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All Spokane County Library facilities to close for Thanksgiving holiday

All Spokane County Library facilities to close for Thanksgiving holiday

All Spokane Country Library District  facilities will be closed Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Regular hours resume Saturday, November 29, 2014.

SCLD online services remain available 24/7.
 

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

The winter holidays are already making their way into River Park Square. Earlier today, construction of the giant Christmas tree that graces the mall's main entrance was completed by Spokane Firefighters IAFF Local 29.

This is the union's 2nd year setting up the tree. According to River Park Square's Marketing Director, Elizabeth Mills, the tree was set up in a record time of 1.5 days.

The Christmas tree you see today has been the main part of River Park Square's holiday decorations since about 2002. The tree itself stands 50 feet tall; the 4 foot star atop the tree makes the whole thing tower 54 feet above the main floor.

10,000 LED lights sparkle on the tree's 689 branches. The silver and red ornaments that give the tree its holiday cheer are numerous. In fact, there are roughly 2,400 of them.

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

This winter, staff and volunteers from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer guided hikes through the ancient, old growth forest at Rockport State Park.

The Deep Forest Experience hikes take place between 10:00 a.m. And 2:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December 5 through February 15, at Rockport State Park. The park is located just off the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20), .06 miles west of the town of Rockport.

Ice Palace opening delayed for warm temperatures

Ice Palace opening delayed for warm temperatures

Mother Nature is forcing the Ice Palace in Riverfront Park to delay it's opening a week to October 29, and possibly even later.

“We are eager to have the Ice Palace open for everyone to enjoy and know we'll have some people disappointed the weather hasn't allowed us to open as originally scheduled,” said Riverfront Park Assistant Manager Debby Dodson.

This great warm weather isn't something that could have predicted four months ago when the planning process took place.

“We hope for the best fall conditions a the right time, and remarkably, what we have now is more like summer conditions,” Dodson said.

It takes six or more consecutive days of cooler weather for installation, and at least average fall temperatures to sustain the ice rink. Rushing the installation during less-than-ideal conditions could set back the opening an additional two weeks and ring up extra labor and supply costs.

Vote Spokane number one for Best American Riverfront

Vote Spokane number one for Best American Riverfront

Each week USA Today teams up with 10Best to bring you a new travel poll on the top destinations in America. This week the theme is Best American Riverfront, and Spokane has made the list!

According to the poll a great waterfront can “define a city” when they make the most of it. They chose their candidates based on urban planning and green space, public access, beauty, popularity and ability to handle special events.

They finally narrowed the field down to just 20 contenders, including Spokane. The poll says Spokane is home to the second largest urban waterfalls in the country, and highlights its footbridges, platforms and the SkyRide for providing breathtaking views.

Spokane is currently the number two city according to votes, only behind Dubuque, Iowa. You have until Monday, October 20th at noon to vote for your favorite city. You can find a link to the poll here, and no registration is necessary.

Pocket Park pops up downtown for PARK(ing) Day

Pocket Park pops up downtown for PARK(ing) Day

If you spent any time in downtown Spokane this afternoon, you may have noticed a brand new park popped up overnight in front of Riverpark Square. The tiny plot of land comes with a big message, helping to raise awareness about the importance of green-space in urban landscapes.

Just as quickly as it appeared, however, the park also disappeared. It was just a temporary installment – part of Spokane's first ever PARK(ing) Day.

“It's basically an open source experiment,” said Luke Schauer with Clearwater Summit Group. “It was started by the Rebar Group in 2005 in San Francisco. It started out as sort of an art project and expanded into the community with these pocket parks, softening up the hardscapes and bringing awareness to sustainable design.”

Schauer says the park only took about 25 minutes to install. First they laid down the sod, then lined it with paving stones and filled in the gaps with beauty bark. Finally, some furniture and potted plants provided the finishing touches. Nothing will go to waste, either.