Welch Comer was awarded the 2015 ACEC of Idaho Engineering Excellence award in the Special Projects Category for our role in the McEuen Park and Front Avenue project in Coeur d'Alene.
Quality of Life: The flurry of activity at the redeveloped McEuen Park and Front Avenue makes it difficult to imagine that a few years ago the same 22.5 acres was an underused expanse that many envisioned as a vast opportunity in the heart of downtown. The redevelopment improves quality of life by encouraging outdoor physical activity through use of sensory playground equipment, a splash pad, a 2/3 mile-long trail around the park’s perimeter, basketball and tennis/pickleball courts, a dog park, and six acres of open space. A Grand Pavilion and the Veterans’ Memorial Plaza provide space for gathering. Public art is located throughout the park, providing an aesthetic assortment for the community. Redeveloped Front Avenue slows traffic, improves pedestrian safety, and creates a unique downtown street. McEuen Park is now a community treasure offering diverse outdoor pursuits in abundant spaces deliberately designed for all.
Innovation: To create three more acres of green space, parking was relocated beneath Front Avenue requiring earthwork balancing, phasing, and utility relocation.
Sustainability: Stormwater runoff and splash pad water are stored in a 65,000 gallon tank beneath the Harbor House and reused for irrigation. Low energy lights are installed throughout the park. Of the 202 trees in the park, 40% are mature trees that were protected.
The project was completed on schedule and under budget. Construction began in spring 2013 and the entire McEuen Park was officially opened on May 24, 2014.