Goals & Principles
To become the central gathering place for the region by celebrating community excellence, providing greater accessibility to the Park and River, creating a healthy balance between active and passive spaces, providing safety throughout the Park, catalyzing economic generation for Spokane, offering affordability and choice to all, and becoming a leader in the protection of natural resources and habitat.
RIVERFRONT PARK A PLACE FOR PEOPLE
Riverfront Park is the central gathering place for people from all over the Inland Northwest — a safe place that offers a balance of active and passive spaces and dynamic events to attract people of all ages and economic backgrounds.
RIVERFRONT PARK THE RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
Riverfront Park is a focal point to appreciate our spectacular environment, punctuated by some of the most accessible river falls in any urban setting. The Spokane River transcends history, making it the ideal place to tell our story, from the Great Floods through the First Nations to the railroad era and through the ecological awakening of Expo ’74.
- Fully embody Riverfront Park’s place as a signature park incorporating both beautiful landscapes, quality, exciting public programming,
- Provide improved visual access to the River and a stronger connection to the downtown,
- Enhanced uses to appeal to the Millennial Generation and weekday downtown professionals.
- Celebrate the Spokane River, the a Park’s beautiful natural setting and the overall bioregion,
- Embody the character of Spokane, its history and people,
- Honor the tribal story as an integral part of the Spokane’s master narrative,
- Enhance civic pride and ownership of the Park and region,
- Further define a distinct identity for Spokane, as the City of Choice.
- Work to connect the north and south banks of the river, and north and south communities of Spokane,
- Accommodate the ease of flow of crowds from large events to central areas of the Park,
- Provide for more centralized parking and access including public transportation and all loading and unloading required for public programming near the Pavilion,
- Keep in mind principles of universal access throughout the Park, and follow all requirements of American Disabilities Act.
- Maximize park programming and uses that can create a safe atmosphere for park users,
- Employ regular and sufficient maintenance that discourages disrepair and neglect that leads to vandalism and crime,
- Utilize best practices regarding park design and crime prevention through environmental design,
- Installation of upgraded lighting and the installation of security cameras and security phones as deemed necessary.
- Develop both active spaces for education and entertainment alongside passive spaces for reflection and appreciation of our natural landscape
- Incorporate self-sustaining enterprises that allow for long-term economic growth,
- Provide and allow for expanded revenue and funding streams that contribute to the best maintained park in the region,
- Increase in tourism that generates higher retail, restaurant and hotel sales for the Spokane area.
- Become a destination for all, accommodating all income levels, age groups, tourists and residents,
- Offer a variety of programming experiences at little to no cost to appeal to families and individuals across the socio-economic spectrum.
PROTECT NATURAL RESOURCES
- Honor the Legacy of EXPO ’74 through active stewardship of natural resources
- Educate citizens on best practices regarding resource stewardship – in particular water and the Spokane River.