Comstock irrigation replacements begin next week
Media: Fianna Dickson, 625.6297. Parks and recreation: 311 or 509.755.2489
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 12:48 p.m.
SPOKANE – The January 2021 windstorm caused significant damage to Comstock Park, causing part of the underground irrigation systems to fail. Work to replace this damaged part of the system begins next week and should be completed before winter.
The damage affected the dilapidated irrigation infrastructure from 1937 (the park is partially modernized for irrigation, partially dilapidated). The irrigation work that will take place this fall will bring the obsolete portions of the park’s irrigation back to current standards and create a fully automated sprinkler system. Previously, much of the park required manual watering by installing and removing quick-connect sprinklers connected to underground pipes.
The replacement area is approximately 4 acres, or 15% of Comstock, in the southeastern portion. All areas outside the work area will remain open to the public. The cost of the project is $ 154,000.
Additional damage from windstorms, repairs
The estimated damage to parks caused by the January 2021 storm is $ 700,000. The City has applied for FEMA funding to help cover repair costs.
Several repairs have already been carried out. In Comstock, fences around safety nets, tennis courts and the aquatic center are complete. In Underhill Park, damaged fences were also repaired; the damage caused to the lighting of the Coeur D’Alene park is repaired; and at Downriver Golf Course, the site fence and pavilion roof were repaired.
There is still damage to be repaired, in particular the lawn and the site furniture (benches, bleachers and picnic tables). A restoration plan is also underway for the Lilac Butterfly at Riverfront Park.
Additional work is underway to mitigate the loss of forest cover caused by the city-wide storm. The windstorm restoration plan aligns with a program called SpoCanopy, created by the urban park forestry service in partnership with the Lands Council. SpoCanopy aims to have 40% tree cover in Spokane by 2030. Trees lost in Comstock and other parks in Spokane are being replaced 2 to 1, which equates to approximately 400 trees; they are planted throughout the park system, with preference given to those parks that need it most. A voluntary tree planting will take place this fall, details to follow.
The limited edition Comstock print by local artist Chris Bovey is for sale, with all proceeds going to storm restoration efforts.
About Spokane Town Parks and Recreation
City of Spokane Parks and Recreation manages nearly 120 properties on 4,000 acres of parkland, including well-maintained parks, conservation lands, aquatic centers, golf courses, sports complexes and an arboretum. We also offer hundreds of recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities to improve the health and quality of life in our community. Enjoy all that your city has to offer while visiting spokaneparks.org. Follow us @SpokaneParks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
– ### –