The City of Spokane’s Parks and Recreation Department used a grant to develop a half-acre into a regional playground in Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. The City turned a dirt parking lot into a safe and fun central playground, serving the dual purposes of encouraging active lifestyles and telling the story of the Ice Age Floods that sculpted the region. The former location of Expo ’74, The Worlds Fair, Riverfront Park had not had a significant investment since 1978. There was only one small and outdated playground in the park and in downtown. The playground lacked equipment for older children, didn’t serve children with disabilities, had no elements connecting it to nature, and did not engage children in activities essential to early development.
Grant Amount: $500,000
- Land and Water Conservation Fund
Location: Riverfront Park
Match: $1 million