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Meridian asks residents to unplug for week of activities; Tamarack expands bike season

Idaho Fish and Game’s Take Me Fishing trailer will make a couple of appearances during Unplug and Be Outside.
Idaho Fish and Game’s Take Me Fishing trailer will make a couple of appearances during Unplug and Be Outside. ccripe@idahostatesman.com

Meridian Parks and Recreation will host its fifth annual Unplug and Be Outside event beginning Saturday. The eight-day event runs through the following Saturday, April 29.

The kickoff celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Storey Park.

There are more than 40 activities during the week, including outdoor photography, lacrosse, disc golf, rugby, fishing, golf, football, soccer, tennis, bird watching, hiking, mountain biking and several arts-related activities. The finale is the Treasure Valley Kite Festival. Check out the schedule here.

“Unplug and Be Outside is full of free activities designed to inspire and empower families to get off the couch and be more active. Want to test drive a new activity to see what it’s like? This event is loaded with opportunities to try a new sport, participate in a new activity, or visit a new place,” Steve Siddoway, Meridian Parks and Recreation Director, said in a press release.

Tamarack expands bike season

The Tamarack Bike Park will have an extended season this year, beginning June 24. The park will be open weekends through Oct. 1 — four weeks longer than last season. Plus, season-pass holders get two free days of riding at Silver Mountain in Kellogg. Season passes are $99 through May 1. Check out Tamarack’s video above for an idea of what to expect from its bike trails.

Bruneau Dunes’ carp kill succeeds

Big Lake at Bruneau Dunes State Park was treated to kill the carp that had taken over the lake. A recent check of the lake revealed the carp population has been decimated, The Times-News reports. Bluegill will be added this year, followed by bass.

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