UPDATE: The City of Spokane issued a statement correcting a previous post from Saturday night regarding the status of a skater injured at the ice ribbon.
"We inaccurately reported last night that an injured skater had passed away. We confirmed today that she is in critical condition.
We are terribly sorry for our error and misinformation. Our deepest thoughts and prayers remain with the family.
We will continue to conduct a thorough review of the circumstances around the accident, and of all safety processes and practices. Helmets are being made available today to ice skaters at no cost.
The ice ribbon will remain open during the investigation. Future updates will be posted on the City’s website."
SPOKANE, Wash. – An ice skater died after falling at Riverfront Park’s new Ice Ribbon. According to the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation, the skater fell Friday, January 19 and was injured and eventually died.
“The City of Spokane is deeply saddened by this horrible tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family, and we send our deepest condolences,” said Mayor David Condon.
Riverfront Park said it is conducting a review of incident, all safety processes and practices. The city said the first step will be to secure helmets to make them available to ice skaters at no cost as soon as possible.
The city said the ice ribbon will remain open during the investigation.