Imagine Riverfront as the central gathering place for the region, pulling people to the center (the Central Plaza and Pavilion) for all major events and festivals. The Public Spaces and Park Grounds develops the continuity throughout the Park while increasing potential use through well-lit, expanded walkways. The Howard Street Promenade aims to be a strong architectural and visual connection through the Park, leading visitors to the center of the Park and to the Spokane River gorge.
The Berger Partnership earned the Public Spaces and Park Grounds contract through their innovative design and community engagement. The firm began initial design work in early September 2015 and provided a progress update during a public meeting to the Design Steering Committee and Riverfront Park Committee, as well as many interested community members in November 2015. This presentation illuminated the possible design direction by sharing Berger’s general concept path. Additionally, Berger compiled and shared a detailed mapping of each section of the Park that will assist all consultants in collaboration throughout the entire four years of the project.
Berger’s work leads the project and dictates the flavor of theme throughout all aspects. The process of design requires consistent communication and engagement with stakeholders, including the most important stakeholder, the sentiment of the community as a whole.
The brand new Howard Street South Channel Bridge will serve as the main gateway into Riverfront Park for hundreds of thousands of pedestrian visitors each year.
The lowdown on the new Howard Street South Channel Bridge:
- Offers pedestrians step-down features to get closer to the river
- First phase of Howard Street Promenade
- Gateway into Riverfront Park
CONNECT WITH NATURE ON A WHOLE NEW LEVEL
CONSTRUCTION -Thru Fall 2017
The pedestrian bridge just north of the Rotary Fountain is fenced off and crews are currently demolishing the bridge. The City worked with Avista to lower the Upper Falls Reservoir to accommodate the bridge removal. The construction access road is also being developed, which will serve as the construction pathway for a majority of redevelopment work over the next few years. To allow for development of this access road to ferry large equipment, the playground was removed and the theme stream fenced off.