Spokane, Washington

Feeding the Beast

Jeff Humphrey, Media Manager, No Phone Number Available. It’s a piece of equipment that typically lays down airport runways and interstates. But, you’ll find something called a slip-form paver working the Thor-Freya couplet, as the City of Spokane turns to concrete to make our busier streets last longer.
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Body Found In Rochester Heights Park

SPD’s Major Crimes Unit investigating body found in Rochester Heights Park. On 07-01-2022 a little after 11AM, a citizen discovered a body in Rochester Heights Park (1801 E Everett Ave), located in Northeast Spokane. The death is being investigated as a homicide. The investigation is still in its preliminary...
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Spokane County Conservation Futures Funds Palisades Park Expansion

Spokane County’s voter-supported Conservation Futures Program has successfully funded the acquisition of 114 acres as an addition to Palisades Park, which will be owned and managed by City of Spokane Parks & Recreation. As the number one-ranked property on the 2021 Conservation Futures acquisition list, the purchase of the Rimrock to Riverside (R2R) property expands Palisades Park from 401 acres to 515 acres, an increase of 28%, which would allow for future trail and bridge connectivity between the park with Riverside State Park.

Keep Hot Materials Out Of Garbage Carts

Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager, 509.625.7773. The City of Spokane Solid Waste Management Department is asking residents to refrain from placing hot materials, including fire or barbeque coals in their garbage carts, dumpsters, or other containers. Already this year, solid waste has caught fire in City garbage trucks. When the solid...

Special Paver Assists Thor-Freya Project

Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager, 509.625.7773. Tens of thousands of vehicles travel the Thor-Freya corridor each day and many of those vehicles are heavy freight trucks. Concrete is being used for the Thor-Freya reconstruction project due to the corridor’s type and high volume of traffic because it is a stronger and more sustainable material. Contractors working on the project have brought in a Slip Form Paver to install concrete in high volume and in less time to keep construction on time and within budget.

Mayor Announces New East Central Police Space

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740. Spokane police officers will begin working out of the former East Central Library on Friday, Mayor Nadine Woodward announced today. Officers who formerly worked out of a small donated space at St. Ann’s Church on the lower South Hill will serve the neighborhood from the...

Leave Fireworks to the Professionals. Including Sparklers.

Jamie McIntyre, Community Risk Reduction Manager, 509.625.7058. With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, Spokane Fire Department reminds everyone that the sale and use of all amateur (consumer) fireworks is illegal in the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Millwood, Liberty Lake and the unincorporated areas of Spokane County.

City Details Fourth of July Activities, Closures

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740. In observance of the Independence Day holiday, Spokane City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 4. On-street paid parking meters will not require payments on Monday, July 4. Garbage pickup and curbside recycling will be a day late after the Fourth of July, with...

Tuesday Afternoon Indian Trail Brush Fire

On June 28th at approximately 5:15 pm, Spokane Fire Department (SFD) crews responded to a reported brush fire in the area of Indian Trail Road and Weile Ave. Wind was a factor and was pushing the fire through the grass and trees towards homes on West Excell Lane. Even with the large amount of rain we have had in the area, the ground fuels (grass, weeds, and brush) and trees dry out very quickly with the warm weather and burn quickly when ignited.

Wilkerson Elected As Association of Washington Cities Board Vice Pres.

Council Member Wilkerson Elected As Association of Washington Cities Board Vice President. Lisa Gardner, City Council Communications Director, 509.625.6226. The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) recently elected new officers to the AWC Board of Directors, selecting Spokane City Councilmember Betsy Wilkerson as its most recent Vice President for 2022-2023. “It...

Council Approves Homeless Shelter Lease

Lisa Gardner, City Council Communications Director, 509.625.6226. City Council voted 6-1 on a lease agreement proposed for a homeless shelter at 4320 E. Trent Ave. The E. Trent facility is owned by Lawrence B. Stone Properties #4320, LLC, and is expected to be ready for occupancy around the beginning of August 2022 and will serve as a low barrier shelter occupying 150 – 250 unhoused individuals.

Shooting in Northwest Spokane sends 2 juveniles to the hospital

Ofc. X.A. Berkeley, PIO, Spokane Police Department. At approximately 12:45am, Spokane police officers responded to the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex 5701 N Assembly St after receiving multiple 911 calls about a large fight which led to a shooting. When officers arrived, they located two juvenile males (ages 15 and 16)...

27-year SPD veteran released from hospital after being shot yesterday

Officer Kris Honaker was shot in the line-of-duty Sunday June 26, 2022, after responding to multiple drive-by shooting calls. Officer Honaker sustained injuries to his leg and head. Despite the serious wounds, we are happy to report Officer Honaker has been released from the hospital and is beginning to recuperate. Being released from the hospital is a terrific sign, but the steps and timeframe required for recovery are still uncertain.
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Name and Designs Revealed for Future Riverfront Dog Park

Josh Morrisey, City of Spokane Parks & Recreation, Marketing Assistant, No Phone Number Available. A crowd of people and their four-legged friends gathered near the Forestry Shelter in Riverfront Park Saturday, June 19, 2022 to see the unveiling of the new name and design concepts for a future dog park — part of a fundraising project through the Spokane Parks Foundation.

Summertime Water Conservation Measures

Kara Odegard, Manager or Sustainability Initiatives, No Phone Number Available. While water is precious and finite, Spokane residents currently use more of it than 97% of the rest of the country. The goal of the recently adopted water conservation and drought response ordinance is to protect one of the region’s most invaluable resources, our water. The ordinance consists of 2 parts: water conservation and drought response.
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Downtown Streets Close Friday at 7 P.M.

Kirstin Davis, Community & Economic Development Communications Manager - 509.625.7773. The City of Spokane and Spokane Hoopfest are reminding the public that some downtown streets will be closed off beginning Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. in order for volunteers to begin transforming the downtown core into hundreds of basketball courts for this weekend’s tournament.

Are you concerned about traffic safety in your neighborhood?

Shauna Harshman, Manager of Neighborhood Connectivity Initiatives, No Phone Number Available. The goal of City of Spokane’s Traffic Calming program is to make our city neighborhoods more livable and safe for all users. The program began in 2010 with funding from the Photo Red Light and School Speed radar tickets and all ticket monies go directly into the Traffic Calming Program.

Pilot Program Proposed To Accelerate Housing

Kirstin Davis, Community & Economic Development Communications Manager - 509.625.7773. Mayor Nadine Woodward, Council President Breean Beggs and Council Member Michael Cathcart announced today a proposed pilot program to modify residential zoning to accelerate more housing in neighborhoods. The Building Opportunity and Choices for All pilot program would allow more...