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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Central Bark is for sale.

The 1.8-acre dog park, adjacent to the city of Coeur d'Alene's Northshire Park at the intersection of Atlas and Nez Perce roads, is part of a 10-acre property the school district put up for bid this week.

"I'm certainly disappointed. That's one of the most popular dog parks we have," said Bob MacDonald, chair of the Kootenai County Dog Park Association.

Central Bark, opened in 2010, is Coeur d'Alene's first dog park. It was developed through a partnership with the volunteer dog park association, the city of Coeur d'Alene and the Coeur d'Alene School District.

"I'd hate to lose it. I'd hope we would come up with some other options," MacDonald said. "Certainly, we'll have a lot of upset dog owners if we lose our park there."

The dog park was built through the fundraising efforts of the dog park association.

The school district agreed to a no-cost lease agreement with the city, with the city taking responsibility for zoning, regulations and maintenance of the property.

During the planning of the agreement in 2009, school officials said it would be a temporary agreement for two or three years.

"It was with the express understanding that the school district could need the property at any time," said Wendell Wardell, the school district's chief operations officer.

The school district is accepting sealed bids on the property until Nov. 13.

Coeur d'Alene school trustees approved the sale of the Northshire land during their Oct. 15 meeting. They also approved putting the school district's portion of Person Field, a downtown sports field, up for bid as well. School trustees pulled the field back from the sealed bid process after Coeur d'Alene City Council members, during their Oct. 16 meeting, requested additional time to come up with a plan that will allow the city to acquire the school district's portion of the field. The city has until Dec. 19, after that the school district will likely put Person Field back on the auction block.

Wardell said the school district offered the Northshire property to the city at the same time Person Field was offered, and moved forward with the sealed bid sale after city staff members told school staff members that they weren't interested in acquiring the land.

Doug Eastwood, the city's parks director, told The Press Tuesday that he told school officials the city was interested, but didn't have the money to buy the land.

"The school district was not interested in doing terms with us," Eastwood said.

Wardell said he was surprised to hear of the city's interest in the land. He said he and Superintendent Hazel Bauman, Associate Superintendent Matt Handelman, district Maintenance Director Bryan Martin and the school district's legal counsel met with city staff members on Oct. 10. At that time, Wardell said they were told the city didn't want the property.

"They could have said something during that city council meeting," Wardell said. "The trustees could have added that into their motion to give the city more time on Person Field.

"We took the fact that they focused on Person, that that's where their only interest was."

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  • my own opinion posted at 5:58 pm on Sun, Nov 4, 2012.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    Go and read about genetics. Dogs are not people but they can be loved members of a family, but they are not people.

  • charliek60 posted at 5:21 pm on Sun, Nov 4, 2012.

    charliek60 Posts: 204

    Dogs are people too.

  • Golden Rule posted at 2:24 pm on Sun, Nov 4, 2012.

    Golden Rule Posts: 27

    Charlie: you were in on the dog park project so you know from the beginning it was a temporary dog park, good until the school district decided they needed the land (or in this case, needed the money for the land). You also know that the Northshire dog park was built so that the amenities, including the memorials for the dogs and people, could be moved to another dog park. There is already another dog park on Cherry Hill and hopefully, there will be city land for a large dog park like Atlas available to take the place of the Northshire Park. And yes, there will be a dog park downtown.

    If you decide to take your dog where you want, when you want off leash, then you are jeopardizing your dog's safety. The purpose of a fenced off leash dog park is so your pet can run free, play with other dogs, socialize with other people in a SAFE fenced in area.

  • my own opinion posted at 7:49 am on Sun, Nov 4, 2012.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    well bit by the dog anyway, but some owners might bite.

  • my own opinion posted at 7:48 am on Sun, Nov 4, 2012.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    "This is a tourist area and people can't bring their furry friends with them anywhere".

    ( Boo Hoo do you follow the rules)? Some people live here and have to walk in you're dogs poo! Do you bag up the poo after your dog goes? Every owner should bag up the poo after their dog goes poo! like you can not tell the obvious way he/she (the dog) is squatting that your dog is indeed going poo and you need to pick it up or don't have a dog at all! Is the dog park full of poo and they want to close it because it stinks? Oh and I have seen a lot of dogs that should be on a leash and wearing a muzzle If I get bit in a public place by a dog owner who let his dog run and no muzzle I will sue you for your last pair of underwear! follow the rules it is that simple! and keep your dog out of the grocery store too!

  • charliek60 posted at 7:33 pm on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    charliek60 Posts: 204

    Are you kidding? What about all the people who donated money for this project? How about the memorials for our dogs. Whats next raise 67 k for the new dog park down town which is about 1/5 the sq ft and 4x the cost of central bark . Is every one out to lunch. Man . Something is really wrong with this picture.

