Eagle completes purchase of parkland from Ada County

csewell@idahostatesman.comApril 11, 2014 

— After months of meetings, negotiations and paperwork, the city of Eagle finally closed Friday on purchasing a portion of the Ada-Eagle Sports Complex Park from Ada County.

The city purchased 48.83 acres from the county for $172,190.50.

Part of the land the city purchased includes the BMX park and section of land to be used for a snow park, which Ryan Neptune and his company, Gateway Parks, will build and operate. Neptune built a comparable snow park at Eagle Island State Park this winter. The state and Neptune recently signed a ten-year agreement to operate the snow park at Eagle Island.

For more than a decade, the city has had a 99-year, no-cost lease with the county to improve and operate the 267-acre park, located off Horseshoe Bend Road. Last summer a dispute arose between the two agencies when the city entered an agreement with Gateway Parks to build a snowboard and terrain park at the park. The county said this was not allowed under the lease agreement. To resolve the dispute the county agreed to sell some of the park to the city.

With this purchase complete, Eagle Parks and Recreation will maintain trails within its property; Ada County will take over management of the remaining 218 acres.

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