Each year, the Spokane Parks Foundation invests in community-driven initiatives and park department programs that enhance public parks and support educational and recreational activities throughout Spokane County. Any park and recreation department or community-based group with a park project or program within Spokane County may apply. We give priority to projects and programs that demonstrate active and committed community involvement, and exhibit creativity and innovation in implementation and partnerships.
Our 2016 grant award winners are:
Program grants provide financial support to activities happening in parks.
Youth and Teen Outdoor Adventure Day Camp
The Youth and Teen Outdoor Adventure Day Camp provides a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities for
youth and teens ages 8-16. The program strives to provide youth and teens with new outdoor experiences while building self-confidence, self-respect and a sense of responsibility for
themselves, the community and the environment.
Northeast Youth Center
NEYC serves an average of 100 children daily and over 500 different children throughout the summer. Each day the children have an opportunity for a new adventure at one of the local parks. While at the park they hike, learn sports, do arts & crafts, play games, run relays and many other activities.
Art for the Park
Art for the Park will take place on May 21, 2016. Four teams, each led by a professional artist who has created the designs, will paint large-scale art to fill the four intersections around the park in Browne's Addition. The art creation will be open to the public all day long, with a wide variety of other activities designed to draw people in to enjoy and celebrate Spokane's oldest park.This day of innovative art is intended to raise money for capital projects and increase awareness of the park and its history. Other benefits include promoting professional and public art in Spokane and developing community in the neighborhood.
Valleyfest was founded in 1990 to expose all children to the benefits of visual and performing arts, science, nature and recreation. Valleyfest produces a free three-day community festival located at Mirabeau Point Park, CenterPlace Regional Event Center, the Centennial Trail and along the Spokane River.
Project grants provide support for capital improvements in parks.
Audubon Park Information Kiosk
A permanent information kiosk will provide a better visual entrance to the park and will allow more space to display the park rules and activities, a park map and other information
about the park and the surrounding neighborhood.
Linwood Park ADA Improvements
The project will develop an ADA-compliant cement pathway from the parking lot to the picnic shelter and from the shelter to the restroom, which is already ADA-compliant, for a total of 332 linear feet. The improvements will address concerns raised by park visitors regarding access to the park’s amenities.
Liberty Lake ADA Improvements
The project will involve enhancing and improving access to Liberty Lake Regional Park, Spokane County’s largest and most popular park. The park was developed in the early 1970’s, before the Americans with Disabilities Act. Therefore, few amenities within the park comply with the ADA and there are no ADA designated parking stalls in the main parking lot, which is currently gravel. To improve access to those with mobility concerns, the project will develop approximately 125 linear feet of ADA-compliant paved pathway to an ADA-compliant picnic table under shade. The project will also construct two paved ADA parking stalls, located where the pathway will start.