Spokane Valley is an incorporated city in Spokane County, Washington. The city of Spokane lies to the west, while Liberty Lake is to the east. Spokane Valley is among the state's larger cities, with a population of roughly 84,000 residents, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates from 2006. Spokane Valley is part of the Spokane metropolitan area. Just over the border in Idaho are Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls. Residents of Spokane Valley enjoy a variety of recreational activities, including backpacking, mountaineering, and skiing.
That area that is now Spokane Valley was first known as a place where European fur traders came to do business with the local Native Americans during the 18th century. The original inhabitants of the Spokane Valley fished the salmon-rich waters and lived simple, peaceful lives. Though that original way of life is now gone, Spokane Valley is still considered to be a wonderful place to live and recently the city has been promoting itself as just that.
Spokane Valley is a quiet community that offers its residents scenic views in urban, suburban, and rural settings. It has several major public facilities, including: the Spokane Valley Mall; Center Place, an expansive facility with banquet rooms, meeting rooms, and a lecture hall; and the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.
Spokane Valley consists of six distinct communities, each of which features its own unique atmosphere:
In recent years Spokane Valley has experienced substantial economic growth. Retail stores constitute the city's primary industry, and the Spokane Valley Mall is one of the major hubs of business in the area.
Spokane Business Park provides a business environment for companies such as L.B. Foster, Lumber Products, Purcell Systems, and Reli-On in a beautifully landscaped environment that is surrounded by lush evergreen-covered hills and scenic views of the Spokane River and Centennial Trail. The park is one of the largest business parks in the country, and is along the area's largest employers.
Spokane Valley is also home to many wineries, making it an important contributor to Washington State's status as the second-largest wine producer in the United States:
Some parks in the city of Spokane Valley are Balfour Park, Browns Park, Castle Park, Edgecliff Park, Mirabeau Point Park, Sullivan Park, Terrace View Park, and Valley Mission Park. Mirabeau Point Park, Myrtle Park and Sullivan Park are part of the Spokane Centennial Trail, which is approximately 37 miles long and borders Spokane Valley on the west. This is a paved trail and is ideal for walkers, runners, and bikers. It also offers horseback riding in designated areas.
There are also three state parks in the Spokane Valley area: Columbia Plateau Trail, Mount Spokane State Park, and Riverside State Park. These parks are open throughout the year and feature cross-country skiing, kayaking, fishing, snowshoeing, and hiking. Visitors can view many kinds of wildlife in the Spokane Valley parks, including deer, elk, ravens, quail, and hawks. For fishing enthusiasts, there are lakes and rivers teeming with bass, bluegill, bullhead, catfish, and trout.