Manito Park, Spokane, WA
1702 South Grand Boulevard, Spokane, WA, USA
Manito Park, Spokane, WA Reviews
Jewel of Spokane Feb 14, 2012
Manito Park is THE place to see for anyone visiting or living in the Spokane area!
It is a 90-acre, public-access park locatedon the South Hill between 17th and 24th. It contains five different gardens, a conservatory greenhouse, and a duck pond. This park receives approximately 160,000 visitors a year.
The north side of the park (entrance off Bernard) has a playground and typical park atmosphere with BBQ pits and a large covered gathering space. The duck pond is just west of here, and in fact visible from the entrance. It is also the open, grassy area near the playground that many neighborhood kids (and parents) sled down in the winter after it snows.
Continuing on, the park has large, manicured lawns behind the playground area just to the east/southeast of the road leading into the park. Turning to the west again, one will see the English gardens to the left. Behind the English gardens is the greenhouse, and just beyond that is the large, open garden area where there are roses and several species of flowers including, petunias, pansies, zinnia, and other annuals and perinniels; this area is best viewed between July and September, when everything is in full bloom and at full growth. This garden replicates a lot of the courtyards I've seen accompany pictures of palaces abroad.
Passing by the English gardens to the right, a road follows around and gives one an elevated view of the English gardens. Following it around further brings you to the Japanese Gardens; following the road at the same level as the English gardens itself, there is a fabulous rose garden above the road that showcases over 50 types of roses. The smell is heavenly in the summer when the flowers have reached full bloom and give off their tempting sweet aromas; this route also guides you to back side of the Japanese Gardens.
This park is a great park to bring the kids, have a picnic, laze around reading a book, watching ducks, playing with your dogs, or just getting some alone time with yourself.
How many places look this spectacular enough to continually get a 5-star rating from visitors AND be free???
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Jul 25, 2007
Manito Park, one of the oldest and largest parks in the northwest covering a total of 90 acres from 17th to 25th Avenues in Spokane, is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy yourself. It consists of many areas, including the large duck pond, Duncan gardens, a classical European Renaissance style garden , the perennial gardens, a large rose garden featuring over 1500 bushes and 150 varieties, Lilac garden, Nishinomiya Japanese Garden, a very nice conservatory, a large picnic shelter, the Park Bench Café, and playgrounds and fields for most sports. Being so large there are roads winding through and parking areas dotted in several locations. Although we were primarily interested in the Japanese garden, the drive through this park was amazing. We had to stop several times to capture the beauty and look at the wonderful scenery. The Nishinomiya Japanese Garden was completed in 1974 and symbolizes the friendship of Spokane, Washington, for its sister city, Nishinomiya, Japan. A well-known Japanese landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai, who at one time was in charge of the Imperial Palace grounds, was enlisted to design the garden in 1967. This premier park of Spokane attracts thousands of visitors every year and we could really see why. If you are ever in Spokane, this park is a great place to spend an afternoon. And its free!
Part of the Summer in the Northwest - 2007 travel blog