Wednesday, September 17, 2014

River park would be an asset to community

    Over the last one a half years, I’ve read a lot of comments about the proposed whitewater park to be developed by the city of Ketchum, around the Hulen Meadows Pond.
    I have been a Hulen Meadows homeowner since 1987, and until 2012, was water manager for the association.
    Some homeowners I’ve talked with have said they fear that if the city drills a well in the Sun Peak area, it might threaten Hulen Meadows water supplies.
    In my opinion, as a professional water manager, the site for the new well is too far downstream to affect any of Hulen Meadows’ wells, or its capacity to deliver water to its customers.
    There’s also been some anxiety that a new parking area built north of the pond might displace wildlife, create traffic and noise issues along Sage Road.
    In 1992, those same fears were expressed by residents when the Department of Transportation wanted to use the area for a rock-crushing operation, which later developed into what is now the pond.
    Today, the area hosts a variety of animals that wouldn’t be there, if not for the pond.  The noise and parking fears that were raised in 1992 don’t exist.
    I’m thankful that the designer, Scott Shipley, has agreed to take on this project. I’m happy that some heavy hitters, like the city of Ketchum, are spearheading the project.
    When finished, I believe the River Park will be an asset to the community and benefit all the users of the pond.
Marc Longley
Hulen Meadows

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