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Spokane County voters may be asked to approve $45M park levy in 2015

Spokane County voters may be asked to approve $45M park levy in 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County voters may be asked next spring to approve a $45 million dollar park levy that would pay for a new sports complex in downtown along with improvements at county parks.

It's a dirt lot now but a site along the north bank of the Spokane River could be home to a massive $20 million multi-use field house complete with an indoor track.

Over at Plante's Ferry Park, that site could see a major upgrade with additional soccer fields and parking.

These are just two of the items that could be considered on a potential park levy in April 2015 that Spokane County Parks Director Doug Chase said is a long time coming.

"We really think they are heavily used and enjoyed by the community and this is one of the opportunities where the community would see that direct return," Chase explained.

Additionally, the Southside Aquatics Center would add two watersides and develop 10 acres of park land around it, complete with baseball fields, improvements to Fish Lake Trail would be made and approximately 10 county parks could be modernized and get new playground equipment.

"We are looking at everything from enhancing our park out in Liberty Lake to re-developing our existing Bear Lake Park," Chase said.

The biggest project, however, is the field house in downtown Spokane which could potentially host track meets and volleyball tournaments.

"I think it's a chance for us to say this is who we are, this is a place we want our kids to grow up in, we want to have safe alternatives," Eric Sawyer with the Spokane Sports Commission said.

The levy, which, if approved by county commissioners could appear on the ballot in April 2015, would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $28 a year in property taxes for nine years.