Idaho Falls Citizen Journalism

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A local student has decided this town should have a Bicycle Pump Track and has selected that goal as his Senior Project.

Conner Swersey met with the Parks and Recreation Team on November 9. Team Chairman and Councilman Rob Jackson relayed that meeting’s topics to the November 16 meeting of the Salmon City Council.

Jackson said Swersey told the team he is researching possible locations for a Bicycle Pump Track and wants the local bicycle community to become involved by way of a drive to raise funds for a professional track designer and track construction. The project would also involve research into possible funding avenues as well as potential locations. Jackson said Swersey will keep the team updated with progress reports. 

Earl Grief of the Ride Idaho organization has contacted the city with a request for overnight camping at a city park. Jackson said this would be the group’s first visit to Salmon and will involve over 350 people. The entourage is asking for a gray water disposal site and for a 30 amp electrical service. 

Jackson said the Parks and Recreation Team is still looking into the best location. He said the Fair Board is set to host a dinner and beer garden for the Ride Idaho group and Jackson told the November 16 meeting of the full City Council that the August 8 overnight stay in Salmon is part of tour that will begin in Ketchum, go through Stanley and Challis, on to Salmon and return to Ketchum by way of Arco. Jackson said the 350 riders would not fit in any of the local commercial campsites but those sites would benefit by offering shower facilities. None of the campsite owners has objected. He said Ride Idaho wants the City Council to commit to use of a city park and the council passed a motion to allow park use contingent on a signed agreement. Which park will best suit the needs has yet to be decided. 

Jackson said that during the November 9 Parks and Recreation Team meeting it was learned that the Experience Works program enabled the Sacajawea Center to remain open for three days a week through September and October which added 24 days to its season. The result was an additional 482 visitors and $2,432 in sales. He said the volunteer hours contributed by the RV hosts amounted to 1,379 and went towards projects throughout the center. 

A charter for the Sacajawea Center Advisory Committee was discussed by the team and at the November 16 meeting of the full council the charter was given a unanimous approval.

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