Spokane Park Reinvents Operations/Management
Despite losing 40 percent of its full-time staff in the past two years because of state budget cuts, Riverside State Park in Spokane, Wash., has found a way to move forward and even improve facilities this season.
According to The Spokesman-Review, grants, volunteer help and partnerships with other groups and agencies have helped provide:
- New equestrian campground, opening this week.
- Bowl and Pitcher area staircase, replacing the slick slope at the end of the suspension bridge over the Spokane River.
- Recreational rental house at the Bowl and Pitcher site.
- Forest health and fire prevention project under way near Plese Flats.
- Planned takeover of the Long Lake (Lake Spokane) Campground currently managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
“We’ve been dealing with a lot of changes lately, but we also have projects that were under way before we had the staff cuts,” said Chris Guidotti, park manager.
The number of people working at the park this summer is about the same as last year as the agency shifts toward a seasonal staffing model, he said.
The main difference is that the park will have fewer offseason personnel and fewer year-round commissioned law enforcement officers who can write infractions and make arrests. That’s not an insignificant difference for a park that sprawls over 10,000 acres in or bordering the city of Spokane.
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