West Central Spokane
The West Central neighborhood provides easy freeway access as well as close proximity to Downtown Spokane shops and restaurants, Spokane Falls Community College, the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and the Centennial Trail.
The Spokane County Courthouse, built in 1895 and located in West Central, was built in the French renaissance style and resembles a beautiful French castle.
Nettleton's Addition began in 1887 as a suburb supported by trolley car access. Some of the streetcar tracks can still be seen in this historic district. Many of the homes were built prior to 1910 and provide some of the prettiest architecture in Spokane. Nettleton's Addition, part of the larger West Central neighborhood, is the largest neighborhood in the United States to be registered on the National Registry of Historic Places.
In addition to Nettleton's District, West Central was also the home of Natatorium Park, an amusement park established in 1889. The park began with a baseball diamond, followed by a hotel, casino, swimming pool, gardens and picnic areas, rides and zoo animals. The park was in existence for 78 years, surviving two World Wars, only to be closed in 1967. Very little remains of Nat Park, as it was known by locals. The area now houses a 55+ mobile home community.
West Central saw a bit of a decline during the mid-1900's, but has recently seen revitalization due to the close proximity of the new Kendall Yards development. This upscale neighborhood borders West Central on the south side, bringing high end restaurants and spas, as well as access to the Centennial Trail, close proximity to the beautiful Spokane River and a new park.
Doyle's Ice Cream Parlor offers the West Central neighborhood homemade waffle cones, banana splits and giant ice cream shakes amidst vintage toys and signs in a cute red and white striped building on Boone Avenue. In the summer there can be a line as this is a very popular neighborhood attraction.
Batch Bakeshop offers small-batch high quality treats in a cheery atmosphere. They are known for their fresh muffins in flavors such as lemon lavender poppy seed, chocolate chip espresso, whole wheat carrot and ginger berry. They also offer sandwich cookies, whoopee pies, scones, cupcakes and cookies. Their treats can be enjoyed in their sunny yellow interior or out on their patio.
Traditional Irish food can be enjoyed at Knockaderry Irish Pub and Eatin' House. Knockaderry is locally owned and eco-friendly, turning out scratch made food such as bangers and mash, scotch eggs, Reuben sandwiches and fish and chips. Traditional Irish whiskeys are available along with a variety of beers and cocktails.
High end seafood is offered at Milford's Fish House, considered one of the best fish houses in Spokane. The interior takes you back to the luxurious 1920's, while the kitchen offers up Dungeness crab stuffed mushrooms, fresh king salmon belly and Korean shallow fry of calamari.
Charley's Grill & Spirits offers good food, karaoke and a lounge. Known for steaks and burgers, Charley's also offers affordable drinks in a comfortable atmosphere.
The West Central Community Center offers youth development programs, a learning skills center, before and after school programs, summer day camps as well as teen programs. Social services, such as WIC and Head Start, can also be accessed at the community center.
Located next to the Community Center is the AM Cannon Aquatic Center, which offers a six lane lap pool, zero depth entry into the swim pool, play features for toddlers and two water slides.
There are 2 public tennis courts also located at AM Cannon Park. Tennis players can register for free to compete against other tennis players. Flex leagues are also available for a small monthly fee. The park also has a playground and picnic area.
There are three convenience stores offered throughout the West Central neighborhood as well as easy access to several large grocery stores. For fresh produce the West Central Marketplace operates on Tuesdays from June through mid-October and offers a fun meeting place for locals. The marketplace provides fresh breads and treats from local bakeries and produce grown on land donated by neighbors in the community.
Every September, neighbors open up their porches to local musicians and poets for Porchfest, bringing together the community through music and good times.
Written by:Jennifer McCormick