Palisades Park starts high above Spokane and includes about 700 acres. The cross streets are Greenwood Rd. and Rimrock Drive. The park is considered both conservation land and a city park and includes views of the city and Mount Spokane, basalt rock outcrops, natural vegetation, and a wildlife area.
Palisades Park started as 50 acres donated to the park board by John A. Finch. It was described in the Report of the Board of Park Commissioners in 1913 as, "the most picturesque tract of 50 acres lying on the high bluffs west of the city. The rocky cliffs and scenic valleys will allow for a driveway passing through the lower side which the grandeur will compare favorably with anything in the Northwest."
A geological survey was taken of the area in 2003 and described the rock formations included in the park. Part of the report reads, "the palisades are steep basalt cliffs that are locally vertical to overhanging. The basalt rock layers that form the cliffs are part of the wide Columbia River Plateau." Several types of basalt, volcanic rock, sediments and sedimentary rocks are described in the report.
Timber sale agreements with Long Lake Lumber Company helped thin out some of the trees in 1966 and in 1982 a proposal to run a horseback and petting zoo in the park was heard but nothing ever came of the proposal.
Today the Palisades Neighborhood keeps a close watch over this land. Check out their website at www.palisadesnw.com. They keep the trails clear, sell maps, and ask that hikers and horseback riders alike leave no trace.