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Mark your calendars for Parks Day, July 10

| June 14, 2010 9:00 PM

On Saturday, July 10, enjoy the third annual Parks Day Celebration. It will begin with a free pancake breakfast at Sunshine Meadows Park at 9 a.m.

There will also be an inflatable castle, a bicycle safety course (coordinated by Safe Kids of Kootenai County, Safe Routes to Schools, the CdA Ped/Bike Committee, and State Farm Insurance), free helmets, Art on the Edge, Bubbles the Clown, horseshoes, volleyball, tetherball, and informational booths.

Fiddlers Arvid Lundin and Dave Beach will entertain you, and the Kootenai County Dog Park Association will hold a dog contest.

In addition, there will be balloons, sack races, HAM radio demonstrations, and the CdA Rock School will hold a concert with students of all ages playing rock music.

It's all brought to you courtesy of the Coeur d'Alene Parks Department and the Coeur d'Alene Parks Foundation. Major sponsors include Copper Basin Construction, Kootenai Electric Co-op, Waste Management, Century 21, the Hagadone Corporation, and Architects West.

Parks Day originated in 2008 when the Parks Master Plan survey revealed that quite a few Coeur d'Alene citizens didn't know the locations of many of their city parks. This year, the Parks Day Celebration will feature Sunshine Meadows Park (2625 W. Larix Court) and The Landings Park (3849 W. Longmeadow Drive).

At 5 p.m., The Landings Park will be dedicated. Activities after the dedication include a free hot dog dinner cooked by the Lions Club.

In addition, there's a bicycle safety course (again coordinated by Safe Kids of Kootenai County, Safe Routes to Schools, the CdA Ped/Bike committee, and State Farm Insurance), and bicycle tune-ups.

Also present will be the Humane Society, Art on the Edge crafts, the inflatable castle, sports booths, sack races, tennis, and a splash pad.

Entertainment will be provided by Jazz Northwest and the Youth Marimba Band. A movie will be shown at dusk, and there will be free, Dutch-oven kettle corn.

For more information, please contact Katie Kosanke, 415-0415.

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