The Riverfront Park (RFP) Advisory Committee was created by the Mayor and approved by Resolution of the Park Board. The primary role of the RFP Advisory Committee is to provide overall guidance to Park’s Staff and the Park Board on proposed park goals, uses, design alternatives, financing options, community outreach and overall scope of work related to the future development of Riverfront Park. The Riverfront Park Advisory Committee will be a temporary, volunteer committee, running from April 2013 through March 2014.
McGregor talked about why this assignment is important to him as a father of three and as a citizen who appreciates all that makes Spokane a great place to live. He also recognizes the need for economic development and a refresh of Riverfront Park.
“Riverfront Park is the heart and soul of Spokane, which is why every citizen has such strong feelings about it,” McGregor said. “But while the Park is special to us, I think we also feel like it’s not living up to its potential. So after 40 years of more or less staying the course, we need to make a few smart changes so it will serve Spokane for the next 40 years,” McGregor said.
“Riverfront Park is a lot like Spokane — on the verge of something great, but not quite there yet. And that’s right where city leaders were back in the 1950s, when they started looking for some kind of spark. They gave us Expo ’74 and Riverfront Park. Now it falls to our generation to build on that legacy.
“I think a lot of the answers are right in front of us, we just need to agree on a plan of attack. And that’s where this committee comes in — to process all the best ideas in this community and from around the world,” McGregor added.
“From the Spokane Falls to the Carrousel to the Garbage Goat, we have a lot to work with. There’s absolutely no reason we can’t have one of the biggest attractions in the American West right here — and all the economic vitality that comes with that.”
Ted McGregor (Committee Chair), Publisher – The Inlander
Ted McGregor grew up in Spokane, and at age 9 he was lucky enough to hold a season’s pass to Expo ’74. At opening day, he asked his dad if they brought in the river just for the World’s Fair. After graduating from Gonzaga Prep in 1983, then the University of Washington and then the University of Missouri for graduate school, he returned to Spokane in 1993 and founded the Inlander weekly newspaper, where he continues as publisher.