    Take your dogs where you want ,when you want and bring the dog police on.

    Looks like dog , smells like dog , tastes like dog , good thing we don't step in it. Let's go eat. Cheech and Chong 1970's Lighten up folks . Crisis What Crisis? Supertramp

  • rationaldiscussionplz posted at 5:17 pm on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    rationaldiscussionplz Posts: 266

    Coeur d'Alene was declared Dog Town USA.

    Dogs should absolutely not be allowed in parks other than the dog parks. At least not until the majority of dog owners learn to take responsibility. I regularly use Bluegrass park, and almost every time I'm there, someone is violating the "no dog" rule, even though there's a dog park right up the road. Worse, I have seen--and yes, accidentally stepped in--dog feces multiple times while using the park. It's disgusting. I have seen the same thing at Phippeny and to a lesser degree at Landings. Once people prove to be responsible dog owners, they can be allowed in regular parks. Until then, Coeur d'Alene really needs to step up enforcement.

  • Walkabout posted at 2:10 pm on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    Walkabout Posts: 11

    Coeur d’Alene is very restrictive because many dog owners do not pick up after their animals. They think it is normal to leave huge dog bombs on beautiful green grass, sidewalks, and the trails of Tubbs Hill. When they start learning to pick up maybe then there will be a small strip of grass that dogs are actually allowed to be on.

  • Glock22 posted at 1:35 pm on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    Glock22 Posts: 1

    Why don't we do the normal thing and open the parks to allow dogs everywhere!! I have never been in such an uptight town in regards to dogs. This is a tourist area and people can't bring their furry friends with them anywhere. Do you realize that we are following laws that were established in the 50's and 60's. It is because those in charge don't want to run the risk of "dog bites". I asked how many "dog bites" has the city had? The response was "well none". Really!!?? That's like saying we can't drive cars because there is the chance we might have a car wreck. True at first, until people realize that they have to be responsible with their dogs, like they are with their cars. Besides just because they are let into the parks doesn't mean that they don't have to have leashes. Right now people don't have to be responsible with their animals, because they can't take them anywhere. It is wrong to control every aspect of everything, lighten up, see what happens and then you can restrict things if you need to.

  • LTRLTR posted at 8:41 pm on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Very sounds like the Governer Otter and his wife asked for big donations from the NYC Mayor and other wealthy people to help promote Props. 1,2, and 3. This is crazy stuff.

  • mister d posted at 6:24 pm on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Why doesn't the Press print both sides of the news instead of just Hagadone's agenda. Turns out Hagadone is one of the big donors that tried to hide their names in the phony "charity" that is promoting Props 1,2,3. That must be why the paper did not report that the computers are leased, not purchased and when the lease is up we have nothing but a $180 MILLION bill.. I guess the Spokesman Review is where Idaho resident can get both sides of the news. This paper disgusts me - no wonder it's dying.

  • LTRLTR posted at 5:07 pm on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    I agree with you concernedcitizen. Mr. Hamilton continues giving 200%. He is a top-notch volunteer!

  • concernedcitizen posted at 1:15 pm on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    There you have if folks. A TRUE selfless trustee explaining things directly to his constituents.

    Thank you Mr. Hamilton for being open and honest.

  • paineite posted at 1:14 pm on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    paineite Posts: 22

    YAY!! Fire-sale at the school district !! The board makes good on the support of developer and real-estate buddies!! Whoopie!!!

  • TomHamilton posted at 12:27 pm on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    TomHamilton Posts: 72

    It should be noted that Superintendent Bauman, myself and Trustee Seddon all attended and spoke at the City Council meeting where Person Field was discussed. A number of representatives from the city were also there and although it was noted several times that the Northshire property was also be disposed of by the district, no one from the city spoke of any interest in that property. Mr. Wardell is exactly correct in his statement that had the City Council asked for time to consider Northshire (as they did with Person Field) the Board more than likely would have seen fit to honor that request.

  • TomKatt posted at 11:03 am on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    TomKatt Posts: 125

    Good idea "imisscda", but better yet, ban dawgs from all of Kootenai County, since their irresponsible owners can not/will not keep them quiet,

  • imisscda posted at 10:19 am on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    imisscda Posts: 111

    Dogs should not be summarily banned from all parks not marked "Dog Park".

  • ancientemplar posted at 7:27 am on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1287

    Randy, anyone that has been around a while knows Eastwood is the "real " mayor. He has all the power. To answer your question, yes.

  • voxpop posted at 6:07 am on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    In my eternal naivete I'm always surprised at the ease with which politicians and simple-servants lie, as if whatever comes out of their mouth automatically is converted to truth by divine intervention. There may be honor among thieves but certainly not city employees.

    To read about other lies, damm lies, and political fabrication read this story about how the taxpayer is getting shafted by the govt in Boise:

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