Committee shows off proposed Riverfront Park upgrades

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 10:14 AM

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SPOKANE, Wash.--A citizen committee will present their new plans for Riverfront Park in mid-April. It is all part of a master plan they have been working on for the last year to improve the park.    

New images of the proposals have been released. A group of citizens have been working with the Spokane Park Board on ways to vamp up the park.

Spokane Parks and Recreation Director Leroy Eadie said the park needs the upgrade.

“We hold a lot of events in River Front Park like Hoopfest and Pig Out in the park, but they're starting to outgrow the parts of the park they're in,” said Eadie.

PHOTOS: Renderings show purposed changes

The committee will present its recommendations to the board on April 17.

WATCH: Citizen group shows off purposed Riverfront Park plans

The presentation will include making a promenade through the park from the fountain on the south to the Arena. It is a wide walkway with bike and pedestrian traffic lanes and would also be used to hold big events.

"It will be well lit, with safety features and park benches,” said Eadie.

Other plans include a new structure to house the carousel and creating a central courtyard next to the pavilion. That would be the park’s new community gathering space. The committee will also propose to completely replace the South Howard Bridge.

"Overall the park is getting a little tired and it needs a new investment,” said Eadie.

Eadie said the investment is long overdue.

"We are the number one visited destination in Spokane, so we want to make an investment that attracts even more visitors to River Front Park and Downtown Spokane,” said Eadie.

There will be a public meeting on April 17 and April 24 in the Board Room at Spokane City Hall if you want to chime in on the master plan.

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