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Posted on: January 25, 2018

18-005 Public invited to help plan for the future of recreation at Riverside State Park



Media contacts:
Michael Hankinson, (360) 902-8671
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604

Three public meetings will take place Jan. 31, Feb. 1, Feb. 15

OLYMPIA – Jan. 25, 2018 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting a public meeting to discuss long-term boundary, land classifications and management plan alternatives for the Lake Spokane area of Riverside State Park.

State Parks is hosting three public meetings, each of which will cover the same material:

  • 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Lakeside Middle School, 6169 Highway 291, Nine Mile Falls (driving directions).
  • 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Farwell Elementary School* Library, 13005 N Crestline St, Spokane (driving directions).
  • 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Mead High School*, 302 W. Hastings Road, Spokane (driving directions).

The three meetings mark the continuation of a public process to update the Riverside State Park comprehensive plan.

The Riverside State Park—Lake Spokane area comprises a patchwork of public and private lands located adjacent to Lake Spokane, a reservoir created by Long Lake Dam. State Parks manages some of these properties in partnership with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Spokane County, Avista Corporation and other entities. Updating the park’s plan will help determine future use and development of these properties.  

For more information about the Riverside State Park planning process, visit:

State Parks has completed more than 100 land-use plans for parks around the state, through its Classification and Management Plan (CAMP) public process. CAMP processes address parking issues, day-use and camping opportunities, overall visitor experiences, natural resources, recreation areas and trails and other topics of interest to communities.  

Opportunities for public comment will be available at the meeting, and public comment also may be provided by contacting Michael Hankinson, Parks Planner and Project Lead, 360-902-8671 or 

About Riverside State Park

Riverside State Park occupies 12,000 acres along the Spokane and Little Spokane rivers just north of Spokane. With nearly 200,000 feet of shoreline, Riverside is the home to Ponderosa pines, lakes, marshes and a wide variety of wildlife. Riverside provides recreational opportunities for almost every type of visitor, including hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and rock climbers. For more information about the park, visit:    

* This event is not sponsored or endorsed by Mead School District.


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

1111 Israel Road S.W.
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650

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