A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE RECREATION AND CONSERVATION COMMUNITY FOR MAKING OUR MAKE BEACON HILL PUBLIC PROJECT A SUCCESS!
This project was developed in partnership with the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, Evergreen (East) Mountain Bike Alliance, Inland NW Land Conservancy, Avista Utilities and area land owners to permanently protect through acquisition and donated conservation easements approximately 250 acres of privately owned land that contains the core of the Beacon Hill Trail System. If completed, this project will implement the last of four "large park" recommendations identified in the 1909 Olmsted Brothers Park Plan for the City of Spokane by connecting four existing public parks (undeveloped portion of Esmeralda Golf Course, Minnehaha Park, John H. Shields Park and Camp Sekani Park) to create one larger, jointly managed regional park totaling 550 acres. This project also preserves the 46-mile Beacon Hill Trail System, one of the largest in Washington State.
Project Timeline: January 2020 - June 2022.
Project Budget: $3.3 million - Budget includes $1.5 million in RCO grants (currently being applied for), Conservation Futures funding, and various donations of cash, property interest and professional services.
Project Update (9/26/22): COMPLETED. The Make Beacon Hill Public has received $1.5 million in RCO grants to help fund the purchase of identified properties. As of 10/28/21, all proposed fee simple acquisitions have been completed totaling 160 acres. The final phase of this project - partnering with Inland NW Land Conservancy and Avista Corp. to record conservation easements across ~87 acres of Avista-owned property on Beacon Hill - has been completed as well. These easements preserve these parcels as-is and allow public recreation to continue consistent with Conservation Futures in perpetuity.