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Mon., April 18, 2011, 8:15 a.m.

Eagle Eye: ‘Tourist’ Isn’t A Dirty Word

Eagle Eye: In my opinion (the McEuen Field renovation), if done right, could be the biggest economic addtiion we have had to Coeur d Alene since the Resort was built. I am sorry if there are people who think that the word tourist is a dirty word. I think tourists = jobs and a better way fo life for all of Coeur d Alene. And I am all for it. (Full comment below)

Question: Do you consider "tourist" to be a dirty word?

KC and Suite, I am going to have to disagree with both of you on McEuen Park. It is a tired, old park that needs refurbishing. If this park can me developed into a destination park it will greatly increase visitors to Coeur d Alene which will mean more dollars spent in town which will translate into more jobs and increased sales tax revenue . All of which we desparately need.

And this park will be for tourists as well as locals to enjoy.

We have seen a dramatic drop in tourism due to the economy and because the competition for tourism dollars is so great we need a new attraction. This park plan will replace a ton of blacktop space with usable space for all. As far as a water feature goes, yes the lake is there but most people dont have access to a boat to get out on it. Suite, you are familar with the way Hagadone operates and he always wants whatever project he has to have a “sizzle” item. The floating boardwalk, the floating green, the glass bottom pool in the Hagadone Suite.etc. An awesome water feature would attract people from all over. It would be the sizzle feature of the park. People love water features.

In my opinion this park, if done right, could be the biggest economic addtiion we have had to Coeur d Alene since the Resort was built. I am sorry if there are people who think that the word tourist is a dirty word. I think tourists=jobs and a better way fo life for all of Coeur d Alene. And I am all for it.




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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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