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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.

Artists using words to light up Spokane

Want to give your favorite business a shout out, or make an announcement that no one will miss? That's exactly what Spokane Arts wants to help you do with their latest project: Spokane Throw.

Artists are being asked to submit their handwritten letters to be considered for when the “light letters” are “thrown” onto the sides of buildings. The projections will be displayed throughout Create Spokane arts month in October.

The goal of the project is to create a partnership between artists and local businesses. Spokane Throw is also hoping local businesses will help sponsor the program by providing the donation necessary to host a light at their building.

Public comment needed on Mt. Spokane State Park expansion

Public comment needed on Mt. Spokane State Park expansion

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is inviting the public to comment on two proposals for Mount Spokane State Park.

The following are combined under one draft environmental impact statement which considers the potential impact of:

  • The expansion of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard park, adding one ski lift and seven ski trails in a 279-acre area.
  • A formal land classification and reclassification of a portion of the state park known as the Potential Alpine Ski Expansion Area (PASEA).

The deadline for comments is September 15.

You can find more information on the proposals, the draft environmental impact statement documents and a link to submit your comments here.

Park bathrooms closed for the season September 2

Park bathrooms closed for the season September 2

You may need to do a little extra planning the next time you head to a Spokane park. Even though the warm weather will draw large crowds, bathrooms in the majority of parks will close for the season on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Due to budget limitations, the annual restroom season only runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The closure includes all parks except Riverfront Park, Manito Park, the SE Sports Complex and the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

Portable toilets will be placed at more popular locations like Mission Park, Audubon Park, Comstock Park and Franklin Park through the end of October.

Top 10 things to do, see and eat at the Spokane County Fair

Top 10 things to do, see and eat at the Spokane County Fair

The Spokane County Interstate Fair is just one week away, and excitement is ramping up. It kicks off with Kid's Day on Friday, September 5 with free admission for everyone 17 and younger.

Hosted by Dave Smith Motors, their booth will be a wonderland of fun for kids including games, photos and giveaways including free passes to the Beck's Harvest House Corn Maze!

Photoboxx will have a booth up and running all day long to snap photos and post then on your instagram with the hashtag #StandUpToBullying.

There will also be a huge 22 foot piano for kids to dance on like the one in the classic movie, Big.

Of course the fair also features much more for kids and adults alike, and to help they have put together top 10 lists of things to do, see and eat.

 

Top 10 Free Things to Do and See:

  1. Over 15,000 entries in arts & crafts, agriculture, livestock, floral and grange displays and more.