Spokane’s Best Parks – Riverfront Park is Spokane’s best park. But don’t take my word for it, National Geographic recently ranked Riverfront Park as the third best park in all of America. Not bad, huh? It’s all about the waterfalls, which are aplenty, and provide for one of the most unique urban destinations in the world. How many major metros can boast waterfalls ripping through the core of their central city? Well, let’s count them: there’s Buffalo/Niagara, certainly America’s most famous waterfalls, but they’re not downtown. Greenville, South Carolina, has Falls’ Park, which is located downtown, and those waterfalls are […]
One of the cardinal symptoms of a healthy downtown is enough street activity to motivate local entrepreneurs engage the market, albeit one person at a time. May, 2011.
Mind your kids along the trails in Riverfront Park. A child can sprint well faster than 5-mph. I wonder if anyone has ever gotten a ticket? May, 2011.
The Centennial Trail through Riverfront Park is wide and inviting. May, 2011.
There are a lot of kiddie rides in Riverfront Park. Here’s a few of them. May, 2011.
The Ferris Wheel next to the Pavilion in Riverfront Park, Spokane. May, 2011.
…just another view of the tour train in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.
This little guy will take you around most of Riverfront Park’s roughly 100 acres. May, 2011.
The view looking easterly at the Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.
The Pavilion in Riverfront Park was a big tent structure for Expo 1974 activities. Locals joke that Seattle got the Space Needle, and Spokane got a big tent. May, 2011.
A nice view of the Pavilion at Riverfront Park. It was originally built as a tent for Expo 1974. May, 2011.
The shops beneath the Pavilion in Riverfront Park provide access to the IMAX and additional kids activities. May, 2011.
The view from inside the Pavilion at Riverfront Park. May, 2011.
Locals refer to the diagonalled INB Performing Arts Center by its given name — the Opera House. Both the Opera House and the Clock Tower are in Riverfront Park, downtown. May, 2011.
One of the many footbridges in Riverfront Park. This one places you directly above the upper Falls. May, 2011.
The view of the upper Spokane Falls from Canada Island in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.
These dual bridges across the Spokane River look pretty cool atop a perch in Riverfront Park. May, 2011.
This statue (title and artist unknown) provides a great vantage point overlooking the main drop of Spokane Falls and a panoramic view of Downtown Spokane. It’s located in Riverfront Park. March, 2011.
These footbridges criss-cross the Spokane River throughout Riverfront Park. March, 2011.
Canada Island in Riverfront Park is a giant basalt outcrop that splits the Spokane River as it drops through Downtown. March, 2011.
The gateway into Riverfront Park from Spokane Falls Boulevard. June, 2004.
During the summer months, kids’ activities dominate the space beneath the Pavilion in Riverfront Park. June, 2004.
The Pavilion in Riverfront Park hosts a multitude of activities beneath it. It was constructed for Expo 1974. June, 2004.
This over-sized Radio Flyer is a popular play area in Riverfront Park. June, 2004.
The old Looff Carrousel in Downtown Spokane. June, 2004.
The Centennial Trail is a 40+ mile long pathway that stretches from Coeur d’Alene through Spokane. This stretch of the Centennial Trail in Riverfront Park is wide and inviting. June, 2004.
Downtown Spokane from Riverfront Park. June, 2004.
Steps along the Spokane River adjacent to the Opera House. June, 2004.
The old YMCA building in Riverfront Park was demolished in 2011. This picture was taken in June, 2004.
A lovely day to read a book along the Spokane River in Riverfront Park. June, 2004.
Spokane’s most classic urban scene — Downtown’s Pavilion and Clock Tower in Riverfront Park. June, 2004.