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Brett Backs CdA Baseball Concept

They call it the Field of Dreams, but backers of a proposed $2.7 million ballpark in east Coeur d’Alene hope to move it closer to reality in the next year. On Tuesday they pitched the concept to the city’s Parks Commission with an endorsement from Bobby Brett, owner of the Spokane Indians and Spokane Chiefs. “If you have nice facilities, people will go and spend their entertainment dollars there,” Brett told commissioners. Supporters want the city to build the facility at Cherry Hill Park using private donations, then own and operate it for baseball and other uses. Irv Zakheim, owner of the Spokane RiverHawks collegiate summer league club, wants to move his team to the new ballpark and resume play in the West Coast League for the 2014 wood-bat season. “Coeur d’Alene is a perfect city for the West Coast League,” Zakheim said. “Spokane’s too big of a town. It also has the Indians (that) we can’t compete with”/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (MillerStauffer Architects concept drawing of possible baseball diamond at Cherry Hill)

Question: What would be a good name for the proposed West Coast League team in Coeur d'Alene?

Foundation To Build Diamond, Parks

Item: Its purpose is parks: New foundation wants to bring more green space to Idaho Panhandle/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: New name, new logo and one expanded mission. Say hello to the Panhandle Parks Foundation, the nonprofit organization helping build an approximately $3 million state-of-the-art baseball stadium at Cherry Hill Park. … While the foundation contracted Jim Faucher recently at $2,500 per month for six months to facilitate fundraising with an end goal of building the ball yard, the foundation's goals stretch beyond baseball, beyond Coeur d'Alene even.

Question: Will a $3M baseball diamond on Cherry Hill satisfy the city requirement that it provide an equal or better facility before moving American Legion Baseball from McEuen Field?

City Buys 5 More Acres Of Cherry Hill

The city of Coeur d'Alene agreed Tuesday to purchase roughly 5 acres of land north of Cherry Hill Park - a site that could play home to an American Legion baseball field by 2013. Mayor Sandi Bloem split a deadlocked City Council by voting to approve the property acquisition, which passed 4 votes to 3 votes. The outcome mirrors last month's council vote not to issue a public advisory vote on McEuen Field, and could repeat itself on future issues related directly or indirectly to the downtown park's redevelopment project as each council member has stood firm on his or her stance on the divisive topic/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo of BMX racers at Cherry Hill Park)

DFO: Whether a future diamond is built on the old Eagles property or not, I consider this a superb move because it allows the city to own almost the entire hillside of Cherry Hill Park. Score one for the majority.

Question: What do you think of this move to buy 5 more acres of park land for Coeur d'Alene?

Mary Upset By Cherry Hill Purchase

Predictably, Mary Souza is upset that the Coeur d'Alene City Council is trying to move the American Legion Baseball field from the McEuen Field. Seems Mary thinks they have squatter's rights one of the most highly valued pieces of real estate on the Lake Coeur d'Alene waterfront. In her weakly newsletter, Mary does bring up one good point. The council has promised all along that the Legion wouldn't be moved until Coeur d'Alene could find a ballfield of equal value. The key here is whether or not the viewscape and location are figured in. Constructing a ballfield of equal value wouldn't be hard or that expensive. Constructing one on land as valuable as the McEuen site would be. Mary, of course, opposes the purchase of 5 acres on Cherry Hill for the ballfield. Which would be a wise move whether or not a ballfield is built there. The price tag is $550,000. Fumes Mary: “We'll see how that all turns out because the city can't afford to buy it right now; they don't have enough money in their Parks fund. The city will vote on the purchase Tuesday night.

Question: Do you support the purchase of the Cherry Hill site for possible relocation of the American Legion Baseball diamond?

CdA Mulls 5A Cherry Hill Land Buy

The city of Coeur d'Alene is considering purchasing nearly 5 acres of land east of Cherry Hill Park that could play home to a baseball complex to replace the possibly-displaced American Legion baseball diamond at McEuen Field. The city's General Services Committee this week forwarded a recommendation that the City Council pay for the $440,000, 4.8-acre parcel on 15th Street in one lump sum payment to the Coeur d'Alene Eagles, rather than in annual installments. But Councilman Steve Adams, a GSC member who made the recommendation to City Council, is unsure if he'll vote for the land purchase in the end. “If we can't pay for it all at once out of the (parks) capital improvement fund, in hindsight, I may have to vote no,” Adams said/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Jesse Tinsley SR file photo of 8YO on BMX track at Cherry Hill)

Question: Would Cherry Hill be a good place to move the American Legion Baseball diamond that is now at McEuen Field?

2nd Coeur d’Alene Dog Park In Offing

Opening activities for a second Coeur d'Alene dog park are scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday on Cherry Hill.  Approved by the Coeur d'Alene City Council, the Cherry Hill location comprises 2/3 of an acre just north of the tennis courts. It is fully fenced with an entry bull pen, small dog section, benches, a pet drinking fountain, pet waste cans, and includes shrubs and trees.  Volunteers helping with planting the new dog park included Girl Scout Troop 3003, Cub Scout Pack #210 and the LCHS Environmental Club. The dog park, Central Bark, on the edge of the North Shire subdivision, along Atlas Road, is now heavily used. More here.

Question: Have you and your dog used Central Bark or any of the region's other dog parks yet?

CdA Council To Discuss 2nd Dog Park

The Coeur d'Alene City Council will discuss a possible second dog park in Coeur d'Alene when it meets at 6 o'clock tonight. Discussions have been under way to install a second off leash dog park at Cherry Hill Park off 15th Street. The proposed site is approximately 3/4 of an acre just north of the tennis courts. The proposed dog park will be fully fenced with an entry bull pen, small dog section, benches, a pet drinking fountain, pet waste cans, and trees and shrubs among other things. Parking, rest rooms and a play ground are already in place at Cherry Hill. More from Kootenai County Dog Park Association here. H/T: Benjamin Jet Drake, via Facebook.

Question: Have you and your pet used the dog park on the edge of the North Shire subdivision, off Atlas, yet?

JohnA: Hassell Should Get Credit

JohnA: Two points about (former Mayor Steve Judy), DFO. It’s true he acquired the Cherry Hill property (with money borrowed from the Water Fund that had accrued under Mayor Hassell’s administration) but not before the City had verbally committed to property on Best Avenue (for a new fire station). Several tenants were forced to move from the commercial and residential properties before the deal fell through in favor of the Cherry Hill property. On NW Boulevard Judy did make a sweet deal with ITD, but it was only made possible because $1.5 million was left from the Street Bond issue approved during Mayor Hassell’s term.

Question: Yesterday, we talked about the worst decisions made by the Coeur d'Alene City Council in the last 30 years. How about discussing the best decisions by a mayor and council in the last three decades today?

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