The Skywalk system
Spokane is has one of the largest networks of skywalks in the United States. You can walk for many downtown blocks in this system without ever being exposed to the elements or waiting for a light at a crosswalk down at street level..
Construction on this expanse of sky bridges began in the 1960's connecting a new parking structure, the Parkade, with the Bon Marche (now Macy's). The system has continued to expand, and it connects to 2 parking garages, the big downtown stores, city hall, the library, and an assortment of restaurants, banks and small shops.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game ...
Catch the Spokane Indians baseball team at a home game in the summer. They were the Northwest League Champions in 2008. Games are played in Avista Stadium, Game time - 6:30
Tickets: Box - $10; Bench - $6.
Purchase single tickets on-line from from Tickets West – (ticketswest.com)
The Indians have a player development contract with the Texas Rangers.
Patsy Clark's Restaurant
Patsy Clark was a silver miner and the restaurant is set up in his home, which was built in 1898. While the antiquity of the home is prserved, an absolutely beautiful job of converting it to a restaurant has been done. The Steak!
The garbage Goat was created by artist Paula Turnbull. It is a steel sculpture which has an internal vacuum that will eat small pieces of garbage when you put it to the goats’ mouth. A trash compactor inside of the goat helps to keep the area clean.
This Sculpture could be hours of fun. You push the button and put trash in front of it's mouth and it eats it and makes grumbling noises. It has become very popular and many who visit Spokane can’t help but visit this monument.
Manito Park Gardens
This 90-acre park, established in 1904, is a great place for visitors who like gardens and flowers. Attractions (all free) include:
Duncan Gardens - Constructed in 1912 on 3 acres - a classical European Renaissance garden with symmetrical beds and central fountain. The adjacent Greenhouse (conservatory) is full of exotic plants, all with labels.
The Rose Garden – developed in the 1940s, and now contains 150 varieties of roses
Perennials Garden – over 300 labeled plant species
The Lilac Garden – constructed in 1912. It contains over 100 lilacs representing 23 species.
The Japanese Garden – Established in 1974, it symbolizes the friendship between Spokane and its sister city, Nishinomiya. It is a tranquil place with beautiful Japanese landscaping, a waterfall, bridges and koi pond.
The Duck Pond – Ducks and geese, shade trees, and benches.
Playground and picnic area – Children’s play equipment, charcoal grills and firepits, picnic tables.
There is a loop road that goes past everything, with parking lots near the main gardens. It also makes a very pleasant 1 ½ -mile walking tour. The “Park Bench” Café (open in the summers only) has sandwiches, cold drinks and snacks available for purchase.
Photo 5 is a map of the park.