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Old 11-24-2009   #1
 
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Kelly's Whitewater Park Needs Volunteers

Last week’s groundbreaking of the Welcome Center for Kelly’s Whitewater Park
(KWP) in Cascade was exhilaratingly attended by 150 people. KWP will be Idaho’s first whitewater park. The welcome center will showcase the vast ranching and milling heritage of Valley County, have seating overlooking the river for 55 people, as well as bathrooms and changing rooms. We are hopeful to receive the Army Corp Permit next month, which will allow construction of the 6 in-water features and confirm that the park will be open in Spring 2010.

The current Board of Directors would like to thank all of the previous Board members for their efforts to date. The former members include from
inception: Mick Riffie, Kathy Riffie, Dan Gallagher, John Ernsberger, Dwight Jividen, Peggy Terry and Rob Terry. Rob has recently decided to focus full time on being Councilman and we wish him luck in this important role.

The current Board of Mayor Dick Carter, Cameron Cordova, Kristina Pickard and Mark Pickard are enthusiastically working together and are ecstatic with KWP’s future direction. We all share a common goal, passion and are driven to make KWP a world class park. That being said, we cannot do it alone. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS and we are soliciting your support or the support of someone you know. If you have the appropriate background in ANY of the following areas, we would greatly appreciate you signing up to lead or join a Committee. We are establishing Advisory Committees and need both Chairpersons with relevant experience to lead as well as volunteers to help out with the following committees:

· Statute of American Vet

o We need to identify a Committee Chairperson and volunteers who have vast
prior experience in Art. In particular, the Sculpting of Bronze statues.
This Committee will be in charge of identifying the artist as well as help in the design of the American Vet statue.

· Gallery

o We identified a Committee Chairman however we need several volunteers
who are residents with vast knowledge of the history of Cascade and Valley County to help decide how the Gallery will be displayed. This Committee will oversee the selection of artwork and memorabilia that will be displayed. We have received very generous commitments from many residents that are eagerly interested in donating artwork, but we can use more. We have a large gallery and can use well preserved artwork. Recognition will be given to donors.



· Kayak instruction for Valley County students

o We believe we have commitment from several local world class kayakers
who can help lead and organize a kayak school to teach any interested Valley County student how to kayak. Given the anticipated large student turnout, the more volunteers we have helping the better. Experienced volunteer kayakers are a must as safety will be our first priority.



· Advertising and Marketing

o KWP will be a world class park and we have 6 months to tell the world.
Marketing skills will be invaluable to promote the Park

· Fundraising

o Our goal is to make KWP self sufficient and we can achieve that partly
through fundraising. A Chairperson who has extensive background in fundraising and running charitable functions is needed. As always, we will need lots of volunteers to assist in many ways.

· Merchandise Sales

o Committees that can help sell KWP t-shirts and other KWP merchandise will
be an invaluable source of revenue for KWP

· Website Committee.

o We already have a web site designer, but we need volunteers to either be
a chairperson or someone who can simply help out. This group will be responsible for keeping the website current, with continual updates.

The success of KWP will be a function of great volunteers who can make a difference. We need volunteers to work the welcome center to help create a warm environment for all visitors. We need volunteers with great organizational skills. We need volunteers for many more committees with positive energy and proactiveness. Please sign up and help us make a difference. If you can lend your expertise as either a Committee Chairperson or a volunteer, we can use your help. Please email us at [email protected]

Many thanks.

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Old 11-25-2009   #2
 
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Good luck with everything WW Parks are a great asset and yours will be a great asset to your town.

I've got to say though that you really need to focus on the basics and you are way ahead of yourself. I have no idea how you could have a "groundbreaking" with no ACOE permit. This is exactly the thing that upsets the ACOE and causes delays and possibly no permit at all. You should have a permit long, long before you do anything like a groundbreaking ceremony. You should have a permit before you even advertise the project to the public. Your "groundbreaking" ceremony is similar to having a groundbreaking on a huge hotel before the hotel is even approved by the city council and planning comission. It is like a person having a "groundbreaking" ceremony for a playground set for the neighborhood on your property before you even approve it. The state owns the riverbed in Idaho, the Federal government owns the right to change the riverbed. You need to respect their rights or you will make it much more difficult for other WW Parks in Idaho to get built.

Good luck with everything, I think your project is a great project and will be a big success when it is finished. It will truly be a great asset to Cascade. The people like you are such a huge asset to the community to work so hard to bring a communal benefit, you deserve a lot of credit. Just be careful how you are dealing with the permitting agencies, it is a delicate game with them and you have to respect their authority or your project will be greatly delayed.
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Regarding the ACE 404 permit you are completely correct. No in river features can be installed until that point. We have all necessary permitting to begin construction on the visitors center and have done so. We have heaps of politicians and government officials like the govenor on board and have their committment ensuring this projects success. The Army Corp is completely in the know and on board with what we are up to, and do sincerely hope to have the permit complete and in hand next monthish. If we are to open for boating next spring we needed to begin construction on the visitors center last week! All of the different permitting and regulatory agencies have been amazing to work with and we feel this project exemplifies the spirit of cooperation and efficiency. My apologies for not clarifying the circumstances behind my previous post. Thanks for your support!
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Good luck with everything WW Parks are a great asset and yours will be a great asset to your town.

I've got to say though that you really need to focus on the basics and you are way ahead of yourself. I have no idea how you could have a "groundbreaking" with no ACOE permit. This is exactly the thing that upsets the ACOE and causes delays and possibly no permit at all. You should have a permit long, long before you do anything like a groundbreaking ceremony. You should have a permit before you even advertise the project to the public. Your "groundbreaking" ceremony is similar to having a groundbreaking on a huge hotel before the hotel is even approved by the city council and planning comission. It is like a person having a "groundbreaking" ceremony for a playground set for the neighborhood on your property before you even approve it. The state owns the riverbed in Idaho, the Federal government owns the right to change the riverbed. You need to respect their rights or you will make it much more difficult for other WW Parks in Idaho to get built.
Everything you say is generally true; this just happens to be a very different project. The park is being built at a former sawmill site and will open with a visitors center and associated, top-of-bank improvements, versus being integrated into an existing park or downtown like we are used to here in Colorado.

The work in the river will commence later once the 404 is complete. The improvements IdahoJay is talking about are not jurisdictional to the Corps.

IdahoJay, the Teton Gravity forums have a lot of Idaho paddlers on them. That would be a good place to post as well. http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=4
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Cool, that will be an awesome park. I love spending time in that area. Now it will be an even better place to go. Nice work by the locals there getting organized and getting it done.
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