The Lake Spokane Parks and Recreation District (LSPRD) was authorized by Stevens County Commissioners and District No. 1 and voters on November 4, 2008. In 2009, the Lake Spokane Parks and Recreation District was established and encompasses the same jurisdictional boundaries as the Stevens County portion of the Nine Mile Falls Unified School District. This was the first county parks and recreation district established in Stevens County.
In June of 2011, the Lake Spokane Parks and Recreation District (LSPRD) received a 50-year lease for 40 acres from the Washington Department of Natural Resource (DNR). This property is called Tall Pines Park and now has a gravel surfaced road and parking area generously funded with approximately $15,000 of .09 funds from Stevens County in 2012 and 2013. The project was completed in 2014 with the budget allocations provided.
The State of Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has significant holdings in Stevens County and their holdings constitute some of the major public land in southern Stevens County. Through DNR’s Trust Land Transfer Program approximately fifty acres of DNR land was approved for transfer to the Lake Spokane Parks and Recreation District (LSPRD), by the DNR Board of Commissioners on March 10, 2015. This parcel includes a recreation access easement located about one mile south of State Route 291 and is directly south of the junction of Villier and Sundance Roads.
This wonderful 50-acre park property offers some of the best public viewing spots to overlook Lake Spokane (Long Lake). Currently, there is no access to the park other than a temporary road used for the recent logging of the property by DNR. Access to the park is by foot only, as a parking area and road have not been developed. The property has been logged in the past by DNR and can generally be described as undeveloped forest land with low value standing timber and associated vegetation of the Interior Ponderosa Pine forest type. In 2016, volunteers placed a picnic table and two park benches.