Riverfront Park’s Ice Age-themed playground to finish construction May 21

Riverfront Park North Bank Ice Age Floods Playground
City of Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane’s Ice Age Floods playground will be finished May 21, marking the end of the five-year redevelopment work of Riverfront Park.

There will be a virtual ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on Riverfront Park’s Facebook page that day, and the playground will officially open to the public at noon.

“Thank you to the Spokane community for voting to support the redevelopment of our city’s downtown urban park,” said Parks & Rec director Garrett Jones, director of Parks & Recreation. “What used to be a dirt parking lot is now a playground, basketball court, skate park, climbing boulder, and green space, with improved parking as well. This is a huge transformation, and it’s free to use for everyone in our community.”

The North Bank will feature more than just the eponymous playground—there will be a skate park, Hooptown USA courts and half-courts, climbing wall, picnic shelters and turf.

According to the City, the entire North Bank project began in February 2020 and cost $12.2 million to build.

The previous projects in the Riverfront Park redevelopment include the skate ribbon and SkyRide in 2017, the updated Looff Carrousel building in 2018, renovated U.S. Pavilion and Howard Street Promenade in 2019 and the North Bank regional playground this year.

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