Liberty Park Collaboration will renovate playground, basketball court

Liberty Park Collaboration will renovate playground, basketball court

Opportunities for input from the community on design coming this summer and the project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023

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Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 12.12

SPOKANE – Seven partners are working together to fully revitalize the playground and basketball court in Liberty Park on the lower south hill.

Spokane Parks & Recreation is pleased to partner with Hooptown USA, No-Li Brewhouse, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Spokane Arts, Spokane Public Library and City Council to bring a significant portion of the Liberty Park Master Plan to life.

The collaboration will enable a new playground for ages 2-12, updated Hooptown USA basketball court with a mural, lighting improvements, added landscaping and irrigation upgrades. Depending on the project cost, the work may also include renovation of toilets and updates to the pavilion structure.

“This is an incredible example of a community coming together to make more possible than we could do individually,” said Garrett Jones, director of City of Spokane Parks & Recreation. “Liberty Park builds on the momentum of the new library, a popular water center and connection to the Ben Burr Trail, and is ready for revitalization, and it has been made possible through this amazing partnership.”

“No-Li is energetic in uniting our community through the transformation of Spokane’s Liberty Park with our friends in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Hooptown, Spokane Arts and Spokane Parks,” said John Bryant, owner of No- Li Bryghus. “The renovation of Liberty Park is a statement project that will create a gem for our entire community to enjoy.”

“We’re so excited to partner with some amazing community leaders to help bring this new court to Liberty Park,” said Riley Stockton, executive director of the Spokane Hoopfest Association. “All the organizations involved in this renovation are such great community leaders, and Spokane Hoopfest is proud to be associated with these organizations.”

“Spokane Arts is excited to collaborate on yet another colorful basketball court mural that the community can enjoy,” said Spokane Arts presenter Shantell Jackson. “We can’t wait to hear the neighborhood residents’ ideas on potential themes or topics for the art, and we look forward to working closely with the community to develop a mural that East Central residents will be proud of.”

“By building a 21st Century Library in Liberty Park, we created a cornerstone for the revitalization of this historic neighborhood that will work with other park facilities, ”said Andrew Chanse, CEO of Spokane Public Library. “The new Liberty Park Library offers continued improvements to the community, such as free meeting space, computer and Internet access, and an indoor play area for children called Sasquatch Shack. Since opening in November 2021, the Liberty Park Library has proven to be one of our most popular library destinations. . “

Project cost is estimated at $ 500,000. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including a generous $ 20,000 donation from No-Li Brewhouse for the renovation of Hooptown USA Community Court, Spokane Public Library co-location funding for their new Liberty Park Library, American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds designated by the City Council and the Spokane Parks & Recreation budget.

Community input will be an important aspect of project design. This summer, partners will engage the East Central neighborhood, area students and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center for their design input. The 2019 Liberty Park Master Plan will serve as a guide along with the updated Spokane Parks Master Plan, which is expected to be completed in early summer.

The design will be completed in the autumn of 2022, and construction is planned to be completed in the late summer / autumn of 2023.

About City of Spokane Parks & Recreation

City of Spokane Parks and Recreation manages nearly 120 properties spread over 4,000 acres of parkland, including manicured parks, nature areas, water centers, golf courses, sports complexes and an arboretum. We also offer hundreds of recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities to improve the health and quality of life of our community. Enjoy all that your city has to offer by visiting spokaneparks.org. Follow us @SpokaneParks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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