Runners, Cyclists, Strollers Can Take Centennial Trail Through West Central
September 27, 2013, 5:00 pm
By Paige Browning
Photo: Central Foods restaurant is in the hub of Kendall Yards, which overlooks the Spokane River and downtown. Photo by Paige Browning.
Runners, cyclists and strollers can now take the Centennial Trail through Spokane’s West Central neighborhood. A ribbon cutting ceremony and party in the Kendall Yards neighborhood Friday marked the opening of the new stretch.
Outdoor lovers and Spokane citizens have waited decades for the Centennial Trail to be accessible west of downtown. The time finally came when Jim Frank and his company Greenstone created Kendall Yards. Unable to shake his smile, Frank cut the ribbon across the new trail, right in front of Central Foods restaurant.
Frank: “Believe it or not these are the very scissors that were used to open Expo 74.”
During the ceremony Spokane’s past was brought up several times. Nods were given to the Olmsted brothers, who in the early 1900’s presented a parks plan that led to Riverfront Park and others.
Photo: Jim Frank and other key players in the Kendall Yards development open the new stretch of trail. Photo by Paige Browning.
Frank: “What’s happening here today is the result of enormous effort from countless people and countless organizations over 100 years… and it’s an honor to be a part of it.”
One smiling man in the crowd, Clyde Anderson, was formerly Washington state parks commissioner for 12 years. He says until now there was just too much to clean up along the river that prevented a full connection between downtown and seven-mile.
Anderson: “But now having the trail going under Monroe Street Bridge, it eliminates the dangers there, and then a continuation to go under Sandifur Bridge. So it’s just a real gap that’s been fulfilled. It’s a very important, important link to the whole trail.”
Later this fall construction crews will complete the link to downtown by stretching the Centennial Trail under Monroe street and into Riverfront Park. The Kendall Yards Gap of the Centennial Trail was made possible by a team of planners. Greenstone developed Kendall Yards, the city of Spokane project management team pushed the idea of paving more trail, the state and parks department and Avista utilities gave approvals on their ends.
Find more information at http://spokanecentennialtrail.org/.
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Photo: Kate Burke and Paul Dillon of Spokane ride along the Centennial Trail just after it's opening. Photo by Paige Browning.