Washington is famous for its gorgeous and abundant waterways, from the Salish Sea to the Nisqually River, but many communities lack open public beaches and waterfronts where everyone can enjoy picnicking, swimming, paddling, boating, and angling. Water Access projects fund public shoreline access, boat launches, and fishing docks to create more opportunities for water recreation.
The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to buy more than 31 acres, including more than three-quarter mile of shoreline along the Spokane River, less than 2 miles from downtown. The purchase will allow the City to develop the only fishing area on a free-flowing reach of the Spokane River accessible to people with disabilities. The uniqueness of the site will allow the public to fish throughout the summer when the river level drops on one of the most scenic and biologically productive portions of the river. Buying the land also will preserve the opportunity to move the Centennial Trail off streets and onto a separated path, will facilitate a trail connection to Spokane Falls Community College, and will preserve a well-used single-track trail. Spokane will contribute more than $1.9 million in Conservation Futures and a grant from the state Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account.