Trail Projects

Your Spokane River Centennial Trail turned 30 in 2019!  It is a Recreational Asset of Statewide Significance in Washington State  and backbone arterial of eastern Washington's recreational trail system.

While the Centennial Trail was originally conceived as consisting entirely of Class 1 Trail (12-foot trail discrete and separate from any adjacent roadways), private property issues, lack of available right-of-way, steep embankments and other limitations made this dream impossible.  As a result, Centennial Trail users were forced to share rights-of-way with motorized traffic on several sections of the trail.  In 2007, thanks to a generous bequest gift from retired Spokane educator and community philanthropist Mr. Louis Livingston, and the Avista Foundation, Friends of the Centennial Trail commissioned the Centennial Trail Gap Study.  It identified and motivated the process of eliminating trail gaps and provides a framework for our advocacy-centered mission.

Friends of the Centennial Trail encourage managing jurisdictions to prioritize gap completion, asphalt upgrades and better directional wayfinding signs — and lobby to get these projects into City, County and State budgets.

Listed from east to west, here is a snapshot of projects identified/underway/completed by the Centennial Trail Coordinating Council:

  • Miles 1-39 Centennial Trail Surface Repairs (project completed!)
    In 2016 & 2017, over $350,000 was invested to seal cracks, repair root damage and surface gaps. This project was funded by the Centennial Trail Coordinating Council and Washington Parks & Recreation Commission.  These repaired surfaces are now ready for an asphalt overlay.
  • Mile 1 Stateline Gateway Park (project completed!)
    At the Washington/Idaho border, Spokane County realigned the Centennial Trail, moving it under a new bridge on East Appleway Lane and closer to the Spokane River. Friends of the Centennial Trail donated $17,950 to Spokane County for the project.
  • Mile 6.5-7.5 Barker Road area flood repair (project completed!)
    FEMA funding was obtained by Washington Park and Recreation Commission to repair flood damage from 2017 high water. Repair work went to bid in October, 2018 and was completed two months later.
  • Mile 9 Sullivan Bridge Replacement (project completed!)
    Our thanks to the City of Spokane Valley for realigning the Centennial Trail under the new bridge.
  • Mile 13.5-15 Argonne Gap
    Moving east from Boulder Beach, the Centennial Trail shares the shoulder of Upriver Drive for five blocks. Here, the Trail would re-route to Maringo Drive for approximately 3/4 mile. The Trail would go underneath the north side of Argonne bridge; space was provided during bridge rebuild. It would move back up to the community garden, turn right onto Maringo Drive and continue east to the Donkey Islands Trailhead. This reroute would move approximately two miles away from the busy Upriver Drive arterial.  This project is under the jurisdiction of Spokane County.
  • Mile 19 Greene Street Trailhead (project design underway!)
    US395 North Spokane Corridor has received $879M to complete the connection of the North Spokane Corridor from Francis Avenue, south to I-90. Funding is spread out over 14 years with completion in 2029. The Children of the Sun Trail, which parallels the North Spokane Corridor, will also extend to I-90. It will connect with the Centennial Trail at Greene Street on the north side of the Spokane River, with Tuffy’s Trail on the south side of the river at Greene Street, and with the Ben Burr Trail near I-90. WSDOT estimates work on the north side of the Spokane River to be completed by 2023 and work south of the river by 2029.
  • Mile 20.5 to 26.5 Wayfinding (project completed!)
    This six mile span had no directional signs and many users had no idea where to access the Centennial Trail.  Friends of the Centennial Trail provided a solution and donated $9,200 to City of Spokane Parks and Recreation for thermoplastic asphalt decals and signs for the Centennial Trail between Mission Park and TJ Meenach Bridge.
  • Mile 20 Upriver Park 
