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Gookin Opposes CdA Collegiate Team

On a 5-1 vote Tuesday, with Councilman Dan Gookin dissenting, the Coeur d'Alene City Council supported possible location of a West Coast League team at Cherry Hill Park. Here's a draft of that discussion: “Councilman Kennedy introduced the item as discussed at the General Services Committee meeting.  Councilman Kennedy explained that the General Services Committee is recommending City Council endorse the concept of allowing a West Coast Collegiate Team to locate in Coeur d'Alene in 2014 as the anchor tenant for the Cherry Hill Sports Complex.  Henoted from the staff report that the Parks Department and other interested baseball enthusiasts have been proposing a new baseball field in Coeur d'Alene for approximately 12 years.Councilman Kennedy said the request is to adopt the concept of bringing a West Coast League Team to Coeur d'Alene. Fee structures, management, and uses would be worked out over the next several months including routine maintenance and capital improvements. The estimated cost of the facility is $2,700,000 and those funds are being raised privately.  The Panhandle Parks Foundation is taking on the fund raising and all funds are going to that organization.”

Question: I'm trying to figure out why Gookin would oppose a project like this when the money is going to be raised privately. What do you think?

$3M Ballfield Planned For Cherry Hill

After hibernating for a few years, the Spokane RiverHawks want to wake up and migrate to Coeur d'Alene. What's drawing the collegiate summer league baseball club - and the difference between years past when the team made similar claims - is the proposed $3 million state-of-the-art baseball complex at Cherry Hill Park. The complex would give the organization a permanent home. Local organizers behind the baseball proposal say the stadium is on track to be ready for games by summer 2014. And discussions with the RiverHawks and West Coast League representatives - the wooden-bat league in which the team plays - about landing the franchise in the Lake City are moving at the same fastball's pace/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Illustration: Coeur d'Alene Press)

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