Tucked between the Boise River, Eagle Island State Park and the Foothills, Eagle is prime for recreational adventures, says its mayor. In addition to bike parks, hiking and equestrian trails, four golf courses and a new snowboard and tubing park, a 24-court tennis facility is in the works along with a plan for a motor-sports and racing complex.
The citys park and trail offerings will increase with the annexation of the 23,000-acre Avimor planned community, planned for later this year, and construction of M3s 6,000-acre Spring Valley planned community, slated to begin this year.
The City of Adventure, said Mayor Jim Reynolds during his annual state of the city speech Tuesday. That really fits.
Other highlights from Reynolds speech:
- With a population of nearly 22,000 people, Eagle is the third-largest city in Ada County and the fifth-largest in the Treasure Valley. Once again, we are the safest city in the Valley, Reynolds said, citing the citys low crime rate. The city also boasts one of the lowest property tax rates in the state.
- City revenue increased 14 percent last year to $8.4 million.
- New home permits increased 28.5 percent in 2013. In 2009, the city issued 36 permits; last year it issued 296.
- The city issued 46 new business licenses last year.
- The Gardner Co. and Edgewood Groups senior living center, Edgewood Spring Creek, is under construction on Flint Drive. It will include 47 independent- living patio homes, 70 assisted living units and a clubhouse.
- The popular Boise Philharmonic Picnic at the Pops series will return to Eagle this summer to a new location: Eagle Island Park.
- A city survey found 96 percent of respondents want more public art. I think we can expect that in the future, Reynolds said.
- Preliminary plans are in the works for a motor-sports complex in the foothills north of Eagle. The facility would include several types of car tracks and courses and a go-cart track along with an auto parts manufacturing and testing facility. Our goals are high, but we think they are achievable, Reynolds said.
Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell