Riverfront Park Pavilion officially reopens Friday

Good news, park-goers. The Riverfront Park Pavilion is set to open Friday.

City of Spokane Parks and Recreation said the Pavilion will open on September 6 with a weekend-long celebration to follow.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 6. But, the celebration does not end there. Visitors will be able to enjoy live music, food vendors, presentations and games through Saturday night.

The Pavilion revamp was part of a park-wide renovation project. In 2014, voters passed a $64 million bond for park updates, with $24 million going toward the Pavilion.

The Pavilion was originally built for Expo ’74 and had not really been touched since. It now features 479 high-tech, programmable illumination blades that light up the iconic structure. There is also a new elevated, ADA accessible catwalk to enjoy views of the river and downtown, 72 shade panels and a 37,000-square-foot grass-covered amphitheater where visitors can enjoy a variety of activities.

“Shared spaces like these bring our community together,” said Garret Jones, interim director for Parks and Recreation. “The Pavilion is now our community’s central gathering place and our lantern, as outlined in the Master Plan for the park. It’s amazing to see how the transformation honors the past while bringing the city’s icon into the future.”

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