McEuen Park opens after months of construction

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Updated Saturday, May 3 at 11:00 AM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Parts of McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene opened Friday to the public after months of construction and controversy.

The park is costing the City more than$20 million but the City’s checkbook was not the only ones affected by the makeover.

KREM 2 On Your Side checked in with the city about the cost and they said that the park is finishing on time and on budget. KREM 2 News wanted to know if that was the only cost.

The project spawned a recall effort against former mayor, Sandi Bloem and three city council members.  Defending the recall did not cost the city any money but Bloem told 2 On Your Side  that it did result in lost time.

The most glaring cost was done to some local businesses.

“This is probably the biggest hit the business has had in 30 years,” said Wigget’s Antique Marketplace owner, Johnny Berry.

In 2013, owners of Wigget’s Antique Shop said that the McEuen remodel cost them thousands of dollars in lost sales. They said construction brought car and foot traffic to a halt.

KREM 2 On your Side spoke to other businesses near the park Friday. They did not say the park’s construction cost them customers. They did say they expect business to increase now that the park is open.

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