Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Whitewater Park: Comment Period

As FOF’s work on behalf of the proposed Spokane whitewater park continues, so does progress for permitting the feature. On May 13, the City of Spokane completed its application for a Hearing Examiner Shoreline Conditional Use Permit and an Administrative Floodplain Development Permit. This triggered the customary 30-day public comment period, which began on May 27 and will close on June 26, 2009.

Members of the public may learn more, and/or comment on the proposed feature through the City at:

Planning Services Department
Attn: Tami Palmquist, City Planner
808 West Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99201-3329

Tami may also be reached by phone at 509-625-6157, or via e-mail at: . Additional information is of course available here (just search through the articles under the “Whitewater Park” tab at top, or at the City’s website, linked here. A copy of the Notice of Application is linked below.

Notice of Application

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Whitewater Demo & Benefit Dinner

imageOn Tuesday, May 5, kayakers and supporters of the future gorge whitewater park will get a rare chance to see a kayak competition and meet one of the nation’s foremost experts on whitewater parks.

Both opportunities - a freestyle “Hydrotherapy Session” on the Spokane River near Liberty Lake, and an evening benefit dinner - involve a visit from Gary Lacey, an expert kayaker and designer of the Spokane whitewater park. Mr. Lacey will help judge the day’s competition, award prizes, and answer questions about Spokane’s future whitewater park.

The “Hydrotherapy Session” will begin at 6:00 pm on the river near Liberty Lake, and offer residents a taste of the action the whitewater park will soon bring to downtown Spokane. Admission is free for Friends of the Falls members; for non-members a $10 donation is suggested. The specific location for the competition will depend on river flows, so check the Hydrotherapy Session website for updates on location and logistics.

At 7:30 pm, all are invited to the benefit dinner at the Bitterroot Lodge in Liberty Lake’s River District, where Mr. Lacey will give a brief update on the Whitewater Park and award prizes for the day’s kayak events. Admission is just $25/plate, with complementary beverages. Proceeds will benefit Friends of the Falls.

Dinner seating is limited. RSVP today to Steve at FOF via . Folks that join or renew their Friends of the Falls membership by April 30 will receive dinner for free!

Don’t miss the chance to see what whitewater kayaking is all about - played out on the Spokane river, with insights and conversation with one of the best in the field - on Tuesday, May 5.

FOF thanks event sponsors Greenstone Homes, Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company, and Mountain Gear.

Join FOF today! (weblink)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Public Meeting: Whitewater Park

imageAs the design and permitting phase of Spokane’s proposed whitewater park continues to progress, one step involves hosting “open-house” style meetings to give folks an opportunity to see the work first-hand - and to give FOF and its design consultants feedback.

Just such an event is coming up soon: Spokane Parks, acting as lead in this case, is hosting a public meeting on the whitewater park on Thursday, August 14 at the West Central Community Center from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Per State requirements, the Department recently sent notice by mail to those who live near the project area, and has posted notice in “People’s Park” near the Sandifur Bridge.

Again, the purpose of the meeting is to receive comments and input from the community on the preliminary design of the feature, and will serve as the initial public meeting for the project’s conditional use permit application under State shoreline regulations.

Please help us out by attending this important meeting, and by letting anyone who wishes to express their support for and/or concerns about the project know about it, too!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

“Down to Earth” slideshow

imageThe guys at the Spokesman-Review’s Down to Earth blog have done it again, this time producing a nice slideshow about the proposed whitewater park.

Right up front (it’s the title of the post) moderators Bart Mihailovich and Paul Dillon admit it’s no Michael Moore production, but the images and narration they’ve put together covers some of the key attributes of the proposal - and if you haven’t visited the confluence area yourself, offers some great shots of conditions where the park is to be located.

Check it out at Down to Earth, and thanks, guys!

DTE Whitewater Park slideshow (Weblink)


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