Mirror Pond, Spokane, WA

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Donate to Mirror Pond Renovation Project

All donations are 100% Tax Deductible and will go toward pond improvements.

To be listed as a donor, send checks to:
The Friends of Manito
4 West 21st Avenue, Spokane, WA 99203

and designated for Mirror Pond.
Anonymous donations may be made directly to any
US Bank, Mirror Pond Account.


More Information about Mirror Pond

Mirror Pond has been a permanent part of the geology of Manito Park even before it was a park. Originally, it was much larger; at least part of the year, extending to what is now Grand Boulevard. Early pictures of Manito show people ice skating on it and this tradition continues every winter. At one time the lake had a channel extending to Grand Boulevard like the handle of a mirror thus inspiring the name Mirror Lake. The Mirror Lake “handle” was filled in many years ago.

Very few places in Spokane evoke more emotion than the pond in Manito Park. It is a peaceful and beautiful place within an urban area that invites us to stroll or sit and reflect. It is a natural habitat for water fowl and allows us to enjoy the migration of many species.

Mirror Pond as it exists today has problems. There is poor water quality, a shoreline worn down and eroded, a need to conserve water and foster habitat for waterfowl, and a need for a more aesthetically pleasing and user friendly landscape.

The Friends of Manito in partnership with The City of Spokane Park and Recreation is committed to finding the solutions from a data drive analysis. A chemistry commitee was established in 2013 and quarter water samples are taken to understand the ecosystem that exsists in the water.

In the Fall of 2014, TFM, Spokane Parks & Recreation, along with the Department of Ecology will spent $160,000 in pond renovations.

Our focus in 2015 is to study the sediment layer on the bottom to determine volume.



Mirror Pond in the News:

South Hill KXLY
Funding Comes Together For First Phase of Mirror Pond Renovation

Spokesman Review
Manito pond cleanup ready for public’s help

City of Spokane
Mirror Pond Renovation

History of the Mirror Pond

Mirror Pond was originally a natural lake called Mirror Lake that would dry up during the summer months, until a concrete retaining structure was built to keep it full throughout the year.

It was large enough to accommodate canoes that could be rented on site. A dance hall was located on the bank of the lake and open air motion pictures were shown nearby from 1905-1907.

In 1955, a natural basalt rock fireplace was erected at the west end as a memorial to Lt. Lawrence Rist, an Air Force officer killed in action during the Korean War.

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