Huntington Park getting facelift in time for Expo '74 anniversary

SPOKANE, Wash. - Huntington Park renovations vo

An old Spokane park is becoming new again, as Huntington Park, which sits along the Spokane River below city hall, is getting a facelift.

Excavators and dirt piles now sit where the Spokane City Hall parking lot used to be as construction crews are turning the spot into a new plaza that next spring will include two water features, a fire feature and stone benches that will offer unobstructed views of the Monroe Street bridge and the Spokane River.

The new plaza will also offer a gateway to Huntington Park, which was built for Expo '74 but wasn't used much because of its difficult access and it was hidden down along the river.

Named for a former president of Washington Water Power, Huntington Park is getting a new stone retaining wall, lawns, landscaping, sidewalks, and picnic areas.

Avista owns the land and is paying for the renovations. The project is about 80-percent complete and is scheduled to be finished in the spring, just in time for Avista's 125th birthday and the 40th anniversary of Expo '74.

For most people the biggest change with the new park is they've rerouted traffic on Post Street, narrowed it so now it's for northbound traffic only.