SPOKANE, Wash. -

Construction continues in Riverfront Park as the jewel of Spokane gets a serious polishing. ?

Even with the very apparent construction going on at the park, a bulk of the planning is still taking place inside. The final design of some of the most iconic features still being worked out. ?

With any major remodel there are growing pains. ?

"In the end I hope it's all worth it," said Spokane resident Kelli Lagrutta.

With Riverfront Park laid open all eyes now look toward an official move in date of 2019.?

"If you're going to build a house, you get a piece of property and you have you're dream with your family about what it's going to be," said Riverfront Park Committee Chairman, Ted McGregor.

But the plans are far from done. McGregor and the other committee members spent two and a half hours this morning working on balancing the wants and needs of the park.?

"Then the builder shows up and he's like 'guess what?'" said McGregor.

One of those "guess what" scenarios is the amount of contamination in the park.
"The scope is a little bit bigger than we thought," said McGregor.

The scope? Years. A railroad and lumber yard will do that to soil. So the committee wants to designate the area as a brownfield and apply for state and federal aid to help clean it up.
"It's not radio active or anything, but it's enough were it needs to be capped or treated or set aside in a separate area," said McGregor.

The committee still sees the $64 million budget and scheduling as the biggest risks to completing this remodel.?

When the plan is to replace something as iconic as the pavilion, it has to be done right, and that takes time.?

"We're going to be able to move into our house soon, but everybody is just going to have to wait for a little bit," said McGregor.

The city council will need to approve the designation of the park as a brownfield. If they do that, it could mean as much as $500,000 in assistance.