Spokane Parks

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Spokane Parks

Description

In 1907, an Olmsted Brothers plan recommended the construction of four large and five smaller new parks and the extensive renovations of the existing parks in Spokane. This plan had been commissioned by Aubrey L. White, who was both the first president of the newly formed Parks Board and a local champion of the City Beautiful movement.

Inspired by the White City of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the City Beautiful movement believed that harmonious urban planning could eliminate social disorder, crime and poverty. The elements of the plan built by Spokane at the close of the 1900s and beginning of the 1910s did not achieve those grandiose goals but they did leave it with an endowment of public spaces.

This collection features Spokane parks spanning the whole of the 20th century. There are historic views of Manito Park and its gardens at different points during the century. Additionally, there is a selection of images of Natatorium Park and the original Liberty Park, both of which were demolished during the 1960s. Finally, a series of images chronicles Riverfront Park from its origins following Expo '74 to the turn of the 21st century. Photographs typically include both visitors and noteworthy park features.

Items in the Spokane Parks Collection

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Liberty Park (#09)
Remnant of stone arbor/pagoda, Liberty Park.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- (#07)
People walking and on bicycles in Coeur d'Alene Park.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Liberty Park (#26)
Swimming pool and bath house in Liberty Park. Built in 1920.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Liberty Park (#10)
View of the retaining wall built in 1910 running along the drive in Liberty Park. Sperry (Centennial) Flour Mill can be seen in distance. Photo taken from corner of 5th and 3rd Ave.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Liberty Park (#23)
The remains of the southern pagoda in Liberty Park. Taken facing north.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Liberty Park (#35)
The remaining columns of the promenade in Liberty Park as seen looking south across the the I-90 freeway. Sperry/Centennial flour mill visible in distance.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Liberty Park (#02)
Looking west from swamp in Liberty Park.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Liberty Park (#01)
Looking northeast from the corner of 5th and Arthur at the entrance to Liberty Park playground. Land later absorbed by the freeway.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Manito (#01)
Looking northwest across the Rose Garden in Manito Park.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Manito (#05)
Looking south from the greenhouses across Duncan Garden.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Manito (#06)
Manito park. Street on right is Grand Blvd., ca. 1906

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Manito (#07)
Manito park's Sunken Gardens, later called Duncan Gardens.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Manito (#28)
Daughters of the American Revolution Memorial fountain honoring George Washington in Manito Park.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Manito (#34)
Daughters of the American Revolution Memorial fountain honoring George Washington in Manito Park.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Manito (#45)
Wortman Sun Dial in Rose Garden in Manito Park.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Minnehaha (#08)
Stone house (built by Webster) at Minnehaha.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Minnehaha (#09)
Park Maintenance building at Minnehaha Park.

Spokane -- Parks and Playgrounds -- Minnehaha (#27)
Webster house in Minnehaha park. Built in 1890.