April 3, 2017

My family didn't "discover" Liberty Lake Regional Park until last year. We'd been meaning to get there for quite a few years - in fact, my Girl Scout troop had reservations to camp there one summer...but the forest fires were raging and the air was difficult to breathe...

March 7, 2017

Every park has a story. A huge part of that story is how the park helps to build stronger, happier neighborhoods. And the Spokane Parks Foundation is proud to help write and tell that story through our grants process.

Each spring the Foundation awards small, strategic g...

February 27, 2017

Every park has a story. A reason for its existence. A history of its time in and impact on its community. This year we are going to explore 12 parks and 12 park stories. I hope that you'll check in with us each week and read the growing story of parks and people.

February 14, 2017

I know, I know. The snow is still covering much of the trails around here. The ice is still coating a lot of trail parking lots. And what isn't covered with coldness seems to be consumed by mud.

But for the brave few who dare, its not too early to get back outside! 


April 4, 2016

The historic photos that we have of Coeur d'Alene Park recall idyllic days of strolls in Sunday best, brass bands playing in the band stand, and beds bursting with flowers.

But it wasn't always that perfect.

The City's first park was founded in 1891 - and almost closed...

March 1, 2016

It's no surprise really that 92% of American believe that their communities benefit from local parks.


After all, research has proven that parks keep us healthier - both mentally and physically.


But it is also true that parks make our communities safer by encouraging us...

March 1, 2016

The Surgeon General recently issued a call to Americans to get out and walk. The National Recreation and Park Association has answered the call by pushing parks as an optimal walking environment.


But as part of that, they also realized that too many of us lack easy and...

January 12, 2016

Frederick Law Olmsted already knew what science is just beginning to prove. In fact, based on how we've built our societies, its something we've known all along - we need nature.


Just picture it...you're having the most Monday of all Mondays. Your stress levels are thr...

January 12, 2016

"Health data shows that as little as 30 minutes of walking a day cuts the incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease in half, lowers the likelihood of diabetes by 60 percent, limits colon cancer by 31 percent for women and reduces risk of dementia, heart disease, depression, ost...

November 2, 2015

I'm fairly certain that Elsie is not a woman who's name most people in Spokane know. But in and around the Beaverton area her name shows up on community centers and in many things park-related.


I knew Elsie when she was retired, but even then she was a force to be reck...

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