Bidwell Park Development

(Updated 07.09.19) - On June 18th, 2019, Spokane County finalized a construction contract with LaRiviere, Inc. (who submitted the lowest responsive bid for the project) to complete construction of Bidwell Park.  A pre-construction meeting is scheduled for July 15th, and construction on Phase 2 is expected to begin shortly after.

(Updated 06.07.19) - Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf is in the process of completing the development of Bidwell Park, a 19-acre community park in the Mead / Colbert area of North Spokane.  Phase 1, which included the development of 4.5 acres and the Northside Family Aquatic Facility was completed in 2006.  Phase 2, which includes completion of approximately 10 acres of the park with many long-awaited amenities, was recently awarded grant funding from the Washington State Recreation & Conservation Office.  Construction on phase 2 is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2019 (Final schedule TBD).  

Phase 3 of park development (which will complete the park) is scheduled to wrap-up by the end of 2021 at the latest.  County Parks Staff are currently seeking additional grant funding for Phase 3 "enhanced", which would add amenities to the 3rd stage of park development that could include a 2nd ball-field, sand volleyball courts, and pickle ball courts.  The final design / amenities included in Phase 3 of park development will depend on the success of current grant applications.  To view additional details and conceptual site plans, please see project documents below.

In addition to completing the park, the existing North Side Family Aquatics Facility (initially constructed as Phase 1 of Bidwell Park in 2006) will be enhanced in time for the 2020 aquatics season.  Planned enhancements include the addition of two large water slides, a splash pad with heated water, and additional deck space to accommodate more visitors. Construction for aquatic facility enhancements is scheduled to begin, following the 2019 aquatics season.


Project Documents (Updated 06.07.19):


Project Timeline Goals (Updated 06.07.19):

  • A&E Drawing & Specification Package Completion (Phases 2 and 3 combined)
    • March 2018
  • Release Drawing & Specification Package for Bids
    • March 2019
  • Award Contract, Issue Notice to Proceed
    • June 2019
  • Break Ground on Phase 2 (Excluding Aquatic Facility Enhancements)
    • July 2019
  • Break Ground on Phase 3 and Aquatic Facility Enhancements
    • September 2019
  • Substantial Completion of Phase 2 / Completion of Aquatic Facility Enhancements
    • May / June 2020
  • Completion of Aquatic Facility Enhancements + Substantial Completion of Phase 3
    • September 2020
  • Full completion of park development
    • November 2020

Please Note:  The timelines herein are subject to change in the future, and should be considered as an approximate framework / goal for progression of development within the park.


Secured Funding (Updated 06.07.19):

  • Phase 2
    • $500,000 - WA RCO Grant (WWRP - Local Parks Category)
    • $500,000 - WA RCO Grant (LWCF)
    • $4,676,000 - Total Spokane County Appropriation (Source:  REET)
  • Phase 3
    • $1,074,000 - Spokane County Appropriation (Source:  REET)


Requested / Possible Funding (Grant Applications Submitted May 1st, 2018):

  • Phase 3
    • $250,000 - WA RCO Grant (YAF Category)
    • $500,000 - WA RCO Grant (WWRP - Local Parks Category)


For more information or project updates, please contact Kris Krohn (Park Planner / Landscape Architect) at (509) 477-6395 or kkrohn@spokanecounty.org.