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AM: McEuen Field Makeover Begins

A crowd of about 100 people showed up for the official ground-breaking for McEuen Field in Coeur d'Alene this morning. Major pieces of the $14.2 million makeover will be a promenade along Lake Coeur d'Alene, a grassy amphitheater, a large children's playground and summer splash pad, and new paths, parking lots, picnic shelters and restrooms. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

100 Attend McEuen Ground-Breaking

Mayor Sandi Bloem acknowledges the loud applause from the crowd as she walks to the microphone during ground-breaking ceremonies this morning. Do you see your Huckleberry Hound in the background. Also, the two women instrumental in stopping the recall effort against Mayor Bloem and three City Council members can be seen over Bloem's shoulders — Sara Meyer (holding the baby) on the left and Jennifer Drake on the right.

For those keeping score at home, about 100 people showed up at City Hall at 10 o'clock this morning for the ground-breaking ceremony at McEuen Field. Mayor Sandi Bloem and two City Council members — Mike Kennedy and Woody McEvers — were there, along with two former council members, John Bruning and Al Hassell. None of the three council members who fought the makeover every step of the way — Dan Gookin, Ron Edinger and Steve Adams — attended the event. Also, there were no protesters. Bloem was greeted by loud applause, shouts and whistles as she delivered a short statement, culminating with the statement: “This took courage, it took passion and it took endurance.” 4 piece of heavy equipment were sitting in the right field area of the old McEuen softball field No. 1 as Bloem and 10 others with shovels tossed a symbolic shovel full of dirt to launch the project that is now 27 months in the making.

Question: Does the McEuen Field ground-breaking ceremony make you happy or sad?

Adams, Gookin, Edinger Won’t Show

A groundbreaking ceremony for the first step in the McEuen Field redevelopment project will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at the lower level of the City Hall parking lot, but not everyone is saving the date. The three City Council members who have opposed the downtown park plan since the get go said Wednesday they don't plan on showing up for the celebratory event. They're not trying to show up the side of the council who supports the plan, they said, they just don't want to be a part of something they've sided against all along. “I just don't think I could stomach it. The whole thing kind of makes me ill,” said Steve Adams, who was elected in November in part because he took a firm stance against the $14 million park redevelopment project, and will be elk hunting at the time of the ceremony. “I oppose the project, I still oppose the project. I don't think I could stand there and watch the dirt movers roll. It would be gut-wrenching, heart breaking”/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Jerome A. Pollos Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Brooke Carey watches her daughter Paige Carey, 1, swing at the McEuen Field playground Wednesday)

Question: Would you want Steve Adams, Dan Gookin or Ron Edinger to appear at ground-breaking ceremonies for the future new & improved McEuen Field?

Ed Corridor Ground Breaking Friday

North Idaho College and Lake City Development Corp. have scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1-A of the Education Corridor project at 2 p.m. Friday on Hubbard Avenue, across from the wastewater treatment plant. Officials who will participate in the ceremony include representatives from the city of Coeur d'Alene, NIC, University of Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College, Fort Grounds Homeowners Association, and LCDC. The ceremony will take place after a pre-construction meeting among JUB Engineers, MDM Construction, and their subcontractors in the city's old council chambers.

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