Riverfront Park construction: Pavilion on schedule to open by end of summer

Riverfront Park’s $73 million makeover is edging closer to the finish line.

Construction has lasted well over two years and there’s still plenty of work to be done. Park officials say some projects will be wrapped up by the end of summer, but others won’t be finished until spring of 2020.

Crews have started hanging hundreds of light panels on cables of the U.S. Pavilion. They may not look like much now, but soon they will turn the centerpiece of Expo ’74 into a dazzling light display.

“You’ll be able to dim to different levels, have every color spectrum that you can think of whether it’s choreographed to a show, 4th of July,” said Garrett Jones, Parks Department planning and development manager. “The pavilion is really going to be the central gathering place of the community — it’s going to be the lantern of the community.”

With the Looff carrousel opening in May 2018 and the ice ribbon in its second season, the south bank of the park is complete. Contractors are now focused on finishing the pavilion, and the north promenade which will connect the north bank of the Spokane River. That’s where developers will turn a dirt parking lot into a large playground. There’s also plans to add more parking, and a skate park. But the north bank won’t be complete until the spring of 2020.

“Everything is on schedule, we’ve been fortunate to have a fairly mild winter as well so we were able to work through the winter without major delays,” Jones said.

Park officials expect the north and central promenade to open in a few months — by early summer. Construction of the pavilion should wrap up by August or September. A major milestone in a project that will benefit Spokane for generations.

Jones said, “To be able to see a child and their family for the first time go around the ice ribbon or go around the carousel the first time, that’s what makes it worth it as staff.”

For a full overview of the project and more information, click here.

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