The Wood River Land Trust on Monday announced plans to build a wheelchair-accessible trail and facilitate the construction of workforce housing on a newly donated 15-acre property between Hailey’s Lions Park and the China Gardens subdivision.

The intent of the project is threefold, according to Land Trust Deputy Director Amy Trujillo.

First, the Land Trust would build a compact-gravel trail along the east bank of the Big Wood River from Bullion Street to the Bow Bridge, opening additional public access to Draper Preserve. Second, it would permanently protect about eight acres of cottonwood forest on the parcel’s southern end, where the property links up with the preserve’s boardwalk.

The Land Trust recently acquired the “Old Board Ranch” property, outlined here in white, through a charitable donation. The parcel accommodated a sawmill and hydroelectric power plant in the late 19th century.

Wood River Land Trust unveils development plans for Hailey riverfront parcel, debris

The Land Trust will first have to clean up the property, which is strewn with metal debris and slash piles.

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