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    Riverfront Park--The Fountain

    by JessieLang Written Sep 5, 2009

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    The Riverfront Park Rotary Fountain is a popular attraction for beating the Summer heat, and it is usually full of giggling children. Harold Balazs is the artist.

    The fountain has 5 stainless steel columns that are 24 feet tall. These support a 30- foot diameter ring containing 40 overhead jets. The jets spray towards the middle of the fountain producing a dome of water and a waterfall in the fountain's center. Eight geysers shoot water upwards.

    The fountain also has dozens of mist jets, and the 5 boulders have jets that spray sideways. To conserve water, the fountain water is filtered and recirculated.

    The fountain operates from Spring to Fall, 6am to midnight.

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    Riverfront Park--The Ice Palace

    by JessieLang Written Sep 5, 2009

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    This outdoor skating rink in the park will be open October 21, 2009 - February 28, 2010
    Hours of Operation: Open Daily
    Monday ........................ ...................11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Tuesday - Thursday ..........................11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Friday, Saturday and holiday eves ... 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Sundays ...........................................12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. (Closed Sunday Night)

    Drop in Hockey:
    Thursday ..................................................................................... 8:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.*
    *18 years of age and older. Proper equipment required

    Admission: (Skate rental is additional)
    Regular Admission
    Adults(13 & over)...........................................................................................$4.50
    Youth (3-12; Senior 62 and older; Military with I.D......................................$3.50
    Skate Rental ...................................................................................................$3.00
    Drop-in Hockey (Thursdays 8:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.).....................................$6.25

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    Riverfront Park--The Big Red Wagon

    by JessieLang Written Sep 5, 2009

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    "The Childhood Express" was created by Ken Spiering for the Centennial Celebration of Children in 1989. The wagon is an interactive sculpture--The handle is a slide. The large alphabet blocks nearby provide a place to sit or climb.

    Relax on a park bench while your kids play.

    A few statistics:
    Dimensions - 12' high x 12' wide x 27' long.
    Weight - 26 tons.

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    Riverfront Park--Tour Train

    by JessieLang Updated Sep 5, 2009

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    The 'Spokane Falls Northern Railway' makes a 40 minute loop through the park while
    the conductor highlights points of interest and historical facts during your ride.

    The train operates daily from early June until Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from Labor Day to sometime in October, from noon to 5 p.m.

    Board the train at one of these four locations:
    The Skyride
    The S. Howard bridge (near the carrousel)
    South of the Pavilion (on the hilltop)
    The North Gate (park entrance)

    Admission by day pass, or train ticket. Train Ticket price: $4.50/person

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  • Natural Areas

    by Shadownlite Updated Mar 27, 2007

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    Turnball Wildlife Refuge

    There are many natural areas all over Spokane and the surrounding area. It is a very "foresty" area. You may want to check out the surrounding areas where you will find many parks, places to go canoeing, hike along trails, and just enjoy nature. There is snow in the wintertime so most places are only accessiable during the Spring and Summer....and during the Fall it is hunting season so some areas are off limits.

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    Spokane Falls

    by GuthrieColin Updated Feb 12, 2007

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    Spokane Falls is the final fall of several in Riverfront Park alone and claims to be 80 feet (24 m) tall, but I think that may be including the dam. The falls were at one point a very important fishing point for the Spokane Indians and was a vital part of their culture. The successive damming of the Spokane and Columbia Rivers has completely stopped the salmon runs up these rivers.
    The waterfall itself is quite impressive though. Its volume stays fairly respectable year round but is highest in spring and winter it has recorded volumes as high as 49,000 cubic feet / sec (1,388 cubic meters / sec) but typically is less than 10,000 cfs. The built environment around the falls has greatly reduced the scenic beauty that this location once had. These roads and viewpoints make it possible, however, to see the falls from many different locations including a gondola which runs on a cable over the falls.

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    Upper Spokane Falls

    by GuthrieColin Written Jan 27, 2007

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    These Falls are a small part of what were the rappids of the Spokane River. The Creation of dams has submerged many of the falls but Upper Spokane Falls remains and it is accessed well by walkways that stretch across the river. The falls themselves are about 30 feet (9 m) high and vary greatly in volume over the year. In the summer they may be only a trickle but in wetter periods like spring and in the winter the falls can become very powerful.

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    Clock Tower

    by GuthrieColin Written Jan 26, 2007

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    Built in 1902 as a part of a railroad station, the clock tower is all that stands of the former building. It was donated to the city of Spokane as part of the expo of 1974. The building represents the railroads influence on this city without which, its development would not have been possible.
    It has a clock face on all 4 sides of the tower and glows with an amber color at night. The clock must be wound once a week to keep it on the right time and it chimes on the hour.

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    Garbage Goat

    by GuthrieColin Written Jan 26, 2007

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    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.

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    Check Out the Public Art

    by GuthrieColin Updated Jan 26, 2007

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    The Joy of Running Together
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    Spokane has made a very conscious effort to beautify its city with public art and parks. In Riverfront Park alone I saw at least 6 pieces of art. In 1981 the city enacted a “Percent for art” ordinance that made 1% of construction costs be spent purchasing public artwork.
    The result of their work has made for many pieces of artwork, some may seem a little unusual but at least one should be interesting to everyone. The artwork varies from a Native American Totem Pole to a sculpture of people running a marathon to a bus sized Radio Flyer complete with a set of stairs and a slide.

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    Riverfront Park

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 11, 2006

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    Riverfront park is the heart of downtown Spokane. Its central location and wide array of activities ensures there are always a lot of people enjoying its beauty. This park is about 100 acres on either bank of the river plus the two large islands, all connected by some 13 bridges. This area has a small amusement park area with some rides and games for families, as well as an IMAX, ice skating in the winter, a cable car over the falls, a historic, hand-carved carousel from 1909, and more. Adults may enjoy the quiet areas and the scenic views of the river and the falls a little more.

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    Manito Park

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 11, 2006

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    Manito Park covers 90 acres south of downtown Spokane, and features the Nishinomiya Japanese Garden, a European Renaissance-style garden, a beautiful rose garden, a duck pond, and much more. This is a popular area for children with playgrounds and sledding hills in the winter.

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  • Mt. Spokane

    by Shadownlite Updated Apr 25, 2006

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    View Off Of Mt. Spokane
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    Trips up Mt. Spokane are always beautiful. Just remember that in winter, the top of the mountain is closed off. If you want to reach the top, you need to take the trip up during warm months after the snow has melted.

    There is skiing at the resort here in winter, if they have gotten enough snow.

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    Spokane Opera House

    by aphrodyte Written Feb 8, 2006

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    Spokane Opera House

    Symphonies, Concerts, Musicals, Comedy Venues...The Spokane Opera House has catered to it.

    While visiting Spokane, We had the opportunity to see The classic tale of The Nutcracker.

    For more information on the concert events and venues happening at the Spokane Opera House and Convention Center visit:

    http://www.spokanecenter.com/

    or

    Spokane Symphony
    www.spokanesymphony.org

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    Northwest Museum of Art and Culture

    by aphrodyte Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    The MAC
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    The museum is home to over 68,000 objects representing fine art and material culture of regional history, American Indian, and fine arts from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. While I was there I had the opportunity to see many guest exhibits including Drawn to Yellowstone: Artists in America's First National Park which was quite breathtaking.

    The museum houses a gift shop and cafe.

    ***The museum is closed every Monday, except for President's Day and Martin Luther King Day.*** (So don't do what I did)

    GALLERY HOURS:
    Tuesday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Monday: Closed
    Holidays: Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day

    Adults: $7
    Seniors: $5 (62 & over)
    Students: $5 (Valid School ID required for students over 18)
    Children (5 year of age & under): Free

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