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This month’s meeting of the Parks and Recreation Team was mostly about reporting on plans being made for the approaching Summer season.

Team Chairman/City Councilman Rob Jackson told the May 18 meeting of the Salmon City Council that the sign-up period for Summer programs at the Sacajawea Center began on May 12 and that the first phase of the center’s entrance sign beautification project has been completed.

The Idaho Governor’s Lewis and Clark Committee has provided funding for the sign enhancement and Dahle’s Construction has done the earth work. The next phase will be to place drought tolerant, easy to maintain native plants near the sign. Jackson said the Recreational Vehicle parking sites developed for center hosts have been made ready for occupancy thanks to the city’s Public Works crews. He said the first three volunteers arrived the week of May 15 and that volunteers will be continuously on site through the beginning of September.

Jackson said the roof on the old Kilpatrick cabin, which is located near the Outdoor School, is in need of a new roof. He said last fall high winds removed some of the asphalt shingles and as a result some of the boards are rotting. He said they will know by late Summer if repairs can be squeezed into this year’s budget. If not they will have to wait until next year. The center has received 60 LED (light emitting diode) lights the cost of which will be reimbursed through Idaho Power’s Energy Savings Plan. All of them will be installed by the end of the month.

Eleven docents have completed training in April and have been scheduled for weekly shifts at the Interpretive Center throughout the season. The Interpretive Center will open on Memorial Day at 9AM. The center is once again in partnership with the Salmon Arts Council and the Lemhi County Historical Society Museum for Lemhi History Month. Jackson said there will be a number of speakers beginning with a June 9th presentation about the history of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in Idaho and in Lemhi County. The month will culminate with a down river field trip. Jackson said space is limited so those interested should call the center in advance at 756-1188.

There will be a Washington State University Field School on site at the center from May 29th through June 4th.

The next meeting of the Parks & Recreation Team will be June 8 at 3:30 PM in the City Hall Conference Room.

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