Frequently Asked Questions

An image of a mother and child looking at the Gazebo around the turn of the century.

The Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park began with the renovation of the gazebo in 2013.  The original gazebo was built in 1891 as a bandstand.  It was rebuilt in 1990 but the wood columns were rotted through and the structure was leaning to the west and near collapse.  Concerned citizens formed the Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park and began working with the City of Spokane Parks & Recreation to find funding for the renovation.  A ribbon cutting ceremony took place in August of 2013.

The Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park are residents of Browne’s Addition and Spokane, Washington  who are interested in the restoration and maintenance of the parks and green spaces in Browne’s Addition.

The parks system depends on tax dollars and grants for major park improvements.  As these funding sources have decreased, the amount of money for upkeep and improvements has declined. Neighborhood groups like the Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park must help find the money to take care of the park and public green spaces. Having a master plan aides this process, as specific needs are identified and prioritized.  It is the aim of Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park to help by raising money for capital projects through fund-raising efforts and working with the Parks Board and the Parks Operations Department.

Included in the master plan is a prioritized list of the park’s upgrade projects.  One of the first projects that will be planned and implemented, starting in 2015, will be the corner entrances to the park, along with pathways and lighting improvement.  Another priority is to replace the old playground equipment with modern, accessible play structures.

Visit our fiscal sponsor, the Parks Foundation.

On the Donate page, use the drop down menu to choose “2017 Fiscal Sponsor” and note “Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park” in the Comments section. Your donation is tax deductible.