The city of Ketchum has withdrawn a proposal to redraw the boundaries around the Hemingway STEAM School and transfer ownership of the tennis courts at Atkinson Park to the city government.

The proposal drew opposition from neighbors along Parkway Drive because of the possibility that it would lead to rerouting the Wood River Trail multiuse path to Parkway Drive, and away from the eastern side of the Hemingway School property.

The proposal would have created a new 15.57-acre lot owned by the Blaine County School District, and would have transferred city-owned property just east of the school to the School District to allow future expansion of the school. The city would own a 2.99-acre lot that includes the tennis courts.

Mayor Neil Bradshaw said completing the conveyance would have required approval from the BLM. In 1968, the federal agency approved a land patent ceding the property to the School District.

Bradshaw said the BLM met with the district recently to discuss the patent requirements.

“Nothing against the BLM, it just wasn’t going to be quick,” Bradshaw said. “They have their own process.”

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