Those in attendance at an overflow meeting January 6th saw an impressive presentation of how the venerable McEuen Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene could be transformed. Under preliminary plans, the current park’s boat launch, baseball fields, and parking lot would be eliminated and replaced by a plaza, gardens, water features, and a range of new amenities.
Although we have serious concerns with the proposal’s approach to parking, and we have serious concerns with the proposal’s approach to Tubbs Hill, we are in general agreement that McEuen Park is an extraordinary location with truly great potential, and we do think a world class design should go in this important location.
Join us at the January 20th KEA Noon Meeting at the Iron Horse Restaurant in downtown Coeur d’Alene, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Doug Eastwood, Parks Director for the City of Coeur d’Alene, and other McEuen Park Steering Committee members will present on the proposed plans for this park.
The fact than nearly 600 people turned out on a cold January night to consider plans for a city park, shows the value to the community. The details are extremely important, and costs are very much a concern, but this opportunity should not be lost to the nattering of naysayers and defenders of the status quo.
The City has asked for public comment, and they are getting boat loads of it. Make sure your voice is among those it will consider. A simple and easy survey is on the Team McEuen website – click over there and give your opinions.