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Thu., Aug. 14, 2014, 8:23 a.m.

Nic: McEuen Park Draws Locals, Too

Nic (RE: Press Poll: McEuen worth $19.6M?) I live next door to Ramsey Park and my kids use it frequently. We have also gone downtown to play at McEuen. Every time I'm at the new park, I see someone I recognize - which means I'm bumping into locals. I frequently see pictures on facebook from my local friends that they take of their kids playing on the new playground or the new splash pad. Sure, the park draws in tourists, but it draws in locals too. Which is an improvement over the old park that drew in ... um ... well? It was usually empty when I passed by.

DFO: There are two side benefits to McEuen Park that detractors overlook. Construction of the park also triggered a $1 million investment by Hagadone Corp. to build the Centennial Trail Plaza b/n the resort parking garage and the resort mall (which eliminated a traffic hazard). And McEuen has taken pressure of City Park, which isn't as heavily used as before.

Question: Do you really think the locals aren't using McEuen Park?

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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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