Avista unpaved a parking lot, put in a city park

Avista unpaved a parking lot, put in a city park

SPOKANE, Wash. - Just in time for our beautiful spring weather, a Spokane park is getting a new look.

The renovated Huntington Park, and the newly created City Hall Plaza, opens on Friday. Both were gifted to the Lilac City by Avista.

Since July, Avista has worked to turn the nearly four acre Huntington Park into a public green space with picnic tables, benches, a neat shade structure and Native American statues.

There is also plenty of grass, perfect for summer picnics.

"What we would like to see this summer is the park crowded with moms and dads with little kids, grandparents, family, friends," Speed Fitzhugh with Avista said.

From behind the lens, Dean Davis has had a front row seat, snapping photos of the park's transformation.

"I'm like the luckiest guy on the planet to be able to do this. It's been a really unique perspective," Davis said.

Davis has watched this old park find new life, thanks to Avista.

"Our goal is to open it up, and let people interact with the river all the way down through the park," Fitzhugh said.

Above the park, sits the new City Hall Plaza which offers stunning views of the park and Spokane River.

Avista transformed the old parking lot into the newly developed plaza, complete with water features and tiered seating.

Huntington Park and the new plaza open on Friday with a grand opening celebration at 10:30 a.m.