Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Whitewater park should work fine

The first spring in our new home on the river in Golden Eagle was in 2000. I think that local kayakers discovered the large wave behind our home about the same time we did. Many a night we and our guests have enjoyed a glass of wine while watching the "skills and spills" of the kayakers since that first year.

These men and women range from late teens to middle age and have all been courteous and respectful of our property and home's proximity to their river recreation. On a warm summer night I have counted up to 16 kayakers lined along the riverbank waiting their turn to surf the wave.

Unfortunately for the kayakers, a few years ago the high, fast water moved a couple of the boulders that formed the wave and now it is only a third of its original size. The kayakers are still enjoying the smaller wave, although it is a short season from about late May to early August before it dissipates to a ripple.

The Sun Valley-Ketchum area is known for its wide range of recreational opportunities, and the local economy benefits from both local and tourist use of these opportunities.

As a witness to the need and demand for kayaking in this area and the character of the kayakers, I am in favor of the establishment of the proposed facility. Having a patio within 75 feet of the river and the kayaking activity for the past 12 years, and speaking from experience, I do not believe that Hulen Meadows residents should have a fear or concern for their property values or quiet use and enjoyment of their homes with the opening and short seasonal use of the proposed whitewater park.

Bill McCann

Blaine County

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