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Parks Director Eastwood Retires

In 1978, when Doug Eastwood hired on with the city of Coeur d'Alene, there were only eight developed parks. Eastwood was a landscape gardener back then. Thirty-five years later, the now Ex-Parks Director can take pride in the city's 30 parks, totaling 587 acres, 250 acres of natural open space, more than 30 miles of trails and two cemeteries. “Over your long tenure, you have superbly led the Parks Department through an era of unprecedented growth and remarkable accomplishment,” Mayor Sandi Bloem wrote in a letter congratulating Eastwood on his retirement. “Commendably, you leave behind monumental and enduring quality of life enhancements to be enjoyed for generations.” About 60 of Eastwood's close family and friends turned out to his retirement roast on Friday afternoon at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Gabe Green Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Duog Eastwood holds his granddaughter during his retirement party at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library Friday)

Question: How would you grade the Coeur d'Alene parks system?

CPD: No Dogs Allowed In City Parks

Coeur d’Alene is the host to numerous outdoor events during the summer months. Many of the planned activities take place in the city parks. Every year animal control officers deal with complaints of citizens bringing their dogs to the parks. Citizens are reminded that dogs are not allowed in any City Parks with the exception of Tubbs Hill. Allowances have been made for users of the Centennial Trail in which dogs are allowed on the concrete portion of the Coeur d’Alene City Park. Softball, Baseball, and Soccer fields are not an exception. Owners are not allowed to bring their dogs to the playing fields. Residents who live in the area of City parks are not allowed to let their dogs use the park as an area for excrement. The 4th of July celebration in the park brings about the largest number of complaints/Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d'Alene Police Department. More here.

Question: I would like to see dogs outlawed from major community events, like the Art on the Green, Car d'Lene and the 4th of July Parade. How about you?

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