Saturday, December 21, 2013

Designers Complete Majority of Ketchum Whitewater Park Plans

Posted By on Sat, Dec 21, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Frigid temperatures don't exactly invoke thoughts of river sports, but officials in Ketchum say they're more than halfway through their plans for a a proposed $2.3 million whitewater park on the Big Wood River.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that Ketchum officials unveiled about 60 percent of the design for the park at a Dec. 18 public meeting. The proposed park, which would run north of Ketchum, would include a fishing and viewing pier, picnic shelter, shade sails, a pedestrian bridge and plenty of space for boating and kayaking.

City officials said they still need to work with the Bureau of Land Management to acquire land for the project.

Additionally, the Mountain Express reported that, "one point of controversy between the design teams and residents of the Hulen Meadows area is the location of parking. In the initial design, 50 parking spaces were allocated west of the river. However, after criticism and opposition from Hulen Meadows residents, the parking area was reduced to 26 spaces."

The remaining 40 percent of the plans are expected to be completed by next summer.

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