In 1986, an inspired group of local citizens unveiled a plan for the Spokane River Centennial Trail: Don Kardong, Denny Ashlock, Sam Angove, Dean Moorehouse, Norma Ventris, Phyllis Campbell and Joe Custer. This group was joined by Tom Garrett, Tom Harman and Bob Dellwo in 1987 and formed the Centennial Trail Steering Committee. They worked directly with Congressman Tom Foley and other financial supporters to raise funds for Spokane River Centennial Trail construction. The steering committee incorporated and received its 501 (c)(3) status in 1991, officially becoming Friends of the Centennial Trail.
The Centennial Trail is administered by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. It is maintained and completed through the provisions of a Coordinating Council Cooperative Agreement among the commission represented by Riverside State Park management, the City of Spokane Park and Recreation Department, City of Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation, Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf, and the Friends of the Centennial Trail.
The Friends of the Centennial Trail assists and encourages the development and maintenance of the Spokane River Centennial Trail, adjacent parklands and connecting trails.
Why We Matter
1. 2.5 million users enjoy the Centennial Trail each year and bring a huge economic impact to the regional economy – over $35 million each year.
2. The Centennial Trail is one of the top 3 attractions enjoyed by Spokane visitors and is regularly awarded a Trip Adviser Certificate of Excellence.
3. 5-8% of all Trail users commute to work by bicycle or foot.
4. Nearly $200,000 in Trail Builders Fund donations for gap completion and maintenance projects have been made by our organization to date.
5. 800 visitors to the FCT website each week look for Centennial Trail access, maps, project updates and trip-planning assistance.
6. 500 Centennial Trail maps are sold each year; many mailed all over the U.S. and Canada.
7. 21 way-finding posters are displayed on bulletin boards along the Trail.
8. Digital way-finding from the Regional Bike Map assists users who are “going green” on the Trail.
9. 350 volunteers per year clean up and maintain the Centennial Trail and its trail heads.
10. 1,400 email and 1,200 Facebook friends engage in FCT communication efforts.