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 2017 grant award winners are:
Outdoor Adventure Camp, City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Division
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.
Fun in the Sun Summer Camp, 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 and crafts, play games, run relays and many other activities.
Lifejack Loaner Program, Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf
The life jacket loaner program will make 80 U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets available to the public at our Northside Family Aquatic Facility at Bidwell Park and our Southside Family Aquatic Facilities at Prairie View Park. Children, teens and adults will be able to check-out a life jacket for use during swimming lessons or open swims.
Hagelin Disc Golf Course, Cheney Parks and Recreation (photo above of future location)
The Cheney Parks and Recreation department will install a nine hole disc golf course at Hagelin Park. The disc golf course will be low-maintenance, ensuring the sustainability of the project, but will provide a free activity in a low income neighborhood.
Liberty Lake ADA Improvements, Phase 2, Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf
Phase 2 of the ADA Improvements at Liberty Lake Regional park will build on the 2016 Foundation award. This “Phase 2” project will extend that ADA pathway from the picnic table to the Liberty Lake picnic shelter. Existing access to the shelter includes rough or sloping turf and gravel roadways that are a challenge for those with limited mobility. For families reserving the popular picnic shelter for reunions, weddings and other events, accessibility (or lack thereof) has been a major concern – especially for events with elderly participants. The park is heavily used as an “outdoor lab” by multiple school districts, the Girl Scouts, and other groups seeking to provide hands-on outdoor education. The project will help those groups expand their programming and be all-inclusive.
Linwood Park ADA Improvements, Phase 2, Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf
This “Phase 2” project will expand ADA access beyond last year’s Spokane Parks Foundation grant-funded ADA pathway project by adding an ADA-compliant playground feature to the park. The playground feature will offer an active play option for those children with limited mobility. As a component of this project, County Parks will cover the cost to connect this feature to the aforementioned pathway, completing an ADA pathway system that will connect the parking lot with the picnic shelter, restrooms and playground. These improvements will help address concerns raised by park visitors regarding access constraints to the park’s amenities.