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Rathdrum Eyes Mountain For Rec Area

Rick Van Zandt, a Rathdrum business owner, right, discusses features of a map with Brett Boyer, city administrator, during a visit to the city���s property on Rathdrum Mountain. The city has plans to develop parts of mountain as a light recreation area for public use. (Shawn Gust/press)
Rick Van Zandt, a Rathdrum business owner, right, discusses features of a map with Brett Boyer, city administrator, during a visit to the city���s property on Rathdrum Mountain. The city has plans to develop parts of mountain as a light recreation area for public use. (Shawn Gust/press)

Rick Van Zandt, a Rathdrum business owner, right, discusses features of a map with Brett Boyer, city administrator, during a visit to the city’s property on Rathdrum Mountain. The city has plans to develop parts of mountain as a light recreation area for public use. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Touring the city of Rathdrum's undeveloped property on Rathdrum Mountain, Tim Skubitz soaked in the scenery. "When you're in town, you don't appreciate the beauty we have," the Lakeland Joint School District board member and owner of the Rathdrum McDonald's said. "What a jewel this is. It's quite a treat to see it." On Friday, city officials introduced the city's 557 mountain acres to community leaders, including representatives of the chamber of commerce, Rotary, business owners, planning commission and school district. The property, which is about half a mile north of the city limits, includes streams, giant cedar trees and dirt Forest Service roads. Some areas offer partial views of Rathdrum and the Rathdrum Prairie. Spring Creek on the mountain feeds into City Park year-round/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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