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Master Plan

Master Plan Synopsis

Goal: Create and maintain an interconnected system of parks, recreational facilities, trails, green spaces and natural lands for the community of Hailey in order to provide diverse recreation opportunities within walking distance for the greatest number of Hailey residents.

Lawrence Heagle Park
Lawrence Heagle Park
Photo by: Becki Keefer

A combination of developed and undeveloped recreation space and connections of green spaces will distribute recreation opportunities equitably across the entire community. For lands adjacent to Hailey, the Master Plan encourages large recreation assets (like a golf course or regional park), as well as open hillsides and view corridors. Development is encouraged to remain within city limits, which keeps development closer to existing city services, with the remainder of the lands having decreasing density and increasing green or open space.

The Master Plan supports a non-motorized trails system that encircles and connects the entire community. The trail system will connect neighborhoods to parks, schools, the Wood River Trails, the river and to Broadford Road. A foot-of-the-hills trail along the eastern hillsides in Woodside will directly connect neighborhoods to parks and hillside accesses, and may be extended in the future to connect Quigley Canyon to Slaughterhouse Gulch.

Hop Porter Park
Hop Porter Park
Photo by: Becki Keefer

A greater community than just Hailey residents will use any recreational assets, existing or proposed, in Hailey. The Master Plan envisions Hailey as the provider of park space and recreation assets to enable the Blaine County Recreation District to continue to provide a multitude of programs for the community. Hailey's assets benefit our own residents, and add to the recreation opportunities that the Recreation District provides for the countywide community. The Plan encourages continued cooperative planning between Hailey and the Recreation District.

The Master Plan also sets high standards for land management and stewardship of our natural resources, which include protection for waterways, viewsheds and hillsides, utilizing landscaping best suited to our environment, water conservation, and protection of public accesses. Good stewardship of our resources is vital to the success of our vision.

     Parks promote neighborhoods because neighborhoods have parks.

     Neighborhoods are connected and accessible to each other by trails and so maintain the spirit of neighborhood throughout the city as a whole.

     Parks, lands and trails are available to serve the widest variety of uses for all residents - from places of serenity to regional gathering areas.

     Revenue generating assets and good stewardship of resources reduce the financial impact on the members of the community.

     Parks, lands and trails continue to be a priority as we recognize their importance in creating and supporting the spirit of community in which we all desire to live.

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