COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho.--The unseasonable mild winter weather is helping to keep the multi-million dollar facelift for McEuen Park on track.
City officials said they expect a May opening.
Construction crews at McEuen Park said it feels in spring in January. They said the weather has allowed them to do some work that would normally not be doable during the winter.
Some of the work includes landscaping, which would not be easy if the ground was frozen.
Crews installed stairwells along Front Avenue in mid January. They also were working on the Promenade and the Harbor House.
"If we had a foot, even 1 or 2 feet of snow, we'd probably be shut down. So we're really fortunate this winter that the contractor can continue working,” said McEuen Park project manager Dennis Grant.
Grant said construction on the park should be completed by May. The City hopes to open the park on May 2, 2014.
The contractor will have to pay a fine for each day that the construction goes past the agreed upon date if it is not finished in time.