Well over 700 people came out to Riverfront Park on Saturday, April 21st to support Northwest Autism Center, The ISAAC Foundation and Autism Society of Washington, Spokane – collectively the Steps for Autism Committee.
What was predicted as a windy, cool, and overcast day turned in to a balmy Spring afternoon, gracing participants with bright sunshine, light breezes, and temperatures in the 60s after 11am.
This year’s event was held at a more central location at the Forestry Shelter. The walk route took participants along the north bank of the river, headed east toward the Don Kardong Bridge, where they returned along the south bank to the pedestrian bridge from the Convention Center grounds to the park.
The route fell a bit shy of our 5K goal, but with multiple re-routes due to the Riverfront redesign project, we were happy to just be able to have the walk happen.
The location was also a great place for our vendors. Booths lined the sunny “Marmot Meadow” right next to the river (with a sturdy fence providing safety) and families were able to watch their children playing Sidewalk Games, getting their faces painted, or blowing bubbles while they browsed the services available.
This year’s walk t-shirt was a much bigger hit than expected, and a second order for shirts had to be placed! Designer Bob Parry, of Bob’s Bee Houses, is no doubt very proud to be featured.
A BIG “Thank You!” to everyone who volunteered, walked and fundraised. You were part of raising about $20K for local autism support organization.