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  • To preserve and sustain the unique character of the Little Spokane River Valley, including it's open space and natural setting.
  • To maintain lower density zoning.
  • To protect the area's ecosystem including water quality, wetlands, priority habitat and wildlife, and dwindling native vegetation.
  • To encourage the development of area parks and natural areas.
  • To educate public officials of the concerns of the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley, and be pro-active when major issues are at the forefront.

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    Welcome to the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley

    Pine River County Park
    by Doug Chase
    Pine River County Park was one of the first parks established by Spokane County. The Metropolitan Mortgage Company and the Midwest Investment Company deeded the original eight acres to Spokane County in 1960. Consisting primarily of river frontage, the land remained undeveloped due to insufficient access. In 1966, two parcels were added that provided convenient public access.

    Over the next three years, a restroom, shelter, and footbridge were constructed and landscaping put in place. The North Spokane Kiwanis Club and the Shadle Park High School Key Club donated time and funds toward development.

    From 1984 through 1986, the park was closed due to budget cuts. The community and the North Suburban Lions Club maintained the park in 1987 to allow it to reopen. In 1988, the Parks Department once again assumed responsibility for maintenance and operations of the park. Permanent picnic tables were added with money from the Park Bond. The North Suburban Lions Club and the local community installed a shelter in the swimming area. Irrigation was added in 1989. A new shelter, play equipment and roof to the restroom were completed in 2002.

    Community involvement in the Park’s well-being is a long standing tradition in this area of Spokane County and this year has been no different.

    Recognizing the value of Pine River County Park, the local community is again coming forward in these tough economic times to provide services and keep the park open and usable to the public throughout the 2010 Park Season. While Spokane County Parks has implemented service reductions for 2010 (see below) an anonymous donor has pledged to fund porta-potties for this park while other community members are working hard to provide additional services such as litter pick-up and disposal.

    When times are tough, parks are often the first to suffer in economic downturns. While many view this as a negative, there is an upside to this trend – time after time, communities have come together to demonstrate the importance of parks through the generosity of individuals, the advocacy of some, and the volunteer work of many. At Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf, we’re pleased to know that the community has again embraced Pine River Park, upholding a long-standing tradition of community stewardship.

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