Another highlight of 2020 was the completion of CSO tank 26 and “A Place of Truths Plaza” in downtown Spokane. This was well-utilized by Spokanites this summer, as a place to reflect, gather safely outdoors, and view the Spokane River below. Bernardo Wills Architects landscape architects had been working on this project since 2015, and the complex construction process came to a successful conclusion in late 2019. The City of Spokane opened the plaza this spring for Spokanites’ enjoyment. We look forward to future gatherings there and hope to see food trucks, live music, and community groups gather when it is safe to do so.
At the edge of the Spokane River bank, Garco Construction is putting the finishing touches on the urban plaza atop the 2 million gallon Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) tank. Most Spokanites are familiar with this project because of the traffic revisions by the Downtown Spokane Library. Upon completion in October 2019, the new plaza will feature local art, space for food trucks, and beautiful views of the Monroe Street Bridge, Spokane Falls, and the Spokane River below. Bernardo Wills Architects provided landscape architecture services for the urban plaza design, including planting and irrigation plans, water feature, site furnishings, and assisting with a large art installation. Fun fact: concrete artists carved faux basalt on the side of the tank, offering continuity with the native rock in the river gorge.