Mission Statement

The Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council works to improve the quality of life for everyone that lives and works in the neighborhood by providing a forum for their discussions, an opportunity for their participation, and an organized approach to communicating with local government and other decision-making bodies.

Welcome

We invite you to join us at our monthly meeting to learn more about the activities of your neighborhood council. Our meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month (except for July, August, and December). Neighborhood council projects include park improvements, traffic calming, public safety, and community events.  Residents, property owners, and business owners who attend 2 or more meetings in 12 consecutive months become voting members. Our next membership meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 pm at the Shadle Public Library, 2111 W Wellesley Street. If you prefer to attend virtually, use the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87286287875?pwd=Zld4ajYrQ3Q4c1JGZ2RpNGRmSXd5dz09 Minutes for past meetings are posted here.

Our Neighborhood Boundaries

The Audubon Downriver Neighborhood encompasses the area bounded by Wellesley Avenue to the north, Ash Street to the east, Fairview Street, TJ Meenach and Downriver Drive to the south, and the Spokane River to the west. Audubon Downriver Neighborhood

What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood


Complete the Audubon Park Rock Scramble

In 2021, two climbing structures were added to the small-child play area at Audubon Park in Spokane, WA. The Jess Roskelley Foundation provided funding for the purchase and installation of the structures. Jess Roskelley, a lifelong Spokane native, perished in 2019 while climbing in the Canadian Rockies. The Jess Roskelley Foundation exists to promote public projects and outdoor activities that will benefit generations to come and provide access to the wild places cherished by Jess, while preserving his legacy as an international alpinist.

Additional plans call for installing a rock scramble on a sloping hillside north of the play area. The cost for the purchase and installation of the materials is $12,000. This year, the Jess Roskelley Foundation pledged an additional $5000, and the Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council pledged $1000 to complete the project. The Audubon Downriver Neighborhood Council has created a GoFundMe page to raise the remaining $6000. We aim to meet this goal by the end of 2022, so construction can begin in the spring of 2023. Audubon Park is a popular community park in northwest Spokane that attracts residents from all income levels. It is a popular destination for family gatherings, with several outdoor play features for children of all ages. Until recently, the small child (2-5 yrs) play area has been underserved. Adding the climbing structures and the rock scramble will encourage our youngest park visitors to use their strength and balance skills in a playful setting. To make a donation, please visit our GoFundMe page at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/Complete-the-Audubon-Park-Rock-Scramble

Shadle Park Library

The Shadle Park Library reopened after completion of a major renovation and expansion. The new and improved facility provides convenient and free meeting spaces, a children’s playspace, a demonstration kitchen, a discovery garden, a drive-thru book drop, a quiet reading room and more. For more information, including the library hours, visit the library’s website at https://www.spokanelibrary.org/shadle/

Shadle Park Library


Shadle Park Library Discovery Garden

The Shadle Park Library garden contains a variety of drought-tolerant plants that require minimal watering and maintenance.  Participants in the garden project included the city’s WaterWise Program, the Native Plant Society, Growing Neighbors, the Master Gardeners Program, Desert Jewels Nursery and the Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council. Shadle Library Garden

Shadle Area Neighborhood Plan

Residents from the Northwest and Audubon-Downriver neighborhoods worked with city planning staff and a private consultant to create a 20-year vision for the area around the Shadle shopping center. The Shadle Area Neighborhood Plan was adopted by City Council in November, 2019. Follow this link to review the final plan. Shadle Center Planning Area

Northwest Boulevard Pedestrian Crossing

The Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council used traffic calming funds to add a pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Northwest Boulevard and Alice Street. The marked crossing includes a safety island in the center of the Boulevard to enhance the safety of the crossing.

Pedestrian Crossing on Northwest Boulevard


Information Kiosk in Audubon Park

The Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council received funds from the Spokane Parks Foundation to design and construct an information kiosk near the parking lot in Audubon Park. Signage on the kiosk describes the history of the park, a guided walking tour of the tree species in the park, a lost and found bin, a place for residents to post community messages, and a map of the surrounding neighborhood.
Information Kiosk in Audubon Park