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.
The redevelopment of Riverfront Park provides us with a fresh opportunity to bring the park up to a higher standard of environmentalism and sustainability befitting the former site of the first ever environmentally themed World's Fair. The journey to a cleaner park starts from the ground up, or in this case, below the ground, where help from EPA grants is allowing us to remove or safely encapsulate hundreds of tons of contaminated soil left from years of industry in the park prior to Expo '74.
EPA has selected the City of Spokane for three brownfields cleanup grants totaling $600,000. These hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up contaminated soils at Havermale Island, Canada Island, and the North Bank Development Area - three sites in Riverfront Park, 100 acres of land and water in the heart of downtown Spokane and the location of the 1974 World's Fair.
Mayor: “We are growing Spokane’s economic vitality one park, one employer, one job at a time,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon, when the brownfields grant was announced. “Much of our strategic plan is built on partnerships, reinvestment and creative reuse of important neighborhood and community assets. The working relationship we have with the EPA is bringing that vision to life through the cleanup grants and past assistance in assessments, planning and technical guidance the agency has brought to the table for Spokane to further leverage the investments our citizens are making.”
Chris Wright, Park Board: “These three cleanup grants are a great boost in our efforts to revitalize Riverfront Park and the downtown core,” said Chris Wright, Park Board president for the City of Spokane. “With these grants we can spend fewer local tax dollars on environmental cleanup and more toward infrastructure and attractions in the new park – like a great floods-themed playground.”
Contaminants of Concern (COCs) are chemicals, found at concentrations higher than those considered to be safe, and must be cleaned up and/or monitored.
Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) means the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products in, on or at a property.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of more than 100 different chemicals that are formed during the incomplete burning of coal, oil and gas, garbage, or other organic substances like tobacco or charbroiled meat.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a class of chemicals that are volatile (evaporate easily) and are organic compounds (contain carbon atoms). Some common VOCs include acetone and automotive gasoline. VOCs are everywhere in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Nitrates are nitrogen-oxygen chemical units which combine with various organic and inorganic compounds. The major sources of nitrates in drinking water are runoff from fertilizer use, leaking from septic tanks, sewage and erosion of natural deposits.