Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hailey OKs footbridge across river

Wood River Land Trust project would link Draper Preserve with Croy Wetlands

Express Staff Writer

This preliminary rendition of a proposed footbridge across the Big Wood River drew unanimous approval from the Hailey City Council last week. Courtesy graphic

The Hailey City Council signed off on conceptual plans last week to build a footbridge across the Big Wood River from the Draper Preserve to the Croy Wetlands boardwalk south of Lions Park.

The Blaine County Planning Department requested a letter from the city allowing for construction access across city property. The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday, Sept. 7, to sign the letter and approve the project.

"This makes all the sense in the world," Councilman Don Keirn said.

The proposed bridge project, which could take two years to complete, was presented by Wood River Land Trust Executive Director Scott Boettger. He said the bridge would link two popular areas under conservation easements with the Wood River Land Trust, allowing people to travel between them without trespassing on private property.

Boettger reminded the council that the Wood River Land Trust has worked to rehabilitate the area now known as the Croy Wetlands, which used to be a dump.

"Ten years ago this was a derelict area," he said.

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