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Pedestrian bridges stretch over Spokane Falls

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Accessibility in Spokane
Accessibility Information for General Assembly 2019 in Spokane, WA
General Assembly

2019 Accessibility Information for Spokane, Washington

The Spokane Convention Center is an attractive, LEED certified* facility located in downtown Spokane. It is connected to the Davenport Grand Hotel and the Doubletree Hotel. All public areas within the Center are ADA accessible. The center features accessible parking, automatic entrance doors, wheelchair accessible elevators, and accessible restrooms. There is natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows, which look out over the Spokane River.

*More about the LEED certification (PDF)

Housing

If an accessible room is needed, use the General Assembly Housing Reservation System. Select the Attendee ADA Accessible from the drop-down list of guest type and the reservation system will filter for hotels with ADA rooms available. Room details are provided.​

Most of the hotels are adjacent to the convention center. One is across the river, accessible through a park. University dorm housing is not available in 2019. (Google map). 

Doubletree by Hilton Registration has an accessible counter. There are three elevators; not very deep so may have to drive a scooter in at an angle. Restaurant has two levels, with a buffet section. Wait staff would be happy to assist guest if needed at buffet. Coffee kiosk in lobby. Engineering would be happy to move furniture for optimal access to electric outlet for charging scooters. Hotel boasts “ADA kits” that can customize a guest room with flash for door/phone, vibration phone, and raised toilet seats. All rooms have a small fridge and microwave. Pool is accessible with a lift. The entrance to the convention center adjacent to the hotel’s circular drive is NOT accessible (stairs), so you have to use the inside connector or go to corner and enter at Point Lobby, or back side at Riverside Park.

Centennial Hotel Located behind the convention center, across the river. Path connects the two; some hills. “500 steps away." This hotel is run by Davenport. Has East, West and Tower Wings, currently under renovation. Bar/restaurant accessible only at the end of the lobby. Not all sitting areas in lobby are accessible. Hotel shuttle is not accessible; would rent an accessible van.

The Davenport Grand Hotel Registration has low area on corners for accessibility. Coffee shop and restaurant are accessible. Guestrooms have pump soaps/shampoos; in ADA rooms they’re at adequate height. Outlets are only at desk and bedside tables, no wall outlets in concrete walls. Engineering can help create space for charging scooters. Elevator requires room key to access guest room floors; may be difficult for someone to reach if they’re in their scooter, unless they back into elevator or traveling with someone who can assist.

Convention Center

General Assembly 2019 will take place at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201. Google map. The Convention Center is a long, sprawling campus made up of multiple buildings along the Spokane River and Riverfront Park. Much of the Center has natural light pouring in. The original building is less accessible than the newer building. Connectors are on the second level connecting the Doubletree Hotel (that sits in the middle of the campus) and the Davenport Grand Hotel located across the street. See interactive floorplans.

General Assembly will be housed in both the old and new buildings. Access from street level is all along West Spokane Falls Blvd and on the back side along Riverside Park. Each bank of doors has at least one push button door opener (marked with universal wheelchair sign in new building; none of the doors in old building are labeled).  Access from the Doubletree and Davenport Grand is available on second level. The Convention Center controls the entrances from hotels and has agreed to keep connecting doors open during GA hours.

General session, main events and worship services will be in Halls B/C and Exhibits in Hall A. Registration and credentialing will be located in Riverside Lobby just outside of the Halls on the second level.

There is no dedicated First Aid station in the Convention Center.  Two show offices will be designated as First Aid stations, one in each wing of the Convention Center.

Elevators are average size and will accommodate one, maybe two people using wheelchairs/scooters. We are negotiating the use of a freight elevator during all of General Sessions and events in Hall B/C. There are NO escalators in the old building so elevators will be in high demand for those who can’t use stairs.

Throughout the convention center there are comfortable couches and chairs to visit, rest and relax as well as tables and chairs to eat at.

Restrooms are easy to find and vary in degree of accessibility. A few have the large stall first making access easier; others have large stall last. Check at Accessibility Services for best rated bathrooms! There are family/assist bathrooms throughout the facility and will be designated as gender neutral restrooms.

Cell phone reception is adequate throughout the convention center. 

Convention Center Vicinity

Curb cuts are at each major intersection. Crossing signals are present and there are NO signal chirps. 

Sidewalks are wide and flat. GA Local Information committee  is committed to conducting a thorough inventory looking at accessible restaurants.

Transportation

Spokane has bus transportation in convention center and surrounding business area. All buses are accessible. Also available is a Para-Transit system for people unable to access the bus. You can find out more from the Spokane Transit Authority. There is no light rail system.

Spokane International Airport is a relatively small airport and easily navigable. If you need mobility assistance, make arrangements with your airline.

Taxis/Shuttle: There are several cab companies and Uber that service the airport and surrounding area. Fares are approximately $25 to downtown/hotel area. Hotels offer shuttles for approximately $25. None of our GA block hotels have accessible shuttles but say they will rent an accessible van to pick you up. Same rates apply. Reservations are required for the shuttle; call your hotel to make arrangements.

 

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For more information contact gahousing@uua.org.