    Avista is proposing to vacate Upriver Drive for the sole purpose of developing Upriver Park for public use, providing public river access for non-motorized boaters and for realigning the Centennial Trail adjacent to the river. The proposed three (3) acre area will be developed as a Park to encompass and improve this reach of the Centennial Trail and improve existing access to the River. The Centennial Trail will be realigned and expanded to twelve feet (12’) to accommodate the pedestrian and bicycling traffic.  Learn more
  • Mile 20.5 Mission Gap (Phase 1 completed!)
    Crossing Mission Avenue and continuing east on Upriver Drive is a safety challenge. From Mission Park, Centennial Trail users are faced with BNSF railroad track crossing, a challenging pedestrian crossing and a tight right turn next to congested west-bound traffic to reach Upriver Drive. In 2012, the City of Spokane studied the gap and presented conceptual designs. The final plan was divided into three phases and endorsed by the City of Spokane Park Board.
    • Phase 1: The Centennial Trail was separated from the Mission Park parking lot.  A new pedestrian refuge island within the Mission Avenue crossing at Perry Street, new sidewalks and wayfinding signs were added. The Spokane Regional Transportation Council funded $443,250 for the project and we contributed $18,500 in matching funds from our Trail Builder’s Fund. The project began October 1, 2018 and was completed by November 15, 2018.
    • Phase 2: Centennial Trail bridge over Mission Avenue.  City Council has approved an intracity loan of $1 million for the project. Total project cost is estimated at $2.5 million and Friends of the Centennial Trail plans to commit matching funds.
    • Phase 3: Trail tunnel under the BNSF tracks in Mission Park.  Learn more: Getting There: Bridge best choice for Centennial Trail crossing at Mission.
  • Mile 21 Don Kardong Bridge (project design underway!)
    With 10,000 college students between Gonzaga University and Riverpoint campus, the Don Kardong Bridge is a major University District connector. Failing decking and faded paint must be replaced. City of Spokane Parks and Recreation plans to renovate the bridge in 2020 include replacing the deck, painting, securing the railing and adding Miracle Mile Medallion replicas to the railing. Renovation estimate is $1.2M and Friends of the Centennial Trail donated $54,783.15 from our Trail Builder’s Fund for 30% conceptual design to kick-off the project.  Learn more
  • Mile 22
    • Spokane Convention Center Expansion (project completed!)
      From the Division Street Bridge to Washington Street Bridge, the Centennial Trail has been completely rebuilt. Convention Center views showcase Riverfront Park, north bank of the river and Gonzaga University like never before. Extensive work to restore and landscape the Spokane River shoreline is beautiful; the addition of over 75 trees, hundreds of native plants, artwork and signs make this area flourish. Thanks to Land Expressions, Garco Construction and the Spokane Public Facilities District for their work!
    • Riverfront Park Redevelopment (project underway!)
      Park is undergoing a major face lift between now and 2020. Centennial Trail users need to detour around the park; watch for orange markings between the King Cole Bridge at the Spokane Convention Center and The Nest at Kendall Yards!  Learn more here.
    • Post Street Bridge (project design underway!)
      Now 100 years old, this bridge has passed its useful life and needs replacement. Project design includes one lane of northbound traffic in the center of the bridge and Centennial Trail on the east and west sides, providing views of the Spokane Falls. Construction will run from 2020-2021.  Learn more
  • Mile 23
    • Veteran’s Park Gap (project completed!)
      To better connect the Centennial Trail from downtown Spokane through the West Central neighborhood to Riverside State Park, the Trail was re-routed through Riverfront Park and across the Post Street Bridge. The Trail turns left at Bridge Street, continues through Veteran’s Park and extends west under the Monroe Street Bridge to Kendall Yards. The work was done in partnership with the West Quadrant Tax Increment Finance District (WQTIF), Greenstone Corporation in conjunction with Kendall Yards and City of Spokane.
    • Kendall Yards Gap (project completed!)
