Browns Park is a 8.2-acre park located at the corner of Pines Road and 32nd Avenue, a favorite of families that live in south Spokane Valley. New playground equipment and swings will be installed in the neighborhood section of the park in 2021. In addition, a small picnic shelter and restroom will be constructed near the playground to accommodate park visitors.
The Parks and Recreation Master Plan developed in 2013 recommended developing Browns Park as a destination sand volleyball complex for our region. At that time, the park hosted four sand volleyball courts and a hand full of traditional park amenities.
To pursue the concept of a destination sand volleyball complex, city staff embarked on a public master planning process in 2014 to determine the public's level of support and interest for potential upgrades to the park. An extensive process was held with the neighborhood, community members and stakeholders. Design consultants prepared conceptual site plans that were displayed at a March 2014 public input meeting. Based on input received, a final conceptual master plan was drafted (see image below). The master plan, approved by City Council, provided a vision for future development and acted as a guide for revitalization of the park. In the plan, future upgrades would include expansion of the volleyball courts and improving the neighborhood park portion, with construction of new picnic shelters, restrooms, play equipment, splash pad, perimeter walking path, lighting, and additional parking.
The first phase of renovation began in spring of 2015. Funding was secured to construct seven sand volleyball courts. In addition, a new basketball court was added as part of an Eagle Scout project, partnering with the Spokane Hoopfest organization.
In 2016, a championship sand volleyball court was constructed. Later, a splash pad was added as part of the neighborhood park improvement. In 2018, the final eight sand volleyball courts were constructed for a total of 16 new courts. One original volleyball court remained in the neighborhood park portion.
In 2019 and 2020, improvements continued to fulfill the master park plan. New amenities constructed included a large picnic shelter, restrooms, a skate dot with a small picnic shelter nearby, perimeter walking path, and lighting.
If you have any questions, please contact John Bottelli, Parks, Recreation and Facilities Director, at (509) 720-5400.
View the Browns Park Final Master Plan as a pdf file.