Riverfront Park (Spokane, Washington)
Riverfront Park in 2005
|Location||Downtown Spokane, Washington, U.S.|
|Area||100 acres (0.40 km2)|
|Created||1974, 45 years ago|
|Operated by||Spokane Parks and|
|Status||Open year round|
(daily, 5 am to midnight)
|Public transit access||Spokane Transit Authority|
Riverfront Park is a public park in the northwest United States, in downtown Spokane, Washington. The one-hundred-acre (40 ha) park is located along the Spokane River containing the upper Spokane Falls and just upstream from the lower falls.
It was created 45 years ago 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, and the 155-foot (47 m) clock tower, now a Spokane icon. Originally part of the Great Northern Railway Depot, completed in 1902 and demolished in 1973, its “giant grandfather clock” is wound by hand once a week.
Other park amenities include the Riverfront Park Carousel, IMAX theatre (1978), skyride over the falls, and a small amusement park for kids. During winter months, a skating rink is home to the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL.
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.