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Pool season comes to a close across Spokane

Pool season comes to a close across Spokane

It's been a hot summer and while there are still some warm days ahead the swim season is starting to wind down across the city. There's only two days to enjoy the water before the majority of the area's pools settle down into winter hibernation. 

 

Spokane Valley Pools

  • Park Road Pool open through August 24th
  • Valley Mission Pool open through August 24th with the Paws in the Pool event on the 25th and 26th
  • Terrace View Pool will be open through September 2nd

 

Spokane City Pools

TripAdvisor Names Manito Top U.S. Park

TripAdvisor Names Manito Top U.S. Park

Manito Park has been named one of the top parks to visit in the U.S. by the world's largest travel website, TripAdvisor.

Spokane's haven of roses and lilacs was number 15 on the list of 25, beating out parks in much larger cities such as Griffith Park in Los Angeles and even the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Manito, meaning “spirit of nature”, covers 90 acres of the South Hill and features large lawns and play grounds adjacent to manicured gardens with fragrant blooms.

TripAdvisor is honoring 1,263 of the world's top landmarks and attractions in the first year of the Traveler's Choice Attractions. The awards were determined by the quality and quantity of traveler reviews in each category. Categories include landmarks, museums, amusement parks, best beaches and favorite restaurants.

Manito's reviews on TripAdvisor are glowing, reviewers are surprised by the size of the park and appreciate the variety between gardens and traditional park space. Here's some of what people are sharing about Manito on TripAdvisor:

Click it or Ticket Presents Positive Results

Click it or Ticket Presents Positive Results

As part of Target Zero Task Force, a traffic safety program that strives to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030, Click it or Ticket recently showed successful results. The goal was to pursue unbuckled and distracted drivers.

More than 130 police and sheriff agencies statewide worked the extra patrols, funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Between May 20th and June 2nd, extra law enforcement patrolled Spokane, Whitman, Pend Oreille and Ferry County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and motorists using their cell phones or other electronic devices.

During these patrols, 297 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 101 cell phone/texting or usage of other electronic device tickets.

Other tickets issued during extra patrols included

Police to hold training exercise at Spokane Valley Mall

Police to hold training exercise at Spokane Valley Mall

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office and the Spokane Valley Police Department want to advise the public of a full scale training exercise that will be on Sunday morning at the Spokane Valley Mall.

 

The training will simulate an active shooter situation and give local police and medical agencies the chance to practice procedure if such an incident were to occur. Staging will begin at 11pm, Saturday, and the exercise will being at 2am, Sunday morning.

 

The full scale exercise is part of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program's “Building Block” approach. It will give first responders the opportunity to react in real time so they are prepared in the event of an active shooter situation involving mass casualties.

 

The Sheriff's Office ensures that it is a tightly controlled exercise and emphasizes that the it is not open for public viewing. KXLY will be at the exercise and will have a report on our Sunday broadcasts.

Stevens Creek Trailhead celebrates grand opening

Stevens Creek Trailhead celebrates grand opening

The grand opening for the Steven's Creek Trailhead is Saturday, June 1st and will celebrate the completion of the new addition to the Dishman Hills Conservation Area.

 

The trail leads to Big Rock at the Rocks of Sharon. The area features views spanning across the Palouse as well as the challenging rock climbing face of Big Rock. The project has installed a parking lot and picnic area making it easier for the public to utilize and enjoy this gem.

 

A partnership between Spokane County, Conservation Futures, the Dishman Hills Conservancy and local business made the trail head project possible. A grant from the Access Fund allowed the county to survey the area and Avista Utilities donated professional engineering staff time to design the project. Mountain Goat donated the money to build and install the trailhead kiosk.

 

Park Bench Cafe to open Friday

Park Bench Cafe to open Friday

Manito's Park Bench Cafe is getting ready to open for the summer season. The cafe opens Friday, May 24, but will only be open from Friday to Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting June 15th, the cafe will open seven days a week. The weekly Friday night music series will begin on Friday, May 31.

Spokane splash pads open Memorial Day weekend

Spokane splash pads open Memorial Day weekend

Parents and kids rejoice! Spokane Parks splash pads are set to open this Friday, May 24th.

Even though the forecast for Memorial Day weekend isn't a sunny one, the long range forecast says we'll have a hot and dry summer to enjoy. Splash pads are free way to keep your kids cool and entertained on those hot days. Many  of the splash pads are adjacent to playgrounds, providing another way for your kiddos to get exercise and burn off some energy. 

Area splash pads will be open until September 14th, for more information visit http://www.spokaneparks.org. Parks with splash pads are listed below: