Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Big Wood River is not a theme park



    Finally, someone knowledgeable spoke up. Jima Rice, a resident of Hulen Meadows and savvy in all matters business, in a letter to this newspaper, decried the proposal for a waterpark on the Big Wood River. I second her objection.
    The Big Wood River is not a toy, it is a mountain river. Because it winds its way through town, everyone wants a piece of it. The river is already under stress from a variety of human impacts. This proposal comes at a time when we should be doing everything to protect the river and its environs. Instead, we propose to “pave paradise and put up a parking lot,” a Disneyland-on-the-Big Wood.
    This valley is hardly in need of summer outdoor recreational opportunities. Boaters have superior options on the upper Salmon in Stanley. For derring-do, there are the Boise and Payette River forks. This is another one of those development schemes that over-promise and under-deliver. It will only exceed our worst expectations.
Bali Szabo
Hailey




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