The first official day of summer is this Sunday, and that also means the official opening of Spokane pools isn’t far behind — in fact, it’s just a day later. All City of Spokane pools open on Monday, June 22, and it’s about time! Since the weather forecast isn't looking to cool off any time soon, get ready to suit up and pack your floaties. But before heading out to one of the six Spokane city pools, don't overlook safety.
As summer begins the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is launching a Pool Safe campaign, reminding everyone of the risks at pools. Safety both at home and at public pools is critical, even more so with the littlest water splashers. In the United States, drowning is a leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 4. But don’t overlook someone older. For people of all ages, drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death. While these numbers sound scary, drowning is entirely preventable, and awareness is the first step to prevention.
The Pool Safe campaign asks swimmers and parents to realize that lifeguards can’t realistically always watch every child — responsible supervision from an adult or guardian is key. Bring lifejackets for kids who aren’t great swimmers and teach them to stay away from the pool’s suction drain. Campaign material from SRHD illustrates other important tips for swimming at home and at a public pool.
Though Spokane is nowhere near the level of urban gentrification happening at the moment in its larger, Pacific Northwest siblings Portland and Seattle, we've all taken notice of the changes in our downtown core and the surrounding neighborhoods. Besides the obvious impact on the region's economic health, urban development like the projects featured here are making the Lilac City a more desirable place to live, work and visit.
To highlight many of these changes, the Inlander went out to capture the "after" images of several Spokane buildings and sites that have been developed, renovated or restored in the past decade. Using Google Street View's historical image feature, we grabbed the "before" images of these sites to offer a side-by-side comparison. This project isn't comprehensive yet, and unquestionably may become an ongoing, occasional feature on the blog. We're open to suggestions readers have of other recently changed places in their neighborhoods; send them to [email protected]
Remember when the Yards was just an empty stretch of nothing? We sure do, as the Inlander was one of the first to move in to the new downtown neighborhood, back in the summer of 2013, on the north bank of the Spokane River. With a front seat to all the change here since, we've seen tons of housing added, the construction of the new Centennial Trail connection to downtown and around a dozen or so other local businesses and restaurants moved in and joined us.
Just a bit north of the Kendall Yards core, the historically troubled West Central neighborhood is seeing some promising revitalization, too. While not quite the definition of gentrification just yet, the neighborhood has already begun to benefit from the arrival of its southern neighbor, Kendall Yards. Last fall, local baker Mika Maloney debuted her storefront for Batch Bakeshop, which had been a vendor at the South Perry Farmers Market since 2011. The quaint shop now has a home — a formerly vacant, early 1900s building at 2023 W. Dean — that absolutely oozes character, charm and delicious aromas.
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