Mayor Tom Towey and Spokane Valley City Council members welcomed a group of about 40 community members on May 15 as they dedicated the city's new gateway sign at the intersection of Appleway and Thierman where drivers enter the city from eastbound Interstate 90 at the Sprague Avenue exit.
During the ceremony, Towey expressed his appreciation to Spokane County for donating the triangle of land where the sign is situated, and thanked fellow Council Member Dean Grafos for proposing the sign, as well as city staffers and contractors for their work to get it constructed.
Towey also thanked community members whose response to an online survey helped determine the design that is reflective of Spokane Valley's agricultural and architectural heritage in addition to its status as a city. Suspended between two columns of rounded river rock like that seen throughout the city on historical farm homes and other structures is the city of Spokane Valley logo.
Situated in a nicely landscaped triangle of land that was formerly an overgrown lot of weeds, the sign greets drivers entering the city from westbound I-90 at the Sprague Avenue exit, letting them know they are now in the city of Spokane Valley, a community that prides itself on its own unique identity.
The dedication was part of the city's year-long celebration of its 10th anniversary of incorporation.