What do Riverfront Park renovations mean for Hoopfest and Bloomsday?

What do Riverfront Park renovations mean for Hoopfest and Bloomsday?

It’s that time of the year when the Lilac City gets busy. Bloomsday is just around the corner and Hoopfest isn’t far behind. But with major construction happening in Riverfront Park for the redevelopment project, what will those big events look like?

“Very robust event schedule. From now until September, we have something going on in the park almost every weekend,” Diana Whaley, Event and Group Rental Manager at Riverfront Park, said.

It’s been called the crown jewel of the city, but right now there are parts of Riverfront Park that aren’t exactly shining. Construction is on schedule, but the city decided to shut down the entire south bank to work on it as one big phase. That means a little rearranging for big events.

“With the redevelopment of Riverfront Park, there will be many new areas to program and have a variety of events in,” Whaley said.

For example, the pavilion has never really been used for a lot of those events. Next weekend, an Earth Day celebration will be held there.

“To set the stage for the future on what this area will truly be. To show the people what can happen in the beautiful location of the pavilion with the nostalgia and energy moving forward,” Whaley said.

Bloomsday will utilize the red wagon area and the clock tower meadow for the Corporate Cup. And Hoopfest will of course still happen. A lot of the space needed for things like team check-in and Nike Center Court is being found on the other side of Spokane Falls Boulevard.

Final details are still being ironed out, but the city still wants you to know the big events we all look forward to aren’t going anywhere. In fact, some of them may even be better.

“It’s a very exciting time because in the future, our goal is to have something at the park that is for everyone,” Whaley said.