Park board to take action on donor opportunities in Riverfront Park

As Riverfront Park ushers in a new era, members of the Spokane community could have an opportunity to make their name a part of it.

“All sorts of fundraising opportunities within our parks system and what the park board is looking at right now is individual and family recognition opportunities for certain assets in Riverfront Park,” said Garrett Jones, the acting director of City of Spokane Parks and Recreation.

The Park Board will take action Thursday on a proposal to make certain parts of the park available to donors- things like park bench dedications, ‘pavers’ on parts of the promenade, or even adopting a carousel horse.

A list of assets can be found on the board’s agenda.

Jones said the funds form any donors would go first toward six Riverfront related projects that fell outside of the original park bond- a dog park, such as an all inclusive playground and a new tour train.

“Once those projects are fulfilled then it would go into a fund for the future for Riverfront Park,” Jones said.

Costs for each asset have not been determined. Jones said they’re focusing on getting the proposal approved.

Also on the park board’s agenda- action that, if approved, would allow staff at the U.S. Pavilion to test corporate interest in naming rights for that facility, which is slated to be complete this fall.

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