Keep in touch with the Coeur d'Alene community at this weekend's Parks Day Celebration in City Park!
The 2015 Parks Day Celebration is a free event, being held this Saturday in collaboration with CdA's annual Kids Day in the Park. This is the 8th annual event, and the first time City Park has been featured for a Parks Day Celebration.
Events begin at 9:00a with a free pancake breakfast, and free events continue throughout the day includking kids activities, live music from Michael Morris, the Youth Marimba Band and The Alliance Band. A free hot dog lunch will be available at noon, and dinner at 5:00p.
Other activities and entertainment include a birds of prey presentation, the Sorensen Jugglers, historical tours of Forest Cemetery and a movie hosted by the Coeur d'Alene Police department at dusk.
When summer hits in full force here in Coeur d'Alene, locals and tourists alike flock to the water. For those of us with access to boats, the water became an even more inviting place with the opening of the Buoy floating food truck.
Here are the Coeur d'Alene Ironman Bike and Run maps, which show the routes of the two on-road portions of this year's race. While some streets along these routes do remain open to limited traffic, you can expect delays and traffic restrictions along these routes during the 2015 Ironman weekend. View these as a PDF by clicking the link below the images, or click the images to view larger.
Here is the Ironman Coeur d'Alene Traffic Impact guide, which lists all road closures and restrictions during the 2015 Ironman weekend. View as a PDF by clicking the link below this image, or click the image to view larger.
North Idaho isn't well known as a gardener's paradise. Long, harsh winters, early frosts in fall, heavy snowfall, late spring frosts and less than desirable soil conditions can make growing a garden challenging. With this year's unusually early spring weather, it is inevitable that many people's thoughts will turn to gardening.
The Coeur d'Alene area is largely a zone 6b area with outlying areas, primarily to the east, being Zone 6b. The immediate CdA area typically sees approximately 120-130 frost-free days and winters often reach lows between 0o to -10o Fahrenheit.
The University of Idaho offers this information about soil conditions and growing plants in Idaho's northern region. "The frost free growing season is about 90 to 150 days in the valleys and 60 to 90 days in the mountains. Soils in the region are generally slightly to very acid and range from sandy to heavy clay soils. Silt loam soils are common and poor soil drainage is often a concern. For this region, cold hardy, early ripening fruit and cool-season vegetable varieties perform best."
Despite the challenges of growing a garden in our area, it can be done very successfully with proper planning and a careful choice of the plant varieties.