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Sat., May 25, 2013, 12:15 a.m.

Busy Summer To Meet Downtown Mess

Folks maneuver their way through the construction site for the McEuen Park renovation on Monday. The project is sure to cause congestion for upcoming events in Coeur d'Alene including Car d'Lane, Ironman Coeur d'Alene, Downtown Street Fair/Taste of the Coeur d'Alene/Art on the Green, Coeur d'Alene Triathlon and the Diamond Cup hydro races. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

This is shaping up to be one of the busiest summers in the Lake City, with the planned return of hydroplane racing over Labor Day weekend capping a full schedule of events that draw crowds from around the Inland Northwest. It also will be one of the most challenging seasons for traffic flow and parking due to major construction on the south edge of downtown. McEuen Park is being rebuilt at a cost of $20 million, and the work has closed four blocks of Front Avenue and wiped a large public parking lot off the map. It also will close the busy Third Street boat launch for the summer. And just this week downtown merchants learned the city will close several more blocks to traffic and parking for a three-week stormwater project set to begin Monday night. The work had been scheduled for July but was moved up/Scott Maben, SR. More here,

Question: Do you have a game plan to find downtown parking and attend events, like Car d'Lane and the Fourth of July Parade and fireworks, this summer?

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D.F. Oliveria
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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