The City of Coeur d'Alene is opening new lots to avoid a parking crunch come Memorial Day weekend, and nobody understands how important parking is in Coeur d'Alene, like Sandra Gunn, owner of Coeur d'Alene Olive Oil and Marie Widmyer, owner of Marmalade, a woman's clothing boutique.
"Coming down a one way street, the wrong way, they can't wrap their heard around how to get here," said Widmyer.
Their businesses sit right on the edge of the new construction for the McEuen Park remodel.
"You kinda have to do a round-about, you can't come directly down the street," said Gunn.
With the busy summer months quickly approaching Coeur d'Alene set aside new parking lots to replace the 400 parking spaces lost due to construction. The lots are ready however signage directing traffic hasn't been put up yet.
"Yeah, signage is key. That should be up pretty quickly, yeah. Like now," said Gunn.
"You almost need it before you need it so that it trains them," said Widmyer.
The city set aside a graded parking lot near Memorial field just off Northwest Blvd. It's free and if you don't want to walk a shuttle will run every 20 minutes on busier days.