Spokane Park Board eyes potential indoor sports facility

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane Park Board plans to spend up to $650,000 for property near the Spokane Arena to support a $42 million indoor prep sports facility long in development.

The Spokesman-Review reports that construction of the Sportsplex, as it has been dubbed by the Spokane Sports Commission and Spokane Public Facilities District, is scheduled to begin early next year on the north bank of the Spokane River.

The facilities district is negotiating with city officials to lease about an acre of city park land between Dean and Cataldo avenues to the district to use for the Sportsplex. The land includes the former Carnation Dairy garage that the parks system uses for storage.

The Sportsplex would include a 200-meter banked indoor track, basketball courts and an NHL-sized ice rink for hockey and other sports.