Dwight Bershaw Monument


A landscape architect who left his mark all over Coeur d'Alene.

The memorial is located on the south side of McEuen Park at the base of Tubbs Hill. It includes a stone table and bench between two tamarack trees — the place where the American Legion scoreboard once stood. It's fitting because he played American Legion ball there and his father, Jim Bershaw, umpired games there. Dwight later enjoyed walking with his kids on summer nights to watch games at the American Legion field before it was relocated to Ramsey Park to make way for McEuen Park.

Dwight Bershaw was a much-loved and respected resident of Coeur d’Alene. He volunteered on many public projects and was involved in several groups here that do good works to benefit Coeur d’Alene. He went out of his way to promote this community and was sometimes jokingly called “the Mayor of Coeur d’Alene” when proudly showing visitors around. He truly loved this place he called home for most of his adult life. The memorial here at McEuen Park was designed by his good friend Dale Gephart. The work to get it installed and funded was done by the Sunrise Rotary group that Dwight belonged to, and was a long-time greeter for, and Dwight’s long-time employer Clearwater Summit Group. The table and five stone benches represent Dwight’s close friends who met weekly to share stories of their families, camaraderie, and their latest endeavors. They were the “Monday Night Men’s Group”. The one empty spot represents Dwight. The four pillars represent Dwight (in the middle), his wife Ali, and their two children, Chance and Marissa. The additional “standing table” adds a place for those who wish, to stop and enjoy the beauty of this memorial and the view of McEuen Park.

Dwight's friends and family, members of his Sunrise Rotary Club of Coeur d'Alene, and the crew at Clearwater Summit Group, planting native grasses and foliage at the Dwight Bershaw memorial in October of 2022.