Ada County wants to hear from public on proposed terrain park

December 4, 2013 

Ada County is holding a public meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, to gather public comment on proposed and future uses of the county-owned Ada-Eagle Sports Complex, which is leased to the city of Eagle.

Eagle has a 99-year, no-cost lease with Ada County for the 263-acre park off Horseshoe Bend Road.

In late August the city approved a contract with Ryan Neptune to build a tubing and snowboard terrain park on about seven acres.

Neptune will pay for all equipment and improvements, in exchange the city will receive 10 percent of all lift ticket sales.

The city says the terrain park contract is allowed under the lease agreement; the county says it is not.

As a possible solution to the dispute, the county in early October offered to sell some or all of the park to Eagle. The county has been waiting for the city to get an appraisal before it can begin sale negotiations.

Before making any decisions the county wants to know what the public thinks about potential recreational uses for or sale of the property, which is considered undevelopable landfill buffer space.

Both county and city officials will make presentations at the meeting, which will be held in the main floor hearing room of the Ada County Courthouse, 200 W. Front St. Free parking is available in the east side parking lot after 5 p.m.

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