Caption: Huntington Park on the Spokane River.
With a $64-million Riverfront Park renovation, the park now has a new skate ribbon, Looff Carrousel building, Howard Street Bridge Promenade and updated SkyRide.
Work has progressed to the Pavilion. The old IMAX theater was torn down and the Pavilion is currently being transformed into an open-air event center. When the Pavilion is finished, work will move to the north bank of the Spokane River.
The entire renovation project should be finished in 2021.
Perhaps the most spectacular place to go is Huntington Park, which sits just west of Riverfront Park between Mobius Science Center and City Hall. Stop at the Tribal Gathering Place, the plaza surrounded by soothing water features and basalt stonework. Walk straight ahead to the viewing areas and take in the panorama of the lower falls below. These paths take you right up close to the lower falls. At base of the falls you’ll find The Salmon Chief, a sculpture honoring the native tribes that gathered annually at the falls to fish.
Once you’re down in the park, you’ll see meandering gravel paths, sculptures and pieces of art scattered thoughtfully around with benches for sitting. These paths take you right up close to the lower falls. At base of the falls you’ll find The Salmon Chief, a sculpture honoring the native tribes that gathered annually at the falls to fish.
The upper falls are easy to find on the north side of the park. Walking through, you’ll come upon two suspension bridges next to the stately white Washington Water Power building. Don’t be alarmed at the swaying, they are, after all, suspended by cables. During the spring run-off the water is high enough that it often soaks the pedestrian bridge.