unveiled in Ketchum
by Cimino family
Express Staff Writer
assortment of valley politicians and friends of the Cimino family showed
up last Wednesday for a private dedication of the newly completed park
on Main Street and Sixth Avenue in Ketchum.
Cimino, who planned the park with his late wife Barbara, said he would
name the oasis of green, Memory Park.
Enjoying the official opening of Memory Park in Ketchum are, from left to right, park patron Jim
Cimino, Ketchum Councilman Maurice Charlat and Jan Turzian, owner of the Sun Valley Garden Center, which oversaw the park’s creation.
photo by Willy Cook
construction of the park took approximately 60 days to completion, said
Mike Turzian, owner of Sun Valley Garden Center, which had total carte
blanche to create the park. There is a water feature in the middle that
is similar to one in Eagle that the Cimino’s admired and the
kid-friendly one in Boise’s Centre on the Grove. It is surrounded by
gardens and benches.
custom-made gazebo with entwining aspen leaves is situated on a small
will eventually have a sundial and drinking fountain as well as a
wrought iron fence around it giving it a very European feel. In fact,
the small pocket parks with dedicated benches in London inspired the
Ciminos when they planned this park.
Park will also have picnic tables and the raised gardens beds—now
blooming with annuals—will be planted with perennials appropriate to
high elevation gardening. Last fall, 5,000 tulips were planted there in
memory of September 11.
of the things we hope is that people will use ii an alternate outdoor
venue, for weddings, parties, functions," Turzian said. "All
they have to do is ask."
interested should call Turzian at the Sun Valley Garden Center.
dedication was followed by a catered luncheon by Cristina’s
Restaurant, proving that parties on site were more than viable.
inspired Mayor Ed Simon and Councilwoman Chris Potters to discuss other
plans—parks and hot spring pools—that they’d like to see in town.
"It sets the standard for other things we’ll do around
town," Potters said.
course, upkeep of the park is an ongoing affair and though the Cimino
Foundation partially supports the park, "There are several
affordable ways others can support it, too," said Turzian. For
instance, bricks can be dedicated to loved ones in accordance with the
memory aspect of the park.
is delightful with an unobstructed view of Baldy, parking right behind
it, and many trees and plants.
building this park, "Jim has issued a challenge to other lot owners
to make them something usable. Class up the act. Do something other than
for profit." Turzian said. "We need water, green and shade in
Memory Park is all that.