Handicap Trail Improvements (City of Coeur d'Alene)
Friday, January 29, 2016
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
Tubbs Hill, the Lake City’s crown jewel, is now partially handicapped accessible, thanks to visionary project spearheaded by a local man who is physically challenged. The project—initiated in the fall of 2014 and completed this spring—included leveling slopes, reducing grade, eliminating outcrops, construction of retaining walls and placement of gravel in areas prone to puddle with water during wet conditions.
Improvements to the initial 1,500 lineal feet of trail on the east side of Tubbs Hill make the nature path accessible by wheelchair. The project also included construction of small "pull-out" areas where trail users can stop and enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Coeur d’Alene. While the trail was dramatically improved, the natural ambience of Tubbs Hill was not disturbed. There was no paving involved in the project and no trees were removed.
The $50,000 project was completed without the use of any tax dollars thanks to a $29,000 grant from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and a $21,000 grant from Avista Corp.
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