North Idaho

Construction puts crunch on Coeur d'Alene parking

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The City of Coeur d'Alene is opening new lots to avoid a parking crunch come Memorial Day weekend, and nobody understands how important parking is in Coeur d'Alene, like Sandra Gunn, owner of Coeur d'Alene Olive Oil and Marie Widmyer, owner of Marmalade, a woman's clothing boutique.

"Coming down a one way street, the wrong way, they can't wrap their heard around how to get here," said Widmyer.

Their businesses sit right on the edge of the new construction for the McEuen Park remodel.

"You kinda have to do a round-about, you can't come directly down the street," said Gunn.

CdA paraking

With the busy summer months quickly approaching Coeur d'Alene set aside new parking lots to replace the 400 parking spaces lost due to construction. The lots are ready however signage directing traffic hasn't been put up yet.

"Yeah, signage is key. That should be up pretty quickly, yeah. Like now," said Gunn.

"You almost need it before you need it so that it trains them," said Widmyer.

The city set aside a graded parking lot near Memorial field just off Northwest Blvd. It's free and if you don't want to walk a shuttle will run every 20 minutes on busier days.

For all you boaters out there who plan to use the CDA boat launch you can still put in by the resort but then head back to Sherman Ave. From Sherman go down to 7th, 7th to front, front to 8th and then take 8th just past city hall. There is trailer parking in that lot. A small pedestrian walkway will take you right back to the boat ramp.

The city hall parking lot will also be open to the public not just trailers. That lot is also free. There is parking at Independence Point and at the North Idaho Museum however both those lots will remain pay to park. However you plan to park, these two just business owners hope you'll plan to stop in for a new outfit and some cold pressed olive oil.

"Nothing but positive energy from our corner at 4th and Front," said Gunn.

"Yeah, what are our choices?" Widmyer asked.