OLYMPIA — Sept. 13, 2023 — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) invites the public to participate in conversations about a potential expansion of Riverside State Park.
In partnership with Inland Northwest Land Conservancy (The Conservancy) and the Spokane Tribe of Indians, Parks is pursuing an opportunity to acquire part of a 1,000-acre parcel known as “Glen Tana” for the environmental stewardship of riparian and upland habitat, expanded recreational access in a high-demand and near urban location and support of salmon reintroduction efforts.
The Glen Tana property was purchased by the Conservancy in August to protect the land and river from development in perpetuity. The Conservancy will serve as an interim owner while the Spokane Tribe of Indians and Washington State Parks secure the funding to acquire portions of the land that they will own and manage.
To open the opportunity to acquire this parcel in the future, Parks must first complete a Classification and Management Plan (CAMP). CAMP is a multi-staged public planning process that identifies issues and opportunities, explores alternative approaches and makes recommendations for park land classifications. The CAMP process does not include the acquisition of the parcel. Instead, it determines a long-term park boundary and identifies lands that further the recreation and conservation mission of a park.
Parks will make an official designation for the parcel by late fall of 2024.
The public is invited to learn more and share feedback:
In-person public meeting
Sept. 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
North Spokane Library
44 E. Hawthorne Rd.
Spokane, WA 99218
Parks is also offering a virtual meeting option on Sept. 28, 2023 from 6:30-8 p.m. Join the event here.
The public can also participate in the process by providing feedback through this survey and submitting comments. Responses collected will help Parks develop alternatives throughout the planning process.
For more information and for updates about the project, please visit the Riverside State Park Expansion Opportunity webpage.