Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Resort landscape project plows ahead

Gateway to lodge getting makeover

Express Staff Writer

Workers remove trees at Sun Valley Resort on Friday near Trail Creek Road as part of a major landscaping project under way this spring. The bulk of the project is expected to be completed by late June. Photo by Willy Cook

A major landscaping project under way at Sun Valley Resort is part of a larger effort to upgrade the property.

The most obvious change is happening at the main entrance to the resort on Trail Creek Road, where trees are being cut down and replaced.

"The biggest thing you see is the landscaping," said Sun Valley Co. spokesman Jack Sibbach. "It makes the first appearance."

Sibbach said the first phase of the project is the removal of diseased, dying and overgrown trees to make way for new plantings.

"We've opened things up a little bit," he said. "There'll be better view corridors to the [Sun Valley] Lodge and from rooms of the lodge."

He said views will be improved up Trail Creek to the Pioneers and westward to Bald Mountain.

More than 150 spruce trees, crabapples, perennials and annuals will be planted in and around Sun Valley Village over the next few months.

"There's going to be more trees planted than cut down," Sibbach said.

Some are deciduous trees, he said, adding more changing colors to the landscape.

Workers were laying sod Tuesday, with flower plantings to occur in mid-June.

Landscaping around the resort's Olympic pool will also be improved, he said, with an overhaul of the pool itself and a new kids splash park also in the works.

Other resort upgrades include interior and exterior painting on buildings in the Sun Valley Village, a complete remodel of the kids playschool, a new awning for the Lodge, new decks and new carpeting in meeting rooms and hallways.

Rebecca Meany:

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