The three best parks to visit in Spokane, WA.
If you live in Spokane, or are perhaphs visiting and looking for a good place to go for a run, take your kids, or even just eat lunch, I will tell you about the top 3 parks that deserve your visit. I will rate each park by there cleanliness, whether children or adults will enjoy the park more, and there adjacency to violent neibourhoods. I will try and be brief but informative, im sure you would rather be out enjoying a park if you are reading this article!
Manito Park definetly deserves to be at the top of this list. It is located on Spokanes South Hill, at 1702 South Grand Blvd. This park is one of the oldest in the city and has something for everyone. One of the highlights in my opinion is the Japanese Garden, it features exotic plants and several very large and beautiful Coy fish all set in a fenced area that is constantly maintained and quite possibly the cleanest place of the park. Another section of the park features a huge artificial pond that is the home to losts of wildlife, including geese and frogs, so watch out for droppings! On the edge is a high quality jungle gym for children with benches for the adults. Manito Park even features its own strip of tourist attractions and shops where you can get a suvenior and a bite to eat. However this park does come with a warning to lock your car and leave valubles out of sight or take them with you because it has been known for car burlaries from time to time. This park is so big part of the fun is getting lost and exploring, children and adults will enjoy this one equally, dont miss out!
John A. Finch Arboretum
Next on the list is the John A. Finch arboretum and in the fall you will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful place. The John A. Finch Arboretum is located in southwest Spokane on 65 acres of wooded hills at 3404 West Woodland Blvd. The Arboretum is a botanical collection of trees and woody plants that have been labled for feild study. This park is far from the violence of city streets, but just to be safe I would secure your belongings and vehicle since it will most likley be out of sight. I will warn you also there are no play gyms for kids, this is more ideal for photography and long walks or runs.
Lincoln Park is smaller than the last two, but is just as popular, especially among joggers. It is located at 2300 E. 17th Ave. This park is best visited during the summer as it features some exquiset flower gardens. It also features a popular trail that features a unique staircase with more steps than any other trail in the city. Needless to say it becomes a great work out just going up and down. Probably not as interesting for children but it does have some places with a great view that would be ideal for picnics. If you do jog this park, I would not recomend to after dark, and I would take a partner. Its proximity to downtown makes it an attractive hangout for vagrants and the kind of people that could lead into a violent encounter. It also well maintained however and gets a high score for cleanliness.
If you only have time to visit one park, I would definetly suggest Manito Park. It is a great way to get the best of everything Spokane Parks and Recreation has to offer. John A. Finch and Lincoln park are both recommended so stop by them all if you can, its been my families Sunday tradition since I can remember. I hope I didnt intimidate you by informing you of the car burglaries, unfortunalty these do occur almost everywhere and I hopefully just provided enough information to protect yourself. Alot of work goes into these parks, and it shows. So come see one of theses parks we here in Spokane take pride in!