Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Support the Hailey bond

On May 25, Hailey citizens will have an opportunity to vote on the Hailey city general obligation bond. The monies raised by this bond will be used to improve the Hailey rodeo grounds and associated recreational facilities. These facilities include the skate park and a new museum documenting the history of the property. Also included will be a multipurpose indoor ice rink and court sports facility, restrooms, landscaping and paved parking. The indoor ice rink and the rodeo grounds will be multi-use facilities to maximize their potential. Not just to be used for rodeo and ice skating, but for meetings, concerts, public gatherings and more.

I attended the Hailey City Council meeting on Monday, May 10, in an effort to educate myself regarding the proposed Hailey rodeo grounds makeover. The council listened to comprehensive reports on the design, fundraising efforts, total cost of the improvements and the bond issue. In looking at the master plan for these proposed improvements, I believe this recreation center would be a gem of an asset for the city and its residents.

I feel this is an amazing opportunity for Hailey to build something that would not only benefit the community by creating a quality recreational facility but would also provide jobs and income by encouraging visitors to come and spend money in our valley. As a parent of former youth hockey players, I can attest to the fact that an average family of four will spend $300 to $500 on hotels and meals on an average ice hockey tournament weekend. Three out-of-town teams of 12 to 18 players each can bring $10,000 to 18,000 into the valley on a tournament weekend.

Our youth need quality recreational opportunities, and this would certainly help provide that. This project is very exciting and makes sense for the city and its residents on every level for the reasons stated above. Please support this bond and remember to vote "yes" on May 25 for the future of Hailey!

Craig Levitan


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