Olmsted 2.0

A Bold Vision for the Future of the Inland Northwest

About This Project

With 175 sunny days per year and 87 city parks, and thousands of acres of green space, Spokane, Washington is an ideal destination for outdoor exploration. Thanks to strategic planning of city leaders in the early 1900s, and collaboration with the Olmsted Brothers, one of the most reputable landscape architect firms of the early 20th century, more than 80% of Spokane residents are within walking distance of a park or greenspace.

When it comes to city planning, the Olmsted Brothers believed that every household should have access to a green space, that these spaces should remain mostly undeveloped, and that more is more when it comes to city parks. Under these tenets, the leadership of the burgeoning city of Spokane were able to secure the acreage and funding to create the protected spaces that we know today, including Manito Park, the Finch Arboretum and Downriver Park.

As the region continues to expand beyond the city limits of Spokane county, access to green space becomes harder to maintain without intervention. By implementing “Olmsted 2.0,” Inland Northwest Land Conservancy will identify opportunities for future park development and conservation, ensuring that 100 years from now, our great-grandkids will enjoy ten-minute walks to their  local park or green space, and all the individual and community health benefits associated with it, throughout Spokane county.

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Your support means clean water, clear air, views of mountains, safe homes for plants and animals, family hikes through forests, and a continuation of the outdoor life that is iconic of the Inland Northwest. Your gifts matter today, tomorrow, and far into the future as we work to protect the special places in our home. Thank you for making a difference you can see!

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Where We Work

On February 4, 1991, 11 conservation-minded thought leaders held the first official meeting of the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy around a dining room table, with the intention of protecting special places in the Inland Northwest from the imminent threat of development. Thirty years later, more than 22,000 acres of land and 125 miles of waterways & shorelines are protected, thanks to their vision.

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