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McEuen Park work passes halfway point

Public open house is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - City workers here are gearing up for a public open house event on the east side of McEuen Park to be held a week from Saturday on Oct. 12.

City staff briefed the Coeur d'Alene City Council Tuesday night on the status of the McEuen Park makeover.

Dennis Grant, engineering project manager, said the contractors are a little more than halfway through the budget and allotted days for construction.

Of the $15 million budget about $8.9 million or 57 percent has been spent. Likewise 52 percent, or 194 days, of the contracted days of work have passed. Overall, he said the project is on track.

"Nov. 19th is the next key date to keep a watch on to open up Front Street," he said. "The contractor is doing a good job."

As for the park itself, Grant said the basketball courts are complete, the tennis courts are nearly completed and the Splash pad work is underway.

"If you take that walk down the base of Tubbs Hill you can get a great view of the basketball court, the tennis courts and the splash pad," he said.

The kids park is close to complete, Grant said. The fake Astroturf style grass is in, and the hydro-seeding is down on the east side of the park.

"I'm guessing in a week and a half or so you will see a little stubble of grass coming up there. "We have had plenty of rain, so we are waiting for some sun to pop that seed out, and I'm hoping that'll happen in the next week or so."

The east side of the park is what the city plans to open for a public viewing on Oct. 12, from 2 to 6 p.m.

"What that means is we are not opening the structure for play, we just want to make sure that is clear," said City Administrator Wendy Gabriel. "What we are doing is essentially a walk-through, so you can walk through and get a feel for what it is like and actually look at what's going on in the park."

Gabriel said people who are planning to go should make sure to wear closed-toe shoes and explained that parts of the park will be fenced off in the dangerous areas.

After touring the park, residents are invited to check out four marquettes - or small-scale models - of public art that will be permanently displayed in the park.

"If people want to do the walk-through, they can get a good idea of where the piece will be located," said Steve Anthony, recreation director for the city, who also is the liaison to the City Arts Commission.

The marquettes are located in the upper level of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library, and the public is encouraged to vote for their preference on what they would like to see.

On the west end of the park, the Third Street Boat Launch was opened on schedule Tuesday, Grant said.

"If you are a boat owner, you can start taking your boat out probably anytime now," he said, adding that some might want to wait until they get that surface a little harder but things should be fine today.

"I heard that the Blackwell Island boat ramp closed (Tuesday) because of the government shutdown," Grant said, adding the Third Street ramp may see more pressure.

He said work will continue this week to complete all of the major concrete work.

All of the concrete work has been completed on the parking garage. The bridge deck coming down Fourth Street will be poured on Friday, which will complete all of the major concrete work for the project, he said.

"We still have a minor pour with the sundial," Grant said, adding that amenity was added back to the park plans.

The pavilion walls are starting to go up, and the overlook near the Third Street boat ramp area is just getting started.

Paving won't start on the boat ramp area until the end of October or early November, he said.

Demolition of Fifth Street between Sherman and Front will begin on Monday and Fourth Street demolition between Sherman and Front will begin a week later.

"I will be going down to talk with businesses in that area (today)," Grant said.

He said the Fourth Street demolition may involve a brief disruption in water service in that area. He said those projects will include new sidewalks, curbs and paving and they are planning to finish those projects to coincide with the opening of Front Street.

Councilman Dan Gookin asked Grant when the Front Avenue and Seventh Street intersection would re-open.

Grant said the contractor is preparing the road for paving as soon as Friday. They are going to pave in front of the parking garage first, and then pave all the way up to Sixth Street and a section of Sixth between Sherman and Front and the intersection.

"When it actually gets done will be weather dependent," he said, adding he hopes it will be completed by Friday or Saturday.

Either way, it will be complete before the open house event, he added.

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8 comments:

  • CDAforALL posted at 1:30 am on Sat, Oct 5, 2013.

    CDAforALL Posts: 249

    I don't know what you mean by S/N

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 8:05 am on Fri, Oct 4, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Wolfeyes: Woody's comment is only truthful for the city hall insiders. The community was not made aware of those plans until late in the game which makes his comment misleading.

     
  • Fly in the ointment posted at 11:26 pm on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Fly in the ointment Posts: 606

    "...I would like to hear what the candidates have to say about the park's conclusion..."

    I like this S/N...quit encouraging me.


    Please.

     
  • CDAforALL posted at 2:44 pm on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    CDAforALL Posts: 249

    That is correct. The park project is suppose to wrap up in May of 2014. Instead of numerous questions about the polarization of this town on the dead issue of a public vote, I would like to hear what the candidates have to say about the park's conclusion. Since it will be in their charge for 4-5 months, I would think that is a legitimate question to ask? With everyone talking about transparency and oversight....let's see some!

     
  • Wolfeyes posted at 10:44 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Wolfeyes Posts: 85

    Last night Woody mentioned that this has been in the works since 1997. That it has been paid for. Well if that is the case, then why do they not have a separate account going back to 1997 that has monies added each year to pay for McQuen? And where is the money? Last I heard, LCDC was borrowing the money to help pay for this park. Doesn't seem like good government that if you plan to do something that far in advance, about 16 years and not have planned how to pay for it. This just the beginning of the costs. Hold on to your seats. What's next? Four corners? Memorial Field? The stadium/event center? Do you still think the new move forward group, backed by Kennedy and Goodlander represent the citizens of this city?

     
  • Spikey posted at 8:31 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Spikey Posts: 387

    cdaforall...just what do you expect them to do? They don't take office until Jan.

     
  • Intrepid posted at 6:44 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    Intrepid Posts: 1057

    Now I get the choice for the plastic rainbow bridge art piece. It was chosen to compliment the fake plastic astroturf. Nothing screams North Idaho like plastic outdoor products. They're just so homey, warm and welcoming. I'm tearing up just thinking about it.

     
  • CDAforALL posted at 1:55 am on Thu, Oct 3, 2013.

    CDAforALL Posts: 249

    And zero of the hopeful council members of mayoral hopefuls are asked about what they will do to make sure it stays on budget. ZERO.

     
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