West Lawn Plaza Opens for Business

The City of Spokane Valley opened the new West Lawn Plaza, a 10,540-square-foot hardscape plaza adjacent to CenterPlace, in Spring 2021. The city constructed the plaza to provide expanded outdoor event space in the park. The plaza is available for private and public use.

Some characteristics of the plaza:

  • Accommodates up to 1,000 attendees
  • The site includes restrooms and a food-service area
  • A covered stage and pergola are located at the north end of the plaza
  • Eight stylish, decorative fluted poles with LED lighting provide light after dark
  • Electricity and wifi are accessible
  • Tent pegs support vendor or event tents
  • Food trucks are allowed to park on the plaza
  • The surrounding lawn can be incorporated into any event
  • Free parking

Project history

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan included the development and expansion of the West Lawn area as a plaza site for new and existing community events that would attract area residents and visitors. The city completed these improvements in late fall 2020. Landscape Architect Michael Terrell created more flexible and accessible outdoor spaces to better support a larger array of events; to improve access for attendees of all abilities; to increase aesthetic appeal; and to add to the facility’s marketability.

Phase I Construction

The initial phase of construction on the West Lawn at CenterPlace was completed in 2018 at a cost of $205,000. The project consisted of modifying berms, swales, and dry wells to create a flat West Lawn north and west of CenterPlace. A meadow north of the building was graded and leveled and electricity, irrigation, and sod were installed with trees and fencing.

 Phase II Construction

The master plan was completed in the fall of 2020.  Enhancements create the ability to handle larger events and allow for expanded options for those holding events at the facility, including more space for vendors, a concert stage, dance area, and even a place for food trucks if desired. The plan includes a centrally located hardscaped plaza, lined with trees, leading to an event/wedding venue.  Additional electrical service and lighting, restrooms, a storage building, and upgraded circulation for users are all included in this phase of the project. This phase cost about $2 million.