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Riverside State Park Glen Tana Expansion Opportunity: Long-Term Boundary and Land Classification Update

Project summary

Washington State Parks is conducting a public planning process to update the long-term boundary for Riverside State Park to include the property known as Glen Tana. This project adds over 1,000 acres just outside Spokane, expanding recreation opportunities and environmental protections in a high-demand, urban setting.  

State Parks balances providing recreational opportunities with environmental protection. We'd like your help finding the right balance for Glen Tana: take the Stage 2 Survey and tell us what you think.

The Glen Tana property, just over 1,000 acres to the northeast of Riverside State Park, includes nearly 2 miles along the Little Spokane River. It provides habitat for many wildlife species and connects existing recreational and conservation areas with Riverside State Park.

Through a unique partnership between Washington State Parks, Inland Northwest Land Conservancy (the Conservancy), and the Spokane Tribe of Indians, Glen Tana presents exciting opportunities for environmental stewardship, expanded recreational access, and supports salmon reintroduction efforts, all within close proximity to the growing metro-Spokane area.  

The long-term boundary adjustment and land classification update are a central part of Parks' park planning process, known as CAMP. Land classifications range from low to high-intensity land uses. By classifying park lands, Parks strikes a balance between protecting park resources and providing an appropriate variety of recreational opportunities for park visitors.

Considering changes to the long-term boundary allows the agency to take a big picture look at what lands might advance the conservation and recreation mission of a park. Incorporating Glen Tana into Riverside’s long-term boundary allows Parks to acquire and plan for the future use and management of the property.

For more information on the historical context of the Glen Tana property's importance to the Spokane Tribe of Indians, visit History – Spokane Tribe of Indians.

A brief video, from Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, on the Glen Tana story and the Conservancy’s commitment to acquiring and preserving this property for future generations can be viewed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/j-8PbDgZk8A.

For more information, visit the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy website: Glen Tana: Future for Salmon and Trails in Spokane.


Map of the Glen Tana Property

The following image is an aerial view of Riverside State Park's boundary, which is highlighted in yellow over a satellite image of the park and surrounding region. The Glen Tana Property,1,060 additional acres located at the northeast edge of the park, is highlighted in orange.  

Location map showing Glen Tana Property with Riverside State Park

Community participation

Provide written comments, questions, and suggestions by completing this comment form.  

Upcoming Events

The Stage Two Public Workshop to explore alternatives based on input from Stage One Public Workshops will take place in March 2024. Specific dates and times will be posted in the coming weeks.

State Parks, the Conservancy, and the Spokane Tribe of Indians are jointly presenting at the Commission Work Session: April 10, 2024, Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902.

The public is welcome to attend in person or watch online. Although Commission Work Sessions do not allow public comment, the public can comment during the April 11, 2024, Commission Meeting. Please visit Commission Meetings & Agendas | Washington State Parks to learn how to register for virtual public comments or instructions to provide in-person public comments at a Commission Meeting.

Project history

CAMP is a multi-staged, public participation-based planning process for individual parks that culminates with adoption of park land classifications, a long-term park boundary, and a park management plan. 

Stage One: Identify Issues and Opportunities 

Stage One occurred in the fall of 2023. During this stage of the CAMP planning process, we seek to learn what is important to the park community. Stage One is an opportunity to hear hopes and concerns as a big-picture exercise to set the course for the next stages of the planning process. 

The Stage One Public Workshop can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXeLxYXcUx0&feature=youtu.be

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Public Comment

Stage Two: Explore Alternative Approaches

Using input gathered in Stage One, alternatives are presented in a second public workshop. The alternatives offer solutions and strategies to address the hopes and concerns raised during the initial planning stage. 

Stage Three: Preliminary Recommendations

In this stage, the most suitable ideas from Stage Two are combined into a preliminary plan. The plan may include recommendations for land classifications (uses), changes to the park’s long-term boundary, and solutions for concerns raised during the planning process.  

During this stage, the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist that describes environmental impacts associated with the recommendations is completed. 

The Stage Three Public Workshop is scheduled for late spring 2024.

Stage Four: Final Recommendations

At this point in the planning process, final adjustments to the proposed recommendations are made and submitted to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission for approval. The public is encouraged to attend the Commission Meeting to provide in-person, virtual, or written comment. 

The Stage 4 Public Workshop is scheduled for late summer 2024.

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Contact Us

Name Genevieve Dial
Department Project Lead and Parks Planner
Phone (360) 902-8844
Email planning@parks.wa.gov