Mountain Express: Ketchum Mulls Whitewater Park


The city of Ketchum is the latest Idaho community to consider a whitewater park. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that Ketchum officials have given the green light to craft a master plan that would map out a proposed $2.7 million park, which would run through the Sun Peak area, on BLM land north of Ketchum.

The proposal is to build a whitewater park along 1,500 feet of the Big Wood River. Landscaping would include trails, habitat restoration and a fishing pier.

The master plan, which has a price tag of $75,000, is being paid for primarily through a private donation. Supporters said they expected a large percentage of the $2.7 million needed to build the park would also come through private donors.

But the Mountain Express reports that not everyone is thrilled with the idea. Some residents of the Hulen Meadows neighborhood told Ketchum officials on Sept. 17 that they were concerned about congestion on the Sage Road bridge, which connects Hulen Meadows to the highway.

"If someone gets hurt or killed on that bridge, the lawsuit is going to be on you," Hulen Meadows resident Dave Manookian told the Ketchum City Council.