Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Longer Trail Creek path on agenda

Sun Valley City Council to meet Thursday

Express Staff Writer

A longer biking and hiking path along Sun Valley's Trail Creek Road may be in the offing.

The City Council will discuss the possibility Thursday, Nov. 15, at its 3 p.m. meeting, according to Sun Valley acting City Administrator Robert Van Nort.

The paved path now stretches from just abreast of the former Gun Club on Trail Creek Road to about the new Gun Club site. It's a popular route for hikers and bicyclists year-round.

The idea of extending the path has long been the hope of many, and this accelerated possibility can be credited to a solid bed of rock.

What happened, Van Nort explained, was that crews digging a new trench for pipes to serve the new Gun Club ran into bedrock. So digging was switched to the other side of the road, requiring excavation that later will need rebuilding and thus an opportunity to extend the path.

Van Nort said the council will discuss a possible partnership with Sun Valley Co. and the Idaho Transportation Department in funding an extension of the biking and hiking path at the same time, probably all the way to Boundary Campground—northeast of the city, past Trail Creek Cabin.

Among other issues on the council's agenda:

- A request from the Honda Ski Tour for donation of fire and police services to the Honda Ski Tour's winter 2008 events at no cost to organizers.

- Discussion of future events planned for the new Sun Valley Symphony Pavilion and the Festival Meadow on Sun Valley Road and developing plans for responsibility for providing staffing. The city of Sun Valley's small staff is unable to provide personnel for all such activities.

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