Concert in the Park (Aug 2)

This year’s free Concert in the Park featuring the band Broken Whistle will be on Sunday, August 2 starting at 5pm in Emerson Park (1116 W Alice).

This concert is open to everyone who would like to attend. Bring blankets, folding chairs, friends and family and make an event of it!

E-G Concert Poster 2015If you’re on Facebook and would like to RSVP to the event, click here.

Many thanks to our sponsors — Gina Lanza of Farmers Insurance, Corbin Park Homeowners Association, Rogue Heart Media and Mary Monroe — for helping to make this concert happen.

Register Your “Night Out” Block Party

Don’t forget to register your Night Out block party! The deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 28.

What is the Night Out? It’s part of the annual National Night Out Against Crime (NNO) event that raises awareness about crime and drug prevention. Each year neighborhoods, community organizations, youth organizations, apartment complexes and businesses throughout Spokane are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the NNO.


The nationwide NNO event takes place on Tuesday, August 4 this year. It’s sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by Spokane C.O.P.S. All told, it involves over 16,250 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. Over 38.1 million people are expected to participate in 2015.

The purpose of the NNO is to

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
  • Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts.
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.
  • Send a message to criminals, letting them know neighbors are organized and fighting back

You and your neighborhood, apartment community, mobile home park, organization or business can join Spokane C.O.P.S. by hosting a variety of special events such as a block party, cookouts, ice cream social, youth activities, visits from McGruff, police and fire departments, city council and so on.

Register your block party today by filling out the online registration form at the Spokane C.O.P.S. website or by picking up a form at your local C.O.P.S. Shop. In Emerson-Garfield, the nearest location is C.O.P.S. North Central (630 W Shannon).

You can ask for more information on NNO and local Night Out events in person or by calling Spokane C.O.P.S. at (509) 625-3301.

2015 COHBC Parking Lot Party (July 26)

This year Christ Our Hope Bible Church (1620 N Monroe) will be holding its free annual Parking Lot Party this SundayJuly 26 from 5:30 to 8:30pm.

The Parking Lot Party is one of COHBC’s many popular, family-friendly events that is open to the wider community. They usually have a bouncy castle, live music, carnival food, face painting, games, raffles and prizes, and lots more.

CoHBC Parking Lot Party 2015

For more info, get in touch with Alex Rappé at or on (509) 994-4800.

Compost Tea Demo (July 17)

This week’s Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market on Friday, July 17 has a follow-up to the popular composting demo that launched the season back in June.

Master Composter and Master Gardener Ryan Herring will be demonstrating the process for making both compost extract and compost tea, and he’ll explain uses of each in your home garden.

This fun, educational demonstration will run for the duration of the market — that is, from 3 to 7pm in the parking lot of Knox Presbyterian (806 W Knox) right in the heart of Emerson-Garfield. Stop by anytime during the market to learn how easy it is to make nutritious rocket fuel for your plants!

Compost Tea Class Flyer

The market is also into the second week of its brand new KERNEL pilot program for kids. This week’s activity deals with companion planting. Kids will get to take part in hands-on learning about how to pair certain plants (like tomatoes and basil) to deter garden pests or avoid competition for soil nutrients. Last week’s transplanting activity was so successful that the organizer ran out of zucchini starts!

See here for more market activities scheduled throughout July.

Since this is a grassroots market run by volunteers from the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council and an intern from Project Hope Spokane, there isn’t the budget to take out big newspaper ads or stage huge concerts. The market relies primarily on social media and word of mouth to let everyone know about its more than 20 vendors plus all the great musicians and activities it hosts. Please make a point to stop by and invite your friends, co-workers, family and neighbors!

Greening Grants: Street Trees on W Mansfield

As part of the City’s current round of Greening Grants, volunteers from the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council recently convened in Emerson Park and identified streets in the neighborhood that were lacking trees. One area that came up (and has come up at least once before) is West Mansfield.

The Office of Neighborhood Services and Spokane Urban Forestry pulled together some data that identified existing trees and showed where new trees might be planted. Those annotated maps are shown in the gallery below.

If you live or own property on the portions of W Mansfield depicted in these aerial views, you will likely have received a letter from the City with a return postcard allowing you to accept or decline the free Greening Grants street trees.

We encourage you to fill out the card and mail it back — preferably with your consent to plant! Like the letter says, these trees come at no cost to you. The only obligation is to water them sufficiently to get them established after planting.

The benefits of trees should be self-evident. They shade your house during oppressively hot weather like this. They act as a wind buffer in the winter. They beautify your street and even add value to your home. And they’ve even been shown to help slow speeding traffic. (Here’s a good rundown with these and other reasons.) So if you were on the fence before, we hope you’ll choose to plant and help green the neighborhood!

June PeTT Meeting Summary

This is a quick summary of the last two meetings of the Community Assembly‘s Pedestrian, Traffic and Transportation (PeTT) Committee from Carlie Hoffman, our neighborhood’s PeTT representative. It provides some context to the discussion about Photo Red funding that took place during the June meeting of the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council.


John Snyder spoke at the May 26 PeTT Committee meeting. He noted that there have been unused funds each year since the program began in 2010, about $200,000 per year.  Each district now gets $150,000 per year (up from $100,000) with a $50,000 limit per project (up from $40,000).

Snyder proposed that the neighborhood councils and the Community Assembly discuss the option of using some of the surplus unallocated funds to help fund a larger project through a loan.

  • The loan would be paid back using funds from the unallocated photo-red funds over a set number of years.
  • The loan would be created to enable a grant-matching amount so that the total price of a large project (e.g., Mission Gap) would be supplemented.

This concept presupposes that the Photo Red camera project would continue to have an excess of funds each year to cover the loan repayment.

At the June 23 PeTT Committee meeting, this issue was discussed further, and all agreed that the neighborhood councils had concerns about the following three areas of the proposal:

  • Sustainability of the Photo Red money
  • The larger project’s fit to the purpose and goals of the Photo Red traffic-calming focus
  • Involvement of the neighborhood councils in the choice of the projects that would involve unallocated funds.

Two additional documents offer additional information on the Mission Gap project that prompted Councilman Snyder’s proposal and PeTT Committee chair Paul Kropp’s summary of the situation to the neighborhood councils.

If you have questions about this proposal as it relates to Emerson-Garfield, please contact Carlie via e-mail.

Corbin Park Yard Sale (June 20)

The 2015 Corbin Park Yard Sale is this Saturday (June 20).

It runs from 9am to 3pm. Houses on and near the park will have lots of secondhand and gently used items for sale.

While you’re there, snap a photo and send it to us so we have an accompanying image next year.