Storm facility work begins, golf course temporarily closed

Work begins on stormwater treatment facility, temporary closure of golf course and TJ Meenach access area

Kristen Davis, Director of Public Works Communications, 509.625.7773 and Fianna Dixon, Director of Parks and Recreation Communications, 509.435.1866

Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 8:51 am

Construction begins later this week on a rainwater treatment facility in the Cochran Basin; The Downriver Disc golf course and TJ Meenach watercraft access area will be temporarily closed effective Monday, September 26th. The project is expected to be completed and the golf course and watercraft access point reopened in June 2023.

The Cochran Basin Treatment Facility project involves the construction of ten basins to treat the rainwater that flows from, and seeps into, much of North Spokane. The ponds will be located at Downriver Disc Golf Course and Downriver Park and will be able to process up to 11 million gallons of storm water each day that currently enters the Spokane River and will further protect its health. Design plans include the conservation of many trees of importance and the replacement of thin, declining tree areas with pines and native plants.

“When it’s time to go underground, our team looks for opportunities to improve above-ground amenities,” says Marilyn Fest, Director of Public Works. “This is a win for our community that benefits our quality of life and the environment.”

“We are really excited to be able to offer an upgraded Disc Golf course for the growing sport and its participants as well as an improved experience for people accessing the river at the launch and dining of TJ Meenach,” said Parks and Recreation Director Garrett Jones.

In addition to improving river health, the Cochrane Basin Stormwater Facility Project will provide:

  • Downriver Disc golf course renovated including 18 new holes
  • Two new car parks with more than 40 stalls serving golf participants
  • information booth
  • Improve lane access
  • Renovated TJ Meenach water boat access area
  • New paved plaza for more parking, two 50-foot-tall structures, and space to accommodate trailers that hit the river

Disc golfers are encouraged to go out and play one this past weekend on this historic course before it closes for renewal. Disc golf baskets donated by Spokane Disc Golf Club in 2014 to the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation will be removed on Monday, September 26The tenth. The baskets will be stored by the city for future use to be determined.

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