The Hailey City Council approved conceptual plans last week for South Woodside Park, which will be built adjacent to an eight-unit ARCH Community Housing Trust complex at 3920 Woodside Blvd.
Construction of the park will mark a culmination of differences between ARCH and South Woodside residents who protested the elimination of open space at a vacant 26,048-square-foot lot rezoned for the housing complex.
A compromise solution was found when the city approved plans that will use about half the lot area for the park.
“This is a great design, given the small area we have to work with,” said Hailey Parks Division Manager Stephanie Cook during a May 13 City Council meeting.
The park will cost $60,000 to build and will include a 6-foot-wide, crushed-rock path from Woodside Boulevard to the Toe of the Hill Trail at the east end of the park, a gathering area, picnic tables, a log and boulder play area and a small lawn.
Cook said trees at the park will be watered with drip irrigation. The lawn will be irrigated separately.
A 3-foot-tall berm and trees will separate the park from the ARCH housing complex.