City leaders are hosting a meeting Thursday evening which will be the first opportunity for residents to weigh in on a proposal to fund street repairs and improvements to Riverfront Park.
The City of Spokane is hosting a community conversation to get feedback from residents on both of these plans. Residents are invited to give their input on what they think of this proposals and what kind of improvements they would like to see on Spokane streets and at Riverfront Park.
“We're looking to create a sustainable funding solution for our streets program and then also invest in Riverfront Park for the first time in about 40 years,” Brian Coddington with the City of Spokane said.
Now a reinvesting solution may sound like more money out of your pocket but it's not as the tax rate will remain the same. The city is taking the existing 91 cents on bonds for streets and parks and refinancing them over time.
"For that same 91 cents we're able to get a $60,000 bond for Riverfront Park and $25,000 annually for street improvements," Coddington said.
The city plans to focus on repairing arterial streets and residential streets, with the annual funds and prioritize work based on pavement conditions, traffic volume and economic opportunities. As for Riverfront Park the plan is to invest in the infrastructure.
“It will be an investment in maintaining the facility and the infrastructure improvements, moving around some features, restoring the pavilion, those kinds of things," Coddington said.
Now these are just the city's plans; officials would like to hear what citizens want to see in the Riverfront Park and street improvements. If you would like to join the discussion you can attend the meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall or call in at 1-855-312-2107 between 6 and 7 p.m.
Residents are also encouraged to watch the meeting on City Cable 5 and participate on Facebook and Twitter. You can tweet your comments to @spokanecity and use the hashtag #tweetyourstreet.