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City Beach has wheelchair access

City of Coeur d’Alene Parks Department workers Toby Council, left, and Jarrod O’Dell install solar-powered lights on the edges of a new handicap-accessible boardwalk at the city beach near Independence Point Monday during their shift. (Shawn Gust / Coeur d'Alene Press)
City of Coeur d’Alene Parks Department workers Toby Council, left, and Jarrod O’Dell install solar-powered lights on the edges of a new handicap-accessible boardwalk at the city beach near Independence Point Monday during their shift. (Shawn Gust / Coeur d'Alene Press)

A wheelchair to the beach? Down to the shoreline? Yes, actually, at City Beach. Such access had been requested over the years in Coeur d'Alene, and it finally became a reality Monday. "We never really had a plan for how we were going to do it," Parks and Recreation Director Steve Anthony said Monday. But he found a plan, and it's one that was endorsed by the Disability Action Center. The portable, lighted, L-shaped pathway can be adjusted for water levels. The pathway stretches 60 feet down toward the water from the sidewalk and runs for 80 feet along the shoreline. "The freedom that gives is just enormous," said Virgil Edwards, Disability Action Center's independent living trainer/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.




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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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