Coeur d'Alene commemorates 'Freedom Tree'

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by DANIELLE GRANT & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 5:00 AM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- The City of Coeur d'Alene is looking for a way to commemorate a decades old icon.

The tree, a Norway Spruce, has symbolized bravery and courage of local veterans. Now the 'Freedom
Tree' will be chopped down to make way for a parking structure near the new McEuen Field.

Many wanted the tree to be replanted somewhere else, but designers say the cost would be way to high.

The city wants to preserve about 30 feet of the tree's base to possibly making benches to put around the new park or chainsaw artwork on 7 to 8 feet of the base. They are asking for the public's ideas.

A new Veteran's Memorial will be part of the park and a new spruce will symbolize the same freedom it had for the past 5 decades.

The tree is expected to be cut down in about a month once a contractor is signed.

The majority of the project is expected to be done by March of next year.

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