Park/Library Conceptual Site Plan

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Model

Current status

The project architects have taken public comment into account and have presented a preferred plan (see below). This preferred plan, along with renderings of the overall site, shelter, and plaza were on display at a public meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the site location on Sprague Avenue between Herald and Balfour.

The next steps are to gain approval from City of Spokane Valley, the city of Millwood, and the Spokane County Commissioners to place the project on a ballot for approval by area voters with an anticipated election in spring 2014.

Preferred plan

Overall perspective

Shelter

Plaza

Project Description

In September of 2012, the Spokane County Library District and the City of Spokane Valley entered into an interlocal agreement for acquisition of an 8.4 acre parcel of land located at the northeast corner of Sprague Avenue and Herald Road. Under the agreement, the Library and the City are working cooperatively to draft a conceptual site plan to allow for a mutually satisfactory arrangement for dividing the property.

A public meeting requesting public input for a park/library concept was held on April 20, 2013. From the information gathered at this meeting, project architects created three concept plans and presented them at a public meeting on May 20, 2013.

The project architects have taken public comment into account from the May meeting and presented a preferred plan (see above). This preferred plan was on display at a public meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the site location on Sprague Avenue between Herald and Balfour.

Recent Press Coverage

Press Release: Balfour Park-Library Plan Approved

Spokesman-Review: City unveils Balfour design

KXLY: Little Library represents plans for Spokane Valley development

Mission

Develop a community gathering space that provides for flexible public spaces and dynamic interactive experiences that maximize the indoor/outdoor relationships between the park and library.

Project FAQs

Process Timeline

May 2012
Traffic study conducted

September 2012
City of Spokane Valley and Spokane County Library District enter into Interlocal Agreement

April 22, 2013
Community planning meeting to introduce the site plan project and gather input

May 20, 2013
Open House to review results of the April 20 community meeting

September 12, 2013
Open House on-site to present preferred plan

October 31, 2013
Required completion of the Conceptual Site Plan

Documents

Interlocal Agreement between the City of Spokane Valley and Spokane County Library District

Spokane County Library District Community Impact Plan

Steering Committee Members

Mindy Rowe
Balfour Park area resident

Linda Thompson, Executive Director
Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council

Mike Stone, Director
Spokane Valley Parks & Recreation Department

Steve Worley, Capital Projects Engineer
City of Spokane Valley Public Works Department

Denise Sutton, General Merchandise Manager
Rosauer’s at U-City

Nancy Ledeboer, Executive Director
Spokane County Library District

Doug Stumbough, Deputy Director
Spokane County Library District

Contacts

Mike Stone, Director – Spokane Valley Parks & Recreation. Email mstone@spokanevalley.org or call 509-720-5411.

Jane Baker, Communication Officer – Spokane County Library District. Email jbaker@scld.org or call 893-8205.

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  • Jonathan Bromley

    I do hope that you would be willing to include a small area for skateboarding as well. I know many people would be turned off to the idea because of the example that the downtown skatepark has emitted into the minds of the public. But even Hillyard and Albi skateparks are clean, well perceived and graffiti free. Its very hard to live in the spokane valley and have a safe place to skateboard without effecting any business owners. The sport really is for everyone, it is the sport that children flock to when feeling unfit for team sports. You will always see basketball courts empty, while skateparks are rarely empty. People dont want another basketball court, they want a safe place to skate.

    • http://www.scld.org Spokane County Library District

      Hi Jonathan. Thanks for your suggestion regarding a skate area. Three public meetings were held last year regarding the Library/Park concept. These meetings were to help identify where on the property would be the best place for a library to be located, and what amenities would provide a dual use and interaction with the library while also providing public use space.

      A skate park was identified as a desirable element, however, the City of Spokane Valley Parks & Recreation Department has identified another location in the Valley that is a better fit for a skate park.