Spokane residents are invited to an open house Monday, Aug. 19 to learn about changes planned for Post Street near City Hall
and related projects in west downtown
along the Spokane River.

The open house will be held in the Chase Gallery in the
lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. 
The following projects and proposals will be discussed:

Street improvements. 
the coming weeks, Post Street between Spokane Falls Boulevard and the Post
Street Bridge will be converted to a one-way, northbound street. 
Additionally, North Lincoln Street from the Post Street Bridge north to
Broadway Avenue will be converted to a three-lane street with parallel parking
on both sides. The area will be more pedestrian friendly and provide a good
link to a Centennial Trail extension through Veterans Park and Kendall Yards on
the north side of the River.  Parking in the area will increase through
the addition of angled parking on Post and the changes on Lincoln Street. Post
Street will be closed from Sept. 10 to Oct. 15 for work related to the changes.

Park and City Plaza improvements.

 Avista is working to upgrade its 3.8-acre Huntington Park area on the
south side of the Spokane River between Post and Monroe streets and adjacent to
the river’s lower falls.   In addition, Avista is creating a new
public plaza in what has been a small parking lot to the north of City
Hall. The plaza will be gifted to the City of Spokane when complete as
part of Avista’s 125th anniversary celebration in 2014.  These
projects are managed and paid for by Avista. The Post Street enhancement, which
is a City project, will support this work, by increasing pedestrian access and
calming traffic.

Park Master Plan.

 The changes on Post and at Huntington Park will tie into work to create a
new Master Plan for Riverfront Park.  The Master Plan process is designed
to guide plans for a major reinvestment in Riverfront Park as the 40th
anniversary of Expo 74 nears.  More information on the master plan process
can be found here: http://spokaneriverfrontpark.com/index.php/RFP/page/1319 .

Field concept and Integrated Clean Water Plan. 
Meanwhile, additional investment
also is being considered for this area.  The City has developed conceptual
plans for a tank in Glover Field in Peaceful Valley that would prevent flows
from combined sewers from entering the Spokane River.  The project would
be part of a significant effort to improve the health of Spokane River and
reduce stormwater and combined stormwater and wastewater from entering the
River.  The City’s goals for this work include gaining multiple public
benefits when building infrastructure.  For Glover Field, as a result, the
City has developed a concept to improve the park and add a trail that would
connect Huntington Park to Glover Field.  Ultimately, this project could
include a trail loop between Monroe Street and the Sandifur pedestrian
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