Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Whitewater park has created a buzz

There is a youthful wave of excitement flowing through the valley right now. The young at heart, of all ages, are all abuzz about the incipient Ketchum Whitewater Park. What a wonderful addition it will be to the Wood River Valley lifestyle. Not only will it provide opportunities for the kind of wide-eyed fun that will bring visitors back year after year, but it will also become a place for contemplation and the quiet enjoyment of nature. I, for one, can't wait.

There are so many people who have long been working to make this dream come true. Folks on the Wood River Whitewater Parks Committee, with the Wood River Land Trust, at the Ketchum Parks Department and in the mayor's office come immediately to mind. I would like to thank them all for their vision and hopeful spirit. Ketchum's mayor, Randy Hall, deserves special kudos for the political courage he has shown.

Sure the park will bring additional visitors to our valley. Sure it will bring money and opportunity to our local economy. But at the end of the day it will be us locals who reap the lion's reward. From kayakers surfing the waves, to adjacent landowners playing with their grandchildren on the shores of the pond, to dogs and their humans in the dog agility course, to school children on field trips to learn of riparian ecosystems, this park will be a jewel of pride for us all. Yep, there's a youthful wave of excitement flowing through the valley right now. I'm going to surf it.

Macleod Sawyer


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