Plan for an Improved Visitor's Center on Sun Valley Road
A debate in Ketchum is underway:
“What’s the best use for
Ketchum’s current visitor’s center?”
Option 1: To provide a multi-media experience of Ketchum’s
amenities, history, business life, cultural attractions,
spirituality, and community life?
Option 2: A Starbucks coffee, wine, and appetizers store
shared with our current visitor’s center?
Businesses and citizens submitted a plan to the URA for Option 1.
The URA chose to negotiate a lease for Option 2.
The proposal for Option 1 envisions the Visitor’s Center as
“The first place that visitor’s want to stop
and their home base while they’re here”
with features including:
- Interactive displays to introduce visitors to Ketchum’s social, entrepreneurial, athletic, historical, spiritual, and cultural life;
- A concierge for reservations;
- Entertainments for children and teens, while parents plan their stay;
- Information on sights from Stanley to Craters of the Moon;
- Complimentary coffee and tea.
The proposal aligns with the Urban Renewal Agency’s plan to:
“…strengthen the (city’s) economic base and community by installing…
public facilities to stimulate employment and economic growth.”
and with Sun Valley Marketing Alliance’s plan to:
“Attract a new generation by making the past relevant,
the present differentiated, and the future undeniable –
providing original experiences for authenticity seekers.”
Which option do you think best meets the city’s needs and goals?
Make your voice heard: Write a letter to the editor or email the City Council/URA Board (ketchumidaho.org). Please copy email@example.com whatever your view. Thanks!