I would like to encourage everyone in Hailey to vote in favor of the rodeo park bond. I have been involved with Hailey Ice for the last 11 years, and each year when our short season ends, I'm constantly asked why don't we build an indoor rink so we can have a longer season? To that end, I have been a part of the effort to build an indoor ice rink for the last eight years.
By voting in favor of the bond, the citizens of Hailey have the opportunity to do something great for the community. The ice rink and sports arena will provide both the parents and children with a great recreational facility. The new rodeo will provide a safe place for our historic rodeos and a large multipurpose facility for other events; the additions to the skate park are much needed and the visitors' center will finally be a home for the chamber of commerce.
I'm a parent whose children, now in their 20s, played hockey, still skateboard a lot and have enjoyed the rodeo since they were 5 or younger. I want this rodeo park for the current and future children of Hailey. An investment in the rodeo park will provide a much-needed new recreational facility for the children and adults in this community.
This project will bring many new local construction jobs over the next 18 to 24 months and will provide many permanent jobs for the future. The enhancements to the skate park, the rodeo grounds and the ice rink/sports complex will have the potential to bring in tourists and fill our restaurants and hotels.
Just a reminder—the Hailey Ice Park at McKercher Park in Hailey will still stay as a free ice-skating facility in the winter months.
Please join me in voting in favor of the rodeo park bond.