Construction on Spokane’s expanse of sky bridges began in the 1960's when the Parkade was connected with the historic 1890 Bennett Block building and the Bon Marche (now Macy's). The convenience of going between a covered parking area to shops and restaurants without going out into the elements caught on quickly. As one of only three North American cities to boast a skywalk system, these covered walkways are uniquely our own. Currently 15 skywalks cover about a dozen city blocks. In the spring and winter you will notice seasonal messages highlighting all that Spokane has to offer. In collaboration with building owners, the DSP assists with the use of these gems for promotion of community events.
Downtown Spokane works closely with skywalk owners and property managers to enhance downtown environment through promotion of community events using the available spaces in downtown’s skywalk system.
As per Spokane Municipal Code, Skywalk displays must be related to special events. To assure that the banners comply with City Ordinance, the Downtown Spokane Partnership requires pre-approval of design.
- Message must encourage a positive image of downtown Spokane.
- Applicants must be, or associate with, a nonprofit organization or community partner.
- Message may promote Citywide special events or activities open to the public.
- May celebrate or draw attention to seasonal activities.
- May promote a public awareness campaign.
Each skywalk property manager is responsible for the maintenance of the skywalks. Downtown Spokane is happy to connect with property manager on your behalf to coordinate the promotion of community events via the skywalk system. No all skywalks are appropriate for exterior promotion.
Downtown Skywalks are not available for promotion during spring (Mid-April to June month-end) and from Thanksgiving through First Night. During that time the skywalks are reserved for Downtown Spokane seasonal promotions.
Expect a cost between $500-$1,000 per skywalk depending on the type of production. Downtown Spokane requires approval of all designs before implementation. Applicants are solely responsible for the production, instillation, and clean-up of the promotion. Email all designs to Marketing and Programming Manager, Elisabeth Hooker, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paint creates the biggest impact, Downtown Spokane recommends painter Stan Burke at 509.325.3632 or Del Croff at 509.534.3288. Window washing can be arranged through West Coast Window Cleaning, 509.294.0932. The average charge for cleaning is $200 per skywalk, depending on skywalk size.
Window banners are an attractive option, but are not effective on all skywalk windows (many windows are tinted and reduce visibility).
Exterior vinyl clings
Clings are a possibility, but not suggested, as they require a street closure for instillation.
Because the skywalks are a public space, it is recommended that designs be simple and durable to prevent vandalism. Painted designs are most effective when placed high on a window and utilizing outlines to prevent scratches on the surface.
Suggested production resources
- Screen Tek - Liberty Lake, 509-928-8322
- DiJulio Display - West Side, 800-321-9627
- Instant Sign Factory – Spokane, 509-456-3333
- Cassel Promotions – Spokane, 509-747-0062
- Designer Decal - Spokane 509-535-0267