Wednesday, April 18, 2012

‘Walkability’ ideas to be on display

Public invited to ‘community café’ in Ketchum


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

Locals who beat the same path to work or errands every day don't have problems getting from point A to point B.

But visitors trying to find a specific site, or anyone wanting to set out to discover and explore, may have a harder time knowing where they are, where they might want to go and how not to get lost along their wandering way.

The Ketchum Community Development Corp. is leading a "walkability" project to not only enhance pedestrians' and bicyclists' experiences but to assist people in finding their way around town.

The public is invited to see the mapping assessments of the Ketchum core and weigh in with ideas at the Walkable Ketchum Community Café, which takes place from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at City Hall.

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The Walkable Ketchum project will include "wayfinding," with historical, directional and locational signage; infrastructure—sidewalks, solar streetlights and street furniture; and maintenance plans in cooperation with the city.

According to the CDC, the goal is to increase safety and sustainability, enhance healthy lifestyles and improve downtown vitality.

"The CDC was formed specifically to tackle projects the city needed done, the community needed done, that were beyond city staff's ability to do," project leader Dale Bates said at a work session with the Ketchum Planning & Zoning Commission on Friday. "So the CDC took this on."

For more information, contact Bates at dale@livarch.com or Jon Duval at jon.duval@ketchumcdc.org.

Rebecca Meany: rmeany@mtexpress.com




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