Originally built as the U.S. Federal pavilion for Expo ’74, the Pavilion was a gift to the Spokane region from the United States government. The Master Plan aims to restore the Pavilion into a flexible use event space able to host everything from the Hoopfest Nike Court game and the Bloomsday Awards Ceremony, to a summer concert series and an outdoor giant screen film festival.
Riverfront Park is the living room of our community. The Park should connect us-linking north and south, bringing the community together at the River and providing meeting and event places that celebrate our history, our bioregion and our people.
A new, expanded building for the Looff Carrousel allows for greater egress around the Carrousel itself, incorporates a larger event facility to better host everything from birthday parties to corporate events, provides expanded restrooms, concessions and a gift shop, as well as incorporates a climate controlled space to protect the longevity of the wood carvings.
Riverfront Park’s Looff Carrousel is one of America’s most beautiful and well preserved, hand-carved wooden carousels. It has 54 horses, a giraffe, a tiger and two Chinese dragons, all of which are hand carved.
One of the top three new attractions requested by the public is a destination playground. Current concepts that are being explored look to develop a large 1 to 1.5 acre playground as an outdoor learning and play experience that tells the story of how the Ice Age Floods shaped our region.
The new Recreational Rink and SkyRide Facility will sit on the south edge of Riverfront Park, set to the east and nestled amongst the existing London Plane trees of the Gondola Meadow. This placement creates a more enchanting, more visible recreational park experience for users, while still preserving much of the Gondola Meadow.