Kootenai County Decides On Park Ban

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Rowdy users of Kootenai County facilities could be banned from all parks, if members of the county commission agree with a proposal from the local parks department.

The Parks and Waterways Department’s employees would be able to order people to leave county parks if they are drunk or using drugs, harassing or intimidating others or disturbing the peace.

People under such orders could also be banned from all county parks and public waterways for up to one year, under the plan.

Violations would be deemed trespassing, punishable by up to a $1,000 fine or a year in jail.

Pat Braden, Kootenai County civil attorney, told the Coeur d’Alene Press that there have been problems with certain people at county facilities, leaving officials to ponder an effective solution.