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We hope you're enjoying the park as it unfolds, and look forward to bringing you additional amenities funded by voter-approved taxpayer investments and generous donors.
Now, for an update!

North Bank & Ice Age Floods Playground

Opening Late May 2021

Construction on the North Bank is nearly complete. Turf/grass, asphalt, rubber surfacing for the playground, and parking kiosk work is finalizing. The project is on target for opening in late May - we'll share a grand opening date once it's confirmed. 

The playground is a 40,000 square foot Ice Age Floods-themed, nature-based play environment for children and their families. It will be incredibly unique in its capacity to provide both passive and active recreation with age-appropriate play areas for children to interact with water features and geology of the ice age floods event that shaped our region.

Read more about the North Bank design
Artist's representation

North Bank elements include:
  • Ice Age Floods playground
  • Wheels park
  • Signature basketball court, courtesy of Hooptown USA
  • Roskelley Performance Climbing Boulder, courtesy of the Jess Roskelley Foundation
  • Parking 
  • Family restrooms
  • Maintenance and operations building
  • Picnic shelters
  • Green space
  • Intersection improvements at Washington and N River Drive
John Roskelley, father of Jess Roskelley, tests out new Roskelley Performance Climbing Boulder
North Bank pre-construction, fall 2019
North Bank construction, winter 2021 (photo courtesy Selkirk Development)

Latest Video Update

Riverfront Redevelopment Update

Pedestrian Bridges

North Suspension Bridge

Reconstruction of the north suspension pedestrian bridge in Riverfront Park will begin in May, and re-open to the public in the winter or spring of 2022.

The bridge is in need of a new deck, repair/replacement of corroded steel floor beams, and repair/replacement of lighting and electrical components.

Vital Avista utilities that supply power to the North Bank run underneath the bridge. Avista will install temporary overhead power during bridge repairs, and then return the power lines under the bridge before it reopens to the public.

The south suspension bridge and snxw mene? island will also be closed to accommodate construction. The project is slated to cost $3 million dollars. $505,000 comes from the Riverfront Park Redevelopment bond, $495,000 from the Park Fund, $500,000 from a Washington State Recreation and Conservation office grant of matching funds, $500,000 from a West Quadrant TIF local grant, and $1,000,000 from the City’s general fund.

South Suspension Bridge

The south suspension bridge is in need of similar repairs, though to a lesser degree, and the bridge remains safely open for the public to use while a funding plan is developed (with the exception of its closure to accommodate the north suspension bridge construction). The estimated budget for the south bridge is $1.75 million dollars, and Parks has applied for partial funding through a state grant.

Art

Stepwell: The Stepwell art piece is considered the new signature art piece for the park, as part of the redevelopment project's budget dedicated to new art. Stepwell will reside on West Havermale Island near the new all-inclusive playground, situated near the Bill Fearn Conservation Area with natural grasses and river views. The Stepwell interactive sculpture is anticipated to be open to the public in late summer/early fall. 

The Seeking Place: Part of the redevelopment of Riverfront was an Art Master Plan, taking note of existing art and marking locations for future pieces. In addition to Stepwell, Spokane Arts commissioned a second piece as part of the bond project. Four finalists were selected by the Joint Arts committee with key criteria in mind: interactive, accessible, welcoming, durable, and made by regional artists. A final selection was made by the Park Board.

The chosen piece by local artist Sarah Thompson Moore is called The Seeking Place. This artwork offers art-lovers a virtual walk-through sculpture of anodized aluminum posts/panels simulating columnar basalt. LED lighting is included and designed to cast interesting shadows in and around the structure. See additional details about the art piece. The Seeking Place interactive sculpture is anticipated to be completed in the fall.

Lilac Butterfly


Our beloved Expo ’74 butterfly came down in the January windstorm due to a break in an original weld. Our goal is to safely return the butterfly to its home in Riverfront Park, with modifications in structure security and technology. We are working with engineers to explore the best options, and will share updates along the way! Photo: Jakob Zetwick

West Havermale Island

COMPLETE!

Work on Riverfront’s West Havermale Island is complete. The project included the installation of Providence Playscape — a brand new inclusive playground funded by a community benefit grant from Providence Health Care, and restoration of the Expo ’74 Atkinson Theme Stream. Learn more about Providence Playscape and West Havermale redevelopment here.

(This is a second playground, in addition to the bond-funded Ice Age Floods playground on the North Bank.)
Providence Playscape at Riverfront
Photo: James Richman

5 bond projects

Skate Ribbon (completed Winter 2017)
Looff Carrousel building (completed Spring 2018)
Howard Street Promenade (South completed Spring 2018, North/Central/East completed Summer 2019)
U.S. Pavilion (completed September 2019)
Ice Age Floods Playground (coming Spring 2021)

Additional project
West Havermale Island (completed Fall 2020)
The redevelopment of Riverfront Park is funded by a voter-approved bond that didn't increase taxes. The bond covers 5 major design elements:
  1. Design of Public Spaces and Grounds (Promenade)
  2. Recreational Rink/SkyRide Facility
  3. U.S. Pavilion
  4. Looff Carrousel
  5. Regional Playground
Visit RiverfrontParkNow.com for more. We want to hear your feedback - please contact us at spokaneparks@spokanecity.org or call 311. Subscribe to this update or forward it to a friend.
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