The city of Spokane now has a new flag, which replaces an old design the city has used since the 1970s.
The flag was designed by Derek Landers, who is co-founder of Spokane Print and Publishing Studio and a lifelong Spokane resident. The flag has a sun in the top left corner, a river running through it diagonally and strip of lush green.
According to the city’s announcement, the sun represents the Salish meaning of Spokane, Children of the Sun. The river is to draw attention to the city’s water, and the falls, and the green represents the land.
The design was chosen out of 400 submitted by community members, and artists from around the country. The city began the process of choosing a new flag in 2019, after a proposal brought forward by City Councilwoman Kate Burke.
The flag replaces an Expo era design from the 1970s that has similar elements, but was criticized for being dated and cluttered.