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Spokane Parks and Recreation outlines tentative plans for zipline at Riverfront Park

According to an estimate given during a park board study session, construction on the zipline could begin in August, 2022.
Credit: KREM
Zipline model at Riverfront Park

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department laid out tentative plans for construction of a zipline in Riverfront Park at a study session on Friday, Jan. 22. 

The presentation lists that the Park Board could approve the proposal as soon as May 2021 and construction could start as soon as August 2022.

The zipline's appeal to teens and young adults, its potential to drive tourism to the city and offset costs of the plaza and park maintenance are a few of the reasons the Park Board listed as justification for the project.  

The City is hoping to move forward with the project as a private/public partnership. A private partner would be responsible for the operations, invest funds to design and build the zipline and also carry the liability. 

The city would receive a portion of the zipline's revenue, which is estimated to be between $40-65 thousand dollars. 

The Park Board is currently seeking to evaluate changes of constructability and permits, confirm the location for the zipline, evaluate interest of private partners and evaluate the level of support among the community as they move forward with next steps, according to the presentation.