What it all comes down to: a scenic park versus a recreation park, and the cost to taxpayers.
It is crucial for taxpayers, when asked to sign a petition – either for or against – that the first question should be the cost.
Originally, the Coeur d’Alene City Council, after listening to protests against, voted 5-1 (Ron Edinger opposed) to spend $39 million for a remake of McEuen Field. (The $14.2 million now passed by the council is only the first phase.)
Of equal importance to cost is what is best for everyone: a scenic park or a recreational park (as it is now) that encourages kids, elders and families to get off the couch, stop playing computer games and lose pounds.
A great tennis court, added to the kids’ and American Legion ball field that leads up to hiking on Tubbs Hill, would rate a 5-star in Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho.
Lillian Moore Lind