Trailer parking lot causing controversy in CDA

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by Cole Heath & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 5:11 PM

COEUR D'ALENE-- Parking boat trailers close to the Third Street boat launch in Coeur d’Alene may be easier than originally planned.

The ramp is at the center of the controversial McCeun Park Renovation. The plan was to move the lot away, but that may no longer be the case.

The busy boat launch is staying put after a heated debate. It was going to be closed as part of the $14.2 million renovation the park.

The plans also include turning a trailer parking lot into a public recreation area. That would mean visitors would have to leave trailers about a quarter of a mile away from the ramp at a new lot near city hall.

That plan may soon change.

The project’s designer said the new lot could be about a block north of the ramp instead, which would be the same walking distance from where visitors park now.

Nothing is set in store for about 50 potential trailer parking spots close to the ramp, but one thing is certain.

This possible change comes after a public outcry.

“I think it’s another ploy to placate the people,” Paul Ridel, who uses the ramp, said. “I’d like to have it as close to the way it is now, and kept that way. I like it the way it is.”

Right now, the trailer parking lot change is only in early discussions. The designer said there is no timeline for these changes, and calls all of it a conceptual plan.

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