About Memory Park

Having been visitors to Ketchum since the late 1940's, in 1974, Jim and Barbara decided to become residents. As they witnessed the remarkable growth of Ketchum, they also yearned to see more protected areas, free of buildings: what better way to express this dream than a park right on Main Street!

During the initial stages, when the park was just a sketch, it was jokingly referred to as "Parque del Padrino" ("Godfather Park").

When the park opened, it was filled with children, and Jim expressed his joy seeing the kids running in and out of the water park, chasing the bursts of water, getting wet and screaming in fun!

The James & Barbara Cimino Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting education and conservation, as well as to encourage and promote the preservation of open spaces and natural systems on which all life depends.

We would like to thank the City of Ketchum for their kind support
Loving father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather:
James Nunzio Cimino

After he passed away in 2012, Ketchum resident and noted philanthropist Jim Cimino left a legacy of generosity in the Wood River Valley, Puerto Rico and elsewhere.

James N. Cimino was born January 24, 1920, in Savanna, Illinois. In the late 1950s he joined, and later purchased, Plaza Provision Company in Puerto Rico, transforming it into a leading food and beverage distribution company in the Caribbean.

Plaza Provision, now over 100 years in business, provides funding for health care and education programs in Puerto Rico, as well as food and other supplies for the needy and homeless. When Mr. Cimino retired, he began spending more time in the Wood River Valley with his wife, Barbara, who died in 2001.