The first inhabitants of the area were the Spokane Indians and the Inland Northwest tribes gather at the site of traditional fishing grounds to celebrate their heritage with dance, drumming and handicrafts in the Riverfront Park.
There are 75 lakes within a 50 mile radius of the city so there are many opportunities for all water sports. Golf courses in and around the area are described as affordable, accessible and diverse. There are 19 public courses within a 45 minute drive of the city. Spokane City golf courses.
Spokane county parks system has more than 75 parks and pathways with more than 3,488 acres of protected green space. Plus 12 national parks within a days drive.
There are many attractions, arts and entertainment opportunities to enjoy.
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Special events held annually in Spokane include
Komen Race for the Cure Spokane in April
Lilac Bloomsday Run, largest timed footrace in US 12 km in May
Annual Spring Barrel Tasting local wineries - Mothers Day weekend
Lilac Festival and Armed Forces Torchlight Parade
Hoopfest, largest 3 on3 basketball tournament, 2 days, 6245 teams, 395 half-courts, in June
Artfest - 3 days outdoor art , music & childrens festival
Valley Fest - fun run, parade, booths, concerts in Sept
Annual Holiday Wine Fest local wineries - weekend before Thanksgiving
First Night Spokane on New Years Eve - downtown live performances and multicultural events
As a Hub city for the Inland Northwest there are many more facilities available than the population size might suggest. 2012 population estimate is over 475,000 for the county of Spokane and 210,103 for the city of Spokane.
Spokane is a trade and medical center for a 36 county region. The Spokane International airport has non-stop service to Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Fransisco, Portland, Boise, Seattle and Hawaii.
Spokane has one of the largest medical centers in the Northwest with four full service hospitals as well as three speciality hospitals including The Sacred Heart Cancer and Research Center and the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Educational opportunities are provided at various colleges and universities (Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University and Law School, Whitworth College, Intercollegiate Center For Nursing) two community colleges (Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane Community College) and three private universites (Park University, University of Phoenix and Webster University).
The Spokane economy is heavily trade and service oriented. The four top employers (source: Journal of Business 2010 Book of Lists) are State of Washington, Fairchild Air Force Base, Sacred Heart Medical Center & Childrens Hospital, and Spokane Public Schools.
There is no Washington State personal income tax. Sales/usage tax for Spokane is 8.7% with 6.5% remitted to the state of Washington and 0.6% is a public transit tax.