SPOKANE, Wash. – From the revamp of the Looff Carrousel to the installation of the Berry-Go-Round, the discussion about amusement rides in Riverfront park is far from over.
The Riverfront Park Committee is considering a permanent ride complex on the north bank of the river.
The Riverfront Park master plan is focused on making it more event-based rather than amusement-park based, which is why the Riverfront Park Committee decided to keep just the Berry-go-round, the spider and the historical Looff Carousel.
"There needs to be a balance between signature events and sort of traditional favorites and things you can count on always being there,” Committee member Jennifer Ogden said.
Ogden said it’s a topic worth addressing – the committee received about 75 emails from the community calling for the city to bring amusement rides back to the park permanently.
"I mean, that's a lot of public input compared to what we've received on other issues,” she said. “So we wanted those citizens to know we are doing our due diligence and (are) hearing them."
A new proposal would establish a permanent ride complex on the North bank of Riverfront park. This would require approval to amend part of the city’s 2014 master plan.
"Probably the most logical place for that would be the north bank where the playground is going in for that same age group,” Ogden said.
Park director Jonathan Moog said in a recent committee meeting the complex would not be a good financial decision. Regardless, the committee voted to have park staff conduct a feasibility assessment on the costs and maintenance of going forward with the idea.
"I think it would be great if there were more rides just because it gives the kids something to do. The carousel and this is fun, but kids always want to do more."
The deadline for the study is August 1, then the committee plans to discuss the results.