5th Avenue Initiative

Fiske and Fifth


Residents, businesses, and community leaders are engaging with the City of Spokane in a neighborhood-led effort to revitalize East 5th Avenue between Liberty Park and Thor/Freya in the East Central neighborhood. The 5th Avenue Initiative builds upon previous discussions in 2016 and 2017. This project looks to develop a community vision that is inclusive and unified, and provides strategic actions for improvements, programming, and community building along 5th Avenue. This multi-faceted project reflects the diversity of East Central Spokane, and the outcome will support efforts to foster neighborhood identity and enhance quality of life for citizens and businesses along the 5th Avenue corridor.


Following community discussions and input, the draft community strategy is available:


The project outcome will be a strategy that focuses on prioritized actions and community building efforts to revitalize 5th Avenue. Your input is important to provide information to City departments and decision-makers about community priorities and projects. The initiative is expected to wrap up in early 2020.

Previous Activities

Draft Strategy Community Forum
February 22, 2020
10 a.m. – 12 p.m., formal presentation at 10:30 a.m.
MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center/East Central Community Center (500 S. Stone Street)

Community Forum
December 14, 2019, 10:00 am
MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center/East Central Community Center

Stakeholder Meetings:

  • Meeting 1 - November 16, 2019, 10:00 am at Carl Maxey Center
  • Meeting 2 - November 23, 2019, 10:00 am at Carl Maxey Center
  • Meeting 3 - December 5, 2019, 7:30 am at Emmanuel Family Life Center


Area businesses, nonprofits, and churches have been working to enhance 5th Avenue as a catalyst for a renewed vision in East Central. There has been much progress already, including the opening of Fresh Soul, the Carl Maxey Center, and SERA Youth Tutoring and Recreation Center. East Central Community Center's campus is expanding with more space for the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center, Community Colleges of Spokane's Head Start program and with building the CHAS Dental Health Clinic. The East Central Library will be rebuilt in Liberty Park with nearly double the space and will feature a Children's Zone programming space. Additionally, the City assisted the neighborhood by investing in sidewalk improvements and planting new street trees along 5th Avenue, and looks to continue to support revitalization efforts through this initiative.

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Contact Information

Maren Murphy, AICP
Assistant Planner