Riverfront Park (Spokane, Washington)
Riverfront Park in 2005
|Location||Downtown Spokane, Washington|
|Area||100 acres (400,000 m2)|
|Operated by||Spokane Parks and Recreation Department|
|Status||Open year round (daily 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.)|
|Public transit access||Spokane Transit Authority|
Riverfront Park is a public park in downtown Spokane, Washington. The 100 acre park is located along the Spokane River containing the upper Spokane Falls and just upstream from the lower falls. It was created for Expo '74, a World's Fair event. The defining feature of the park is the Pavilion, which is marked by a 145-foot-tall (44 m) metal frame and wire shell that formed the US Pavilion tent during Expo '74. The park is well known for the Riverfront Park Carousel, as well as an IMAX theatre, clock tower, skyride over the falls, a small amusement park for kids, a skating rink during the winter months (home to the Gonzaga Bulldogs special hockey team), and the Spokane River Centennial Trail which passes through it.
Festivals and Events
Riverfront Park plays host to numerous events including the following:
- The Lilac Bloomsday Run Post-Race Celebration in May.
- Spokane Hoopfest in June.
- 4th of July fireworks display.
- Kid's day in August.
- Pow Wow in August.
- Pig Out in the Park during Labor Day weekend.
- Spokane Riverfront Park Homepage
- Spokane Night Scenes, Riverfront Park
- Environmental Impact of Riverfront Park and Expo '74, Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest