An old Spokane park is becoming new again, as Huntington Park, which sits along the Spokane River below city hall, is getting a facelift.
Excavators and dirt piles now sit where the Spokane City Hall parking lot used to be as construction crews are turning the spot into a new plaza that next spring will include two water features, a fire feature and stone benches that will offer unobstructed views of the Monroe Street bridge and the Spokane River.
The new plaza will also offer a gateway to Huntington Park, which was built for Expo '74 but wasn't used much because of its difficult access and it was hidden down along the river.
Named for a former president of Washington Water Power, Huntington Park is getting a new stone retaining wall, lawns, landscaping, sidewalks, and picnic areas.
Avista owns the land and is paying for the renovations. The project is about 80-percent complete and is scheduled to be finished in the spring, just in time for Avista's 125th birthday and the 40th anniversary of Expo '74.