Pavilion debate delays Riverfront Park development decision

Pavilion debate delays Riverfront Park development decision

The Spokane Park Board will wait another month before deciding whether or not to amend the Riverfront Park renovation master plan.

The master plan, approved by the board and used as campaign material encouraging voters to pass the bond in 2014, calls for the pavilion to be re-covered.

On Thursday, the design team for the pavilion project recommended not re-covering the iconic structure in the heart of Riverfront Park.

“In the end we think the cover could actually limit and compromise some of the great qualities the pavilion has now and could have,” said Guy Michaelsen, with Berger Partnership, a member of the design team.

Several former park board members testified before the board on Thursday, encouraging them to keep their promises to the voters.

“I remind the park board that we promised our citizens in 2014 and you must continue to honor that promise today,” said Randy Cameron, a former park board president.

The park board said it needs more time and information about other options before amending the master plan and moving forward with a non-covered pavilion design.

The board will meet in July to discuss the plans. The design team has 120 days to present a final concept to the board for approval.