From expanded parks to another river trail, Spokane Valley's new parks director outlines his vision

Expanding Balfour Park as plans to build a new library bordering the park take shape.

Developing a 45-acre wooded property along the Spokane River, near Flora Road and Euclid Avenue, into a new park.

Progressing a newly proposed trail project along the northern part of the Spokane River.

All of those initiatives are among John Bottelli’s priorities as Spokane Valley’s new parks, recreation and facilities director.

Bottelli, who started his new position a month ago, comes into the job after working for Spokane County for approximately 13 years. The 50-year-old said the Spokane Valley job seemed like a natural next step in his career – especially since he wanted

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