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Riverstone Developers Have Big Plans

Developers have big plans for the final phases of Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene, including the high-profile west entrance along Seltice Way. Here are the highlights: An arena for college sports and community events is an idea that has been kicked around for several years. It emerged again in recent months, with North Idaho College looking at possibly owning and operating the venue. The 5,000-seat arena under consideration would cost an estimated $12 million to $15 million. Riverstone developer John Stone is enthusiastic about the project as an anchor on the west end of the development. The arena would provide an economic boost in the winter months when tourism falls off, he said/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka SR photo: Rita Sims-Snyder of the Coeur d’Alene Carousel Foundation talks about plans for the vintage carousel)

Question: Other proposals for the Riverstone site include a transit center, discovery center and site for the old Coeur d'Alene carousel. Are these things you could support for Coeur d'Alene?

Dogwalk: CdA Council Doesn’t Listen

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about the possibility of a long departed carousel making a return to its home town. I'm happy to report a very generous couple has purchased it from the current owners and are already packing it for the trip. The question is where should it go. Many have suggested it be incorporated into the plans for the revitalization of McEuen Park.  When suggested the Mayor commented,  “We're not looking at buildings, per se, so I don't know if it could fit.”  My question is if the plan they were unveiling was merely a concept, why not? Her statement, knowing the council's history, suggests an already done deal.  Nothing more to be done than go through those pesky motions/Mari Meehan, Dogwalk Musings. More here.

Question: Is it too early in the planning process for McEuen Field to say that Mayor Sandi Bloem and the City Council aren't listening to suggestions (like putting the Carousel at McEuen) from the public?

Update: Carousel Returning To CdA

A beloved relic of Coeur d’Alene’s past is coming home. The carousel that spun merriment and memories on the city’s shoreline will be purchased and donated to the community by a couple in Eagle, Idaho. John and Pat Foote, who plan to spend their summers in Coeur d’Alene, have agreed to pay $250,000 for the 20-horse machine that entertained children and families at Playland Pier from the 1940s to the 1970s. John Foote, 66, a retired real estate developer, said he decided to buy the old carousel sight unseen after reading a news article about it while visiting Coeur d’Alene over the holidays. “Isn’t it more fun to see your money used for happiness rather than hoarding it? That’s what this is all about,” he said in a phone interview today. “It’s time to give back”/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Where should the city of Coeur d'Alene locate this carousel?

Letter: Bring Back CdA Carousel

On Christmas Eve I read about the 90-year-old Carousel that used to live at Playland Pier near Independence Point during the ‘40s and ‘50s. Being nearly 75 years old myself - I was in wonderment of these, when I was little. Children now, do not have the opportunity to experience the magical things we had back then. Our community needs to work hard to find the means to have this gem returned to our city. It could go to the park near the children's area or somewhere in the new McEuen field area. We can't let this opportunity pass us by. I would ride again and again/Marj Chapter, Coeur d'Alene Press (letter to the editor).

Question: Would you like to see a carousel returned to Indepedence Point or some other place on the waterfront?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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