SPOKANE – The City of Spokane made the decision in June to move forward with modifications to its iconic Spokane Falls Skyride so that the ride could stay open longer in hot temperatures. The parts were supposed to arrive later in July, but a manufacturer delay pushed the installation back one month.
In the meantime, Riverfront Park staff adjusted the hours of operation for the Skyride. It is now opening earlier, at 9 a.m. as an attempt to beat the heat. In late July, temperatures inside the gondolas reached 100 degrees as early as 11 a.m., forcing the ride to close.
The latest estimate from Doppelmayr, the company custom-building the Skyride modifications is mid-August. That would give Riverfront Park just two weeks of operation before the hours scale back after Labor Day.