SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane’s city park board has approved a modification that should help moderate the temperature inside the cabins on the Skyride at Riverfront Park.
On hot summer days, Riverfront Park staff have to close the Spokane Skyride because temperatures inside the gondolas can be twenty degrees hotter than temperatures outside.
Two months ago, Doppelmayrk, the company that made the gondolas, came back to Spokane to design a heat solution. Engineers came up with a modification that would remove some windows on the top and replace them with metal bars to add some airflow.
The past couple weeks, they compared temperatures to the modified gondola with one without the changes and saw significantly cooler temperatures.
Riverfront Park assistant manager Debby Dodson said the fix is worth it.
“It’s a customer service thing,” Dodson said. “When people come and see Spokane they think of the falls and, of course, the best way to see the falls is the Skyride. So it’s a disappointment when they come and we’re closed for the hot weather.”
The park board approved the solution at a price tag “not to exceed $80,000.” The money comes from the Skyride reserve debt and maintenance fund.
“If we have this kind of solution, it’ll be great,” Dodson said.
The company is currently manufacturing the special parts, a process expected to take about four weeks. The installation is expected to take three days.