Nestled along the serene Spokane River and in all directions from its urban skyline lie more than 4,100 acres of protected green space. This is the City of Spokane's park system.
The initial parks plan was drawn up by the legendary Olmsted Brothers, Landscape Architects of New York's Central Park fame, under the direction of the Spokane Park Board, whose members determined that Spokane be a model of modern park planning.
The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the professional management and prudent caretaking of all park land and park facilities including Riverfront Park, Manito Park, Gaiser Conservatory and the many city-wide gardens, Finch Arboretum and the Urban Forestry Program, and 87 neighborhood parks.
Urban Forestry staff supervise and manage 50,000 street trees and another 28,000 trees on developed park land within the City of Spokane. Improving the City's urban forest is an ongoing project that will take decades of work and careful planning. In 2010 Spokane received its seventh year in a row designation as a Tree City USA.
We invite you to visit any of our 87 city parks.