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Thursday, May 7, 2020

An update from Spokane Parks & Recreation on COVID-19

The City of Spokane Parks & Recreation Department has new information on current impacts to Parks & Recreation spaces and programs. On May 1, Governor Inslee announced Washington's phased approach to re-opening. Phase 1 began earlier this week, and allows golf courses to open with COVID-19 protocols in place. The dates to move into Phase 2, 3, and 4 are not known at this time. Most of the City's Recreation and Riverfront programs require Phase 3 and 4 status to become operational.

Current impacts to Parks & Recreation, as of May 5:

Recreation programs: Recreation programs scheduled to occur on or before May 31 will either be cancelled or postponed. This includes outdoor programs, adult and youth sports, Corbin Art Center classes/camps, personal interest classes, and Therapeutic Recreation Services. The City will re-assess summer programs on May 22. Participants scheduled for activities from now through May 31 will be offered a credit on their account. If you have questions, call 311 (outside the city, dial 509-755-2489).

Parks, trails, and natural areas: These spaces are accessible, while practicing social distancing. Play structures and dog parks remain closed. Amenities like basketball courts, tennis courts, disc golf courses and similar are accessible only for recreation with those in your household unit (parent/child shooting hoops, for example), but closed to pick-up games and gatherings of any kind.

Restrooms: Many restrooms in parks are closed. At this time, the City does not have the resources to disinfect multiple times per day the restrooms across the nearly 90 City parks. They are exploring portable restrooms in the most popular destinations.

Golf: Golf courses re-opened this past Tuesday, May 5 under revised protocols.

Aquatics: Pre-season lap swimming at Witter pool (normally runs May 4-early June at Witter only) is cancelled, due to the uncertain nature and timing of re-opening facilities (Phase 3), limited staff, and budget impacts from COVID-19. The City is continuing to assess the regular aquatics season (mid-June-August) with their regional partners and have updates.

Riverfront attractions: Riverfront attractions remain closed under the Governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. The Visit Spokane center is also closed. The park's open space remains available for public use. There is limited restroom availability.

Riverfront-hosted events and activities: Riverfront events and activities scheduled to occur before or on May 31 are either postponed or cancelled. This includes Riverfront Barre Sculpt, Spin, and Story Time at the Carrousel. The City will re-evaluate events and activities scheduled for June on May 22.

Indoor and outdoor event space rentals: The City will not be able to honor reservations between now and May 31, but can tentatively hold dates for events scheduled to occur in June and beyond. This includes Riverfront Park, Corbin Art Center, and Finch Arboretum's Woodland Center. Staff is working with event organizers to re-schedule May events and create contingency plans. June events will be re-evaluated on May 22.

Community & Senior Centers: Centers operate independently. You can contact the centers directly for questions:

The City anticipates additional changes as the situation evolves. For more information and current updates, visit

Stay engaged with the Spokane Symphony on Social Media

There are several great ways to enjoy and learn more about the Spokane Symphony, its Music Director, James Lowe, and all the talented musicians. Here are links to some of the things the Spokane Symphony is doing to stay in touch with the community: And of course, you can visit their website at, to view the upcoming 75th season starting in September! Tickets are on sale now!

Chaps Restaurant offering Mother's Day Oatmeal this Sunday!

One of Spokane's favorite restaurants, Chaps in Latah Valley, will be open this Sunday morning, Mother's Day from 8-10am, for pick-up, offering their famous oatmeal. Single servings are $8.50, no pre-orders. Just pull up in your vehicle to pickup and pay. There may be a few other items they will be offering to go. Chaps is located at 4237 Cheney Spokane Road, next to Yoke's Supermarket off Highway 195.

Follow them on social media for more information.

2020 Browne's Addition Summer Concerts cancelled

The Executive Committee of Browne's Addition Neighborhood Council has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Browne's Addition Summer Concert Series based on the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They do plan on bringing these popular concerts back to Coeur d'Alene Park in 2021.

To contract Browne's Addition Neighborhood Council send email to

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