Eagle approves snow terrain park

csewell@idahostatesman.comAugust 27, 2013 

The Eagle City Council on Tuesday night approved an agreement with Ryan Neptune to build and operate a terrain park with snowboarding and wakeboarding features within the city's Eagle-Ada Sports Park off Horseshoe Bend Road.

Neptune, a Boise native and former U.S. National Boardercross champion, plans to have the $1 million, 7-acre snow park up and running by the end of the year.

Plans call for using snowmaking machines to create the snow for a tubing hill and a terrain park with jumps, rails and snow-sculpted features for boarders and skiers.

Neptune has helped design parks for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and U.S., World Cup and Grand Prix events.

The city's 15-year contract with Neptune is a concession agreement comparable to the agreement the city of Boise has with a private entity to operate the paddleboat rental at Julia Davis Park and the agreement Ada County has with a private entity to operate the float tube rental at Barber Park. The city's 300-acre park is on land it leases from Ada County. Under the lease agreement, Eagle can enter concession agreements.

All of the sports park's amenities, including skateboard park and bike trails, will remain open to the public, but lift tickets are required to ride the magic carpet or the wakeboard cable. The city will receive 10 percent of all ticket sales.

More details on the proposal are available here.

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