North Idaho

Park renovation causes boat launch headache

Park renovation causes boat launch headache

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - For years people from all over have traveled to downtown Coeur d'Alene to enjoy everything the resort town has to offer.

Especially the arguably best feature of all, Lake Coeur d'Alene.

"I've been playing on Lake Coeur d'Alene since I was really little," said Rick Williams, Coeur d'Alene resident.

For some, the new addition of McEuen Field adds to the appeal of the area, for others it's a deterrent.

"Basically what they did was make a park out of a park," said Williams

Williams has been against the new park since the beginning, but even more so now since they took away the convenient boat parking at the third street boat launch. Now the closet spots for trailers are more than 100 yards away.

"It's more limited, it's more troublesome it's more time consuming," said Williams.

Williams also says there's fewer spots and the boat parking isn't labeled, so regular cars park in the long spaces. Meaning the only open spots remaining for boat trailers are behind city hall, even further away.

"It's going to tie up 30 minutes at least for each boat that's launched or pulled out because of the length of time it's going to take to drive through the traffic," said Williams.

Most importantly for the disabled war vet there's no handicap boat parking anywhere in the new park.

"They said there was going to be at least 10 handicapped parking spots. There's no handicapped parking spot out here next to the ramps." said Williams. 

While Williams isn't alone, opinions are mixed.

Many boaters say the addition of the short walk is worth the added foot traffic to the area.

They say on a nice summer day boat parking is hard to find anyway at the third street boat launch.

Despite the positive feedback to the area, Williams still believes, "It isn't fair in any matter for the people who live here work here and play here."