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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Closures, events around the city

January 21, 2019

Most of the city of Spokane and Spokane County government offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day Monday, with only some public works services and law enforcement offices staying open for the holiday.

The Spokane County Courthouse, the Public Safety Building, Veterans Services, Spokane County Parks and Recreation and SCRAPS are closed. The Spokane Valley and North County transfer stations remain open, as well as the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Parking will be free during the holiday and City Hall will be closed. The 3:30 p.m. City Council briefing session and the 6 p.m. meeting are canceled; the next meeting to be held will be on Jan. 28, a town hall meeting in the council chambers.

The Spokane Public Library will be closed for the day, but garbage pickup and curbside recycling will be on its usual schedule.

The SkyRide and Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park will be open for the holiday.

Mayor David Condon will deliver a proclamation at the Martin Luther King Jr. rally, which starts at 10 a.m. in the Spokane Convention Center, and Rev. Percy “Happy” Watkins will deliver King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

There will be a march around 11 a.m. Afterward, a resource fair is to be held where local nonprofits including SNAP, YWCA and Spokane NAACP will offer resources and volunteer opportunities.

The march route will go along Spokane Falls Boulevard from the Convention Center to Bernard Street, Bernard from Spokane Falls to Riverside Avenue, Riverside to Washington Street, Washington to Spokane Falls Boulevard and back to the Convention Center. Streets will be closed from 11 to 11:30 a.m. for the march.

Reporter Nicholas Deshais contributed.

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