I sat down with our newest Board member, Craig Andersen, to find out more about him!


What drew you to become a Board member of the Foundation?

I have always been passionate about parks. It is one of the things that drove me to be a Landscape Architect. Also, I had hear...

February 15, 2017

Riverfront Park has always amazed me; to me, it is the heart of the Spokane community. Like a heart, it has a palpable pulse, as you feel the spray of the raging water, hear the rumble and roar of the river, and gaze upon the awesome falls. Your own heart flutters in a...

April 4, 2016

The name Hamblen has been closely connected to Spokane’s parks for over a century. Laurence Hamblen was named to the City of Spokane Park Board in 1912, elected Park Board president in 1930 and held that role until his death in 1956. As Park Board president he appointe...

March 1, 2016

This month we check in with Tom Schoesler, SPF Board Member and chair of our Grant Allocations Committee. His committee is currently reviewing applications for our 2016 grant awards - the perfect time to check-in with him!


What do you do with your non-Foundation time?



January 19, 2016

Update: We are sad to write that Jen passed away on January 6, 2016. This post was originally published Sept 14, 2015. But to honor her memory, we are republishing it now. Jen was an invaluable asset to the Parks Foundation and to the entire Spokane community. She will...

January 19, 2016

Marilyn Thordarson has just taken the reins as president of the Spokane Parks Foundation Board. I sat down with her to find out a bit more about what brought her to us and why she has remained involved!


What brought you to the Spokane Parks Foundation?

Over my lifetime...

March 3, 2015

This month the Foundation focused on why and how parks make the community a better place. Carol Neupert, currently the Foundation’s president, has many opinions of why parks are so important.  She has been a part of the Foundation for four years and has brought her a w...

January 15, 2015

Phyllis Holmes served on the board of the Spokane Parks Foundation twice, for a total of about 7 years. She recently ended her time with the Foundation, after having served as our Board President for three years and then a year as Immediate Past President. (Though we a...

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