SPOKANE, Wash. – The iconic gondola ride over Spokane Falls is one feature that the city decided to keep after the 1974 World’s Fair, and one that continues today.
The original gondolas were replaced in 2005 when the city’s park board re-invested in the Skyride with fully-enclosed gondolas. Riverfront Park reports that the upgraded ride brought in 100,000 riders that year. Today, 70,000 riders use it annually, a number that Riverfront Park assistant manager Debby Dodson said has held steadily every year.
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“It’s just probably one of the best features being able to promote Spokane,” Dodson sad. “It’s actually pretty impressive that it’s still one of the most popular attractions after 40 years.”
The advisory committee to the Riverfront Park Master Plan just took the position that the Spokane Falls Skyride is a feature they see well into the park’s future.
“We think it makes us different,” committee chairman Ted McGregor said. “It’s something about the community, you know, when people are deciding where to visit or things to do in town. It’s something you can’t do many places: ride a gondola right over the top of a roaring river gorge falls.”
A few of the original gondolas are popping up around town to help celebrate the Expo’s 40th anniversary. No-Li Brewhouse has one on display and there will be another at the Bloomsday exposition on Friday.