Riverfront Park North Bank and Ice Age Floods Playground Case Study

The North Bank Regional Playground project is one of five major park elements identified in the Riverfront Park Master Plan that was funded in 2014 with a $64 million bond to redevelop the park. The site includes a themed regional playground, splash pad, open play area, specialty basketball court, wheels park, landscaping, lighting, new maintenance and operations/public restroom facility, and parking with innovative stormwater solutions. The one-acre Ice Age Floods Playground was designed as an outdoor learning and play experience that tells the story of how the Ice Age Floods shaped our region. Because of the dynamic nature of the Ice Age Floods and the rich imagery of its components, the story was transformed into an exciting play environment that also offers, multi-generational learning opportunities. It aims to provide a completely interactive and fun way for children, families, and interested people to learn about our region’s unique geologic history.
The goal of the playground was to create an adaptive, safe, dynamic, high-quality nature-based play/learn environment for children of all abilities and their families. Bernardo Wills Architects led a large consultant group that included our in-house architecture team.


  • Mark Simonds says:

    I would like to know more about the technology used for the splash pad on this project. Specifically, how it may be (or already is) connected to an IoT device to provide information about its status. As a user of the splash pad (specifically my children), I would like to be able to see information published online about its operational status. If it is not working because of maintenance or repair, I don’t want to make a trip there needlessly.

    I am a software engineer, so don’t worry about anything going over my head.


    • Dear Mark –

      Thank you for your comment! We reached out to the City of Spokane, and while the splash pads are not connected to an IoT device for immediate updates, they do have an aquatics hotline that is updated as soon as Parks staff learn of any change in service. The number is 625-6960. The online calendar on the City’s website is updated with any planned closures, seasonal, maintenance, or otherwise, and can be found here: https://my.spokanecity.org/riverfrontspokane/visitor-info/. The City loved your idea of connectivity and real-time updates and are looking into the feasibility for not only aquatic attractions, but also the Skate Ribbon, Sky Ride, etc. We hope this helps!

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