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.


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 meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 pm in the library at Finch Elementary School, 3717 N Milton Street. Minutes for past meetings are posted here. Check the calendar for meeting dates and other events.

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

New Play Features in Audubon Park

Two new play features were recently added to the small child play area in Audubon Park. The climbing structures were paid for with funds donated by the Jess Roskelley and Spokane Parks Foundations. The climbing structures fit the mature pine tree environment, provide physical exercise, and are designed for use by children of all skill levels. The Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council is very appreciative of the Jess Roskelley Foundation’s effort to add these new features to our neighborhood park.

Shadle Park Library Reopens

The Shadle Park Library recently 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 Sustainable Garden

The neighborhood council is working with library staff to create a garden plot on the west side of the Shadle Park Library . The garden will contain a variety of drought-tolerant plants that require minimal watering and maintenance. The garden will have signage to help visitors identify the types of plants. Other participants in the project include the city’s WaterWise Program, the Native Plant Society, Growing Neighbors, the Master Gardeners Program and Desert Jewels Nursery. Planting is scheduled for early April, and a public grand opening event will be held later this spring.

Shadle Garden Area

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

Concerts Under the Pines

Each summer, the Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council organizes evening concerts in Audubon Park. The family-friendly concerts are an annual event that provide an opportunity for residents to gather for an evening of fun and entertainment.

Summer Concert in Audubon Park

Northwest Boulevard Pedestrian Crossing

The Audubon-Downriver Neighborhood Council used traffic calming funds to complete the construction of 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