Whiteman family donates land to Valley County Pathways; Lake Irrigation District inks access agreement

Marvin and Carol Whiteman have donated a 1.7-acre strategic parcel of railroad right of way property south of McCall to Valley County Pathways, Inc., allowing the Pathways group to provide new public access to several miles of trail between McCall and Heinrich Lane.

Your browser may not support display of this image.Valley County Pathways also recently signed an access agreement with Lake Irrigation District, south of the Whiteman property. The two land transactions, combined with an existing long-term access agreement with Idaho Power Co., provide a continuous pathway corridor along the old Union Pacific Railroad Right of Way between Moonridge Drive and Heinrich Lane, a distance of about four miles.

The pathway corridor is being managed as a non-motorized, four-season trail open to cross-country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter, and hiking, biking, running and horseback riding in the summer.

“We really want to thank Marv and Carol Whiteman for their generous property donation. This was private land that could have been sold as a home site, so it’s great to have it in public ownership to preserve the pathway corridor along the old railroad right of way,” said Steve Stuebner, president of Valley County Pathways.

“We also want to thank Lake Irrigation District for working with us on an access agreement,” Stuebner said. “This allows Pathways to manage the district’s land along the RR ROW as a recreation trail. We are expecting to work on a new trail bypass project next summer.”

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Marvin Whiteman, now retired, ran a successful business in Boise for many years, plus he was a partner in the development of several McCall residential developments – Payette River Subdivision #1, #2 and #3, Aspen Ridge #1, #2 and #3, and Moonridge #1 and #2.

“Steve explained the vision of Valley County Pathways to me, and Carol and I felt that it would be appropriate to donate our property along the trail to the Pathways group so they can continue to work toward their goal of building a trail from McCall to Cascade,” Marvin Whiteman said.



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