Picnic Shelter

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The Downtown Spokane Rotary Club constructed this cooking shelter in November 1960 at a cost of about $16,000. Dessigned by Henry Bertelsen, Eddy Carlson, and James Architects, It enclosed 2000 square feet, provided table space for 100, and was built with five range units and a double sink. Families, businesses, community organizations and churches all hold special events here.

Picnics have always been a popular part of Manito Park, espcially near the playgrounds and on the hillside near the 18th street entrance. People from all walks of life would spend time in the park with a picnic and their kids. A streetcar would bring them to 10th street and they would walk the rest of the way to Manito, but as the city grew and lines expanded, a streetcar would drop picnickers off just outside the park. So popular was this activity that Charles A. Libby, famous Spokane photographer, took photographs of people picnicking in the park to help advertise the Davenport as a place to purchase a picnic lunch, and promotional literature featured Picnicking to promote the Manito Park Addition as a place to move your family.

According to an ad in the Spokane Daily Chronicle, the presence of the park inflated property values, which limited the type of people who could afford to live around the park. It did not, however, limit the people who could visit the park. The land in front of the picnic shelter would be covered by water during different times of the year until the park installed a drainage system. If you walk up the stairs behind the shelter, take the path to your left and face east, you are looking at the sledding hill. Kids of all ages from the 1900s to present have enjoyed sledding that hill in the winter.

Images

Manito Park Shelter in 1960

Manito Park Shelter in 1960

Source: VF Spokane Parks Manito, Northwest Room, Spokane Public Library, Spokane, WA View File Details Page

Map of Manito Park circa 1912

Map of Manito Park circa 1912

Image from the Standard Atlas of Spokane County including a Plat Book from Eastern Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives, Cheney, WA. | Source: Standard Atlas of Spokane County including a Plat Book, Compiled and Published by Geo. A. Ogle and Company, Chicago, 1912. Accessed Eastern Washington State Archives, Cheney, WA. View File Details Page

Picnic at Manito circa 1910

Picnic at Manito circa 1910

Image from the glass lantern slides part of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department photos accessed through Tony and Suzanne Bamonte, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Sledders Manito Park 1960

Sledders Manito Park 1960

Image from Spokesman Review, Historical Holiday Photos | Source: Spokesman Review Mobile Historical Holiday Photos Nov. 24, 2010 http://m.spokesman.com/galleries/2010/nov/24/historical-holiday-photos/ (accessed May 1 - June 5, 2011) View File Details Page

Rosalia Folks at Golden Wedding Picnic

Rosalia Folks at Golden Wedding Picnic

Mr. and Mrs. J. Ledbetter came from Rosalia Friday afternoon to frolic in Manito park with others of the elder generation at a golden wedding picnic sponsored by the Central Christian Church of Spokane. They married 69 years ago. From Spokane Daily Chronicle, September 1, 1936. | Source: Rosalia Folks at Golden Wedding Picnic, Spokane Daily Chronicle, September 1, 1936, Page 11 http://news.google.com/newspapersznid=ddB7do2jUx8C&dat=19360901&printsec=frontpage&hl=en (Accessed May 11, 2011) View File Details Page

Audio

Picnic Shelter - Audio

Narration from files at the Northwest Room, Spokane Public Library, Spokane, WA and files at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane, WA. View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Tracy L. Rebstock, “Picnic Shelter,” Spokane Historical, accessed May 25, 2017, http://spokanehistorical.org/items/show/48.

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