Ketchum Arts Festival

Festival Meadow plays host to many public events, including the Ketchum Arts Festival, seen here.

The city of Sun Valley has started planning a major project to turn the Festival Meadow field along Sun Valley Road into a more welcoming, better-used public park with features that could include gathering spaces and play areas for children.

City staff and consultants from Ketchum-based BYLA Landscape Architects presented initial, conceptual plans and ideas for the 5-acre site to the City Council in a special meeting June 30. While no decisions have yet been made about what should be included in the project, the consultants asked council members to consider elements such as a small amphitheater or communal space for classes and lectures, a natural-looking kids’ play area with boulders, a winding path for pedestrians and cyclists, a stage, and signs to identify the site and its location at the gateway to Sun Valley.

Landscape architect Ben Young, principal and co-owner of BYLA, told city leaders that he and city staff are aiming to move the project from the “draft phase” to more focused planning.

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