      Kendall Yards revives the vision of the Olmsted Brothers Great Gorge Park, including the long-awaited extension of the Centennial Trail from Monroe to the Sandifur Bridge and Summit Boulevard to the northwest. The Centennial Trail is a vital “northwest connector” route to downtown Spokane for both recreational and get-to-work commuting. It provides framework for an interconnected network of pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, publicly accessible plazas and open space at Kendall Yards, connecting homes and businesses and providing connections to the adjacent neighborhoods and downtown. This grand addition of our Centennial Trail is simply breathtaking! Thank you Greenstone and the City of Spokane for making this dream a reality!
  • South of Mile 24 Sandifur Memorial Bridge (project completed!)
    In 2004, this 600-foot pedestrian bridge was built over the Spokane River to connect High Bridge City Park to the Spokane Centennial Trail at the western edge of Kendall Yards. The $2.6 million project was funded by $930,000 from Washington Parks and Recreation, $500,000 each from the U.S. Forest Service and the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation, including grant money from the Washington Wildlife Recreation Program; nearly $600,000 in transportation enhancement grant money; and $176,000 from Metropolitan Mortgage Co., Spokane. The Spokane Parks Foundation gave $40,000 for the project, and other donations were from West Central Neighborhood, $20,000; Spokane Community Development Board, $12,000; Friends of the Centennial Trail, $9,400; Bloomsday Association, $1,644; Latah Neighborhood, $1,000; and Round and Round Production (Blazing Bike Club), $500.  The bridge makes the future cross-state recreational trail connection a possibility between the Spokane River Centennial Trail, 130 mile Columbia Plateau Trail State Park at Cheney and 113 mile Palouse to Cascades Trail from Vantage to North Bend.
  • Mile 25
    • Bridge Avenue to Boone (project completed!)
      From the west side of Kendall Yards at Bridge Avenue, the Centennial Trail descends to an abandoned Great Northern Railroad bed paralleling N. Summit Boulevard. From the end of the rail line at milepost 25, the Trail turns due north, traversing gently up the hillside to the intersection of Summit Boulevard and Boone Avenue. The view is fantastic! Thanks to the City of Spokane for this beautiful new section of Centennial Trail!
    • Bridge Avenue to Pettet Drive (project design underway!)
      The City of Spokane will upgrade this .8 mile span of Centennial Trail in 2020 with a separated asphalt trail following the north side of the road.  Learn more
  • Mile 26 Pettet Drive Renovation (project completed!)
    Centennial Trail users on Pettet Drive (famous "Doomsday Hill" on the Bloomsday Course) enjoy a new and improved separated trail with improved signage, striping, traffic-calming and safer access to TJ Meenach Bridge.  Trail users crossing TJ Meenach Bridge are separated by a jersey barrier on the east side, so they can cross safely.  On the south end of TJ Meenach Bridge, users turn left and loop under the bridge to head northwest into Riverside State Park.  Be ready for a hill climb here!
  • Mile 37 Carlson Road Gap (project design underway!)
    Safety calls for moving pedestrians and bicycles away from a sloping, narrow roadway from the Carlson Trailhead moving north to Charles Road and Nine Mile Bridge. Approximately 0.5 miles of Centennial Trail will be realigned away from the main roadway, providing safe separation from motorized traffic on a new 10’ wide section of Trail. Spokane Regional Transportation Council has approved TAP Funding in its 2018-2020 budget for $442,116. Spokane County will fund $58,845 and Friends of the Centennial Trail has pledged $10,000 in matching funds from our Trail Builder's Fund.
  • Miles 37.5-39 Northwest Extension (project completed!)
    This 2.2 mile addition from Sontag Park, running through a beautiful wooded area and ending at the Nine Mile Recreation Area, enhances Centennial Trail access and beautifies the experience. WWRP funding included donations of $100,000 from Avista and $20,000 from our Trail Builder’s Fund.

      Centennial Trail gaps will be completed when funding is secured project-by-project. Help close Trail gaps with your gift today!