SUN PEAK PRESERVE AND RIVER RESTORATION
About: The Wood River Land Trust has been working with the City of Ketchum, community members of the Hulen Meadows neighborhood, river enthusiasts, and community partners like Higher Ground on an exciting project. We’ve long wanted to restore the Big Wood River at the BLM’s Sun Peak Recreational Area. As part of that, residents had asked if we could find a way to restore the Hulen Meadows pond as well. Our vision is to design a space at the Hulen Meadows Pond that can help create a profound connection to nature for people who traditionally can’t utilize the wild spaces throughout our valley. After a variety of public stakeholder meetings, the community came to a consensus that it is a priority to create options for amenities and access for persons with disabilities at the Hulen Meadows Pond.
The Wood River Land Trust has created three amenity concept plans focusing ADA access to amenities like a viewing platform, restrooms, and picnic areas, and to reduce pedestrian conflicts with vehicular traffic. The plans will be reviewed by professionals that focus on designing amenities for persons with disabilities.
The amenity plans and other materials from public meetings held so far can be found at ketchum.idaho.org/sunpeak
Ryan Santo, Restoration Specialist for the Wood River Land Trust and project coordinator for the Sun Peak Preserve exclaims that “This is an exciting opportunity to provide access for all to enjoy the Hulen Meadows Pond and the Big Wood River!”
We know it is imperative that as a community, we look out for all of our members — creating accessible spaces such as the Sun Peak Preserve is the perfect place to start. The Wood River Land Trust is excited to bring the magic of wild spaces and happy places to all members of our community.