McEuen Park Downtown
McEuen Park Downtown

Where is McEuen Park? Downtown Coeur d’Alene

McEuen Park is centrally located in Downtown Coeur d’Alene (often called Cd’A.) McEuen Park offers picturesque views of Lake Coeur d’Alene and its neighboring public park, Tubbs Hill, which can be seen – from the ground, at the base, at the top, and from above with an aerial view. The park offers acres of green, manicured grass for all to enjoy, a large modern playground, and a big splash pad for the kids in the summertime. It is even adjacent to the local city library, a bonus for any reader. Here are a few additional reasons why we consider McEuen a great park to visit and what keeps us returning to spend more quality time outdoors.

Big Playground & Splash Pad

A flat concrete surface with various water jets, sprinklers, foundations, and other fun and interactive water features is installed into the ground. This splash pad is popular in the summer, as it is one of the biggest in the area, and next to it is a great big playground and picnic benches with ample shade, with aged trees left from earlier McEuen Park days. The park has been a great hit since it was renovated back in 2014.

Tubbs Hill Hiking Trails

While not officially part of McEuen Park, it’s certainly worthwhile to include its neighboring park, Tubbs Hill, amidst the tall pine trees and abundant native wildlife. It is a truly enchanting experience that immerses you in the heart of nature! As you embark on the trail, the earthy scent of pine needles often fills the air. The soft crunch of fallen pine needles beneath your feet provides a natural soundtrack as you explore the winding trails. Additionally, If you keep your ears open, you may hear local woodpeckers at work. If you’re lucky, you might spot deer or the occasional squirrel. Some have also been lucky to catch the occasional glimpse of a bald eagle soaring above the treetops! But most certainly, If you keep your eyes out and ears open, you’ll spot many birds native to the area.

The trail’s natural beauty is accentuated by occasional openings revealing breathtaking Lake Coeur d’Alene vistas and the surrounding mountains. The scenic viewpoints offer moments of awe and serenity, encouraging hikers to pause, breathe in the air, and enjoy the surrounding scenic beauty. Tubbs Hill in Coeur d’Alene has an elevation of approx 2,195 feet (669 meters) above sea level. The trails to the top are approachable for many and offer great views of the city and lake.

Tubbs Hill hiking trail in the winter time

Quick Bites at The Bouy

Or at neighboring local restaurants… the downtown area neighboring McEuen Park offers many local, unique restaurants and sweet treat shops. But if you’re not looking to leave the park, turn to The Bouy, a concession-style restaurant overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene. They offer classics like burgers, chicken sandwiches, tacos, fish, and beer. However, they’re a seasonal restaurant that does not offer indoor seating, so be sure to check The Bouy website for up-to-date information about their menu and hours.

The Dog Park

Imagine a charming dog park in downtown Cd’A, with lots of shade provided because it’s at the base of a big hill. Or experience it for yourself and let a furry companion be the real judge. This centrally located park is specifically designed to cater to the needs of dogs, offering a safe and engaging community environment for play and socialization. There’s adequate space to run about, several benches for their humans, and enclosed fencing with an easy-in-out double gate.

Special Events in McEuen Year-Round

McEuen is central to many seasonal events great for the whole family. In winter, an ice rink is attached to the Avista Pavilion from November through January. It’s called Coeur d’Alene On Ice, and a local credit union presents it. In the summertime, Live After 5 offers free local concerts annually in the park from mid-June through early September. They’re for all ages and feature local and traveling artists. The Coeur d’Alene Marathon and Brewfest, to name a few more.

Visiting McEuen?

The park offers ample parking in the downtown area, with a quasi-garage style parking lot offering easy access from many downtown streets and, for all of us pedestrians, access to downtown shops and restaurants with elevators and staircases to and from the lower garage to upper Front Street. McEuen Park is certainly a hub for spending time in downtown Coeur d’Alene and a great starting point for spending any time in the area. Consider checking out our growing collection to discover more things to do in Downtown Coeur d’Alene.