Mirror Pond, Spokane, WA

July 14 Picnic for Mirror Pond

The Friends of Manito is sponsoring a Picnic to benefit Mirror Pond, Sunday, July 14, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in lower Manito Park at the Rotary picnic shelter. Click Here to Buy BBQ Ticket Online

Join us for a catered barbecue dinner, live music, children's entertainment, and silent auction. All proceeds will be designated to improve the water quality and landscaping of Mirror Pond in Manito Park (also affectionately known as "the duck pond").

Adult dinner tickets, $30, includes: BBQ chicken and ribs, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, macaroni salad, corn bread, and drink.

Kid's dinner ticket, (ages 6 to 16) $10, includes: hot dog and/or ham sandwich, chips, potato salad, baked beans and drink.

Children 5 and under eat FREE! Must be accompanied by one adult with a dinner ticket. Dinner tickets are limited.

Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal and old fashion family party in the park for the pond.

To buy tickets you can stop by the office at 4 East 21st Street in Manito Park. To use a credit card and buy now click here to Buy BBQ Ticket Online.


Be a Part of the Future
Donate to Mirror Pond Renovation Project

The Friends of Manito are fundraising for the Mirror Pond Renovation Project at Manito Park in Spokane, WA. The Phase 1 Goal is $320,000. Phase 1 is needed to conserve and improve the quality of the water. A new filtration system will improve health and clarity to the water which will enhance the aquatic and wildlife habitat.


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.

A design for the renovation of Mirror Pond in Manito Park was funded by The Friends of Manito in 2007 for $35,842. This master plan shows progress in four phases. TFM now focuses on raising funds for phase 1 which will significantly conserve and improve the quality of the water.

TFM established a project fund at US Bank with a starting contribution of $14,158.05. Donation to date are totaling over $23,500. TFM added another $50,000 at the November 2011 Board Meeting. This will move the project forward in Spring 2012.

Phase 1

The first phase installs equipment to add dissolved oxygen to the pond and a water level control device. Water savings will be accomplished by recycling pond water and shutting down supplemental city water. The new filtration system will improve health and clarity to the water which will enhance the aquatic and wildlife habitat.

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. You may have fondly called it the "Duck Pond". Renovation is needed because over the years with so many ducks and other problems it has become terribly polluted.

Design for renovation of Mirror Pond was funded by grant from TFM in 2007. This master plan is now complete and shows progress in four phases. TFM will focus its effort accomplishing Phase 1.



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 publicís 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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