The Spokane River Forum continues to work with diverse partners to improve river access and develop a Spokane River water trail. These are key aspects to the Forum's commitment to provide public outreach and education by introducing people directly to the wonders of the Spokane River.
This summer two new points of river access are expected to open.
The Forum is working with the City of Spokane Water Department to open an access point just below Upriver Dam. The water department has created an access lane and installed a gate that will enable day time access. The River Forum provided volunteers to vegetate the area beside the access lane with native vegetation. The volunteer crew included students from Lewis and Clark high school completing their senior culmination project. These students have been working on various projects under the guidance of the Lands Council.
As part of completing the new Barker Road Bridge, the City of Spokane Valley is restoring the previous access point this summer. The width of the bridge allows for parking and a pedestrian walkway.
The Forum will send out a notice when each access point becomes officially available.
At both sites, the Forum is hoping to raise funds to provide interpretive signage. Further, the Forum will be working with both cities to provide volunteers to assist with maintaining these sites. This includes cleaning up litter, restoring native vegetation, etc.
Over 30 individuals, non-profit groups, businesses and agencies are working with the Forum on this effort. To become involved, please contact the Forum at firstname.lastname@example.org