slanted wall ride. The design also incorporates a flat bar that used to be part of the Under the Freeway (UTF) skate park.
- Hooptown USA Basketball Courts: Funded by MultiCare, Spokane Hoopfest Association's 10,000 square-foot space offers 5 half-courts or 3 full courts with flexible use. This summer, the courts will be painted with a colorful mural. The mural is funded in part by Spokane Arts.
- Roskelley Performance Climbing Boulder: Funded by the Jess Roskelley Foundation, this climbing boulder provides the community a place to try out climbing or hone their bouldering skills.
- Parking, Restrooms, Picnic Shelter, Green Space: 156 new parking stalls, a drop-off zone, 4 family restrooms, two picnic shelters for public use, and turf.
- Maintenance & Operations Building: A large facility to support the robust maintenance and operations needs of our park.
- Intersection Improvements: An improved intersection and park entrance off Washington & North River Drive.
The cost of the project is $12.2M; $10.7M from the bond, and $1.5M from grants and donations. Construction began in February 2020.
Thank you to our partners who supported and collaborated on the North Bank: Ice Age Floods Institute, Hooptown USA with MultiCare, Jess Roskelley Foundation, Friends of Spokane Skateparks, Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, Parks Accessibility Workgroup, Bernardo Wills Architects, T. LaRiviere Construction, Grindline, Selkirk Development, Spokane Arts, and the Public Facilities District.