Donors needed for additional projects at Riverfront Park

When voters passed a $64.4 million bond in 2014 – the Spokane Park Board had to decide what projects that money would cover. The money was reserved for large projects like the Ice Ribbon, Looff Carrousel, and redeveloping the U.S. Pavilion.

“That meant that some things didn’t get put on the table to get funded…,” said City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Director Leroy Eadie. “We always said hey, down the road, we will maybe do a capital campaign and some of those projects will be put on that list.”

On Thursday, the Spokane Park Board will vote on a handful of projects on the City’s wishlist – and the Spokane Parks Foundation will launch a $3 million campaign to pay for them.

“There are citizens out there that are interested in being a part of the projects in Riverfront Park,” Eadie said.

One of the proposals already has tails wagging. Riverfront Park could soon have a fenced in dog park – estimated to cost between $150,000 and $200,000. Skiler Trost believes it’s about doggone time.

“A lot of dog owners down here in the downtown area don’t really have many places to take their dogs to go run around and exercise,” Trost said. “You see them walking around the blocks because it’s really all they can do. It would be nice for these other dogs to interact with each other.”

Another project being considered would create a new playground designed for toddlers on West Havermale Island. It would accommodate all children regardless of their physical ability. The playground would cost an estimated $500,000.

“It kind of replaces the old YMCA playground, and we’ll take advantage of that area that’s right next to the falls, but close to Mobius and downtown,” Eadie said.

There’s also been buzz about resurrecting a metal butterfly from Expo ’74 and putting it in the Red Wagon Meadow.

“We could, on the wings, be able to put different artists’ work for about a year at a time and then replace it out,” Eadie said.

Those projects are just three of several that park board members will vote on Thursday.

You can find a full list of the projects being considered, and how much they cost here.