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In brief: People, geese flock to Riverstone Park

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Canada geese have already discovered Coeur d’Alene’s newest public park.

A flock congregated on the northwest corner of Riverstone Park on Thursday evening, while city officials gathered in the new amphitheatre for the official dedication.

A man-made lake sculpted from a former gravel pit is the centerpiece of the 11-acre park. The lake, which features several fountains, uses water pumped from the Spokane River.

Riverstone Park also contains a play area, restrooms and a walking path around the water.

The $3.2 million park was built by SRM Development, which is behind the Riverstone development along Northwest Boulevard.

Hatch Mueller, a landscape architectural firm, designed the park.

“We spent a lot of time trying to decide what to name the park, but the city wanted to name it Riverstone, so people would know where to find it,” said John Stone, a principal in SRM Development of Spokane.

Over time, SRM Development will be reimbursed $2.8 million for the park from property taxes generated by the development. The firm agreed to pay for the park’s maintenance for three years, Stone said.

Kootenai County

Nonprofit seeks talk on land use

A new coalition focused on balancing the information provided about growth in Kootenai County is looking for members and having its first open meeting Tuesday.

Citizens for Balance is a nonprofit formed this spring by former county Planning Director Rand Wichman and other people concerned with a recent surge of neighborhood groups opposing growth and new developments. The coalition includes developers, builders, real estate agents and other residents who often have a different take on growth and development.

“The purpose of this group really is about facilitating more informed debate on land-use planning issues within Kootenai County,” said Wichman, the acting president.

He said the current process is for opposing sides to go to public hearings on planning proposals and take “pot shots.” Wichman said there’s no opportunity to gather and discuss issues.

How the group wants to do that is up to the membership.

Wichman said the group already has been unfairly labeled as pro-growth, yet he said that’s not always the case.

Local real estate agent Carrie Oja will give an overview of the mission.

The 5 p.m. meeting is in the first level meeting room at Century 21, 1221 Emma Ave., in Coeur d’Alene.

For more information, call Rand Wichman at (208) 818-6945.

Athol

Lavender crafts on display at festival

With the flower in full bloom, the Northwest Lavender Guild’s annual festival will be held this weekend near Athol.

“Lavender Fields Forever” is scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Mountains View Lavender Ranch. Owners Jan and Gary Sylte and members of the guild hold the festival to promote the use of the plant through artisan and horticultural demonstrations, and to display the beauty of its fields in bloom.

Local craftsmen and growers will sell products and demonstrate how to use lavender for gifts, crafts and decorative displays; how to propagate plants; and using it in cooking and baking.

Other artists and craftsmen, including a glassblower, members of the Watercolor Society and the Log Cabin Spinners, will demonstrate their techniques. A quilt show will showcase local works. Master gardeners and beekeepers will answer questions.

The festival will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1.

Mountains View Lavender Ranch is at 11508 E. Nunn Road, Athol. From Coeur d’Alene, go north on U.S. Highway 95 and turn east on Bunco Road. When Bunco turns north, continue east on Nunn to the ranch, which is 3 ½ miles east of Highway 95.

Information: www.northwestlavender guild.org.

Rathdrum

Parade, car show at Rathdrum Days

Rathdrum Days will kick off today and continue through Saturday evening. Activities take place around town but are concentrated on the grounds of Lakeland junior and senior high schools.

Today’s events include live music and a karaoke sing-off in the afternoon and evening.

On Saturday, a fun run, three-on-three basketball tournament and kiddie parade will be held in the morning. The main parade starts at 10 a.m., as does a classic car show. Other highlights include wiener dog races, lawn-mower races, a watermelon-eating contest and more live entertainment.

Information: www.rathdrumdays.org.

Motorcycle show to draw hundreds

Motorcycle enthusiasts will gather in Rathdrum this weekend for the North Idaho Budweiser Motorcycle Show and Sale. The three-day event at Rathdrum’s City Park includes live music, craft and food vendors, and sales of motorcycles, gear and accessories.

The event will go from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday, and will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

On Saturday, 500 to 600 Ride for Life motorcyclists will stop by on their way to Priest River as part of a ride to benefit the Cancer Society.

From staff and wire reports

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