Eagle Island snow park closes for season, but it will be back next year

csewell@idahostatesman.comMarch 13, 2014 

Warmer temperatures mean winter is drawing to an end and it is time to close down the popular snow park at Eagle Island State Park.

But fear not boarder and tubers, next winter you will have not one, but two snow parks.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation board last month approved a 10-year agreement with Gateway Parks to operate a snow park at Eagle Island Park.

"Gateway Parks is responsible for all improvements and utilities associated with the snow park and will pay IDPR 7 percent of the gross revenue collected," said Eagle Island State Park manager Gary Shelley.

Later this month, the city of Eagle expects to finalize its purchase of 52 acres at the Ada-Eagle Sports Park off Horseshoe Bend Road. Part of the land the city is purchasing will be used for a snow park, which Ryan Neptune and his company, Gateway Parks, will build and operate. The city will receive 10 percent of gross revenue collected.

The city had planned to open the snow park this winter, but it ran afoul of its lease agreement with Ada County. The city manages the 267-acre county-owned park. To resolve the dispute the county agreed to sell some of the park to the city.

Eagle City Council President Mary McFarland said Neptune will start work on the snow park this summer and have it ready to go when winter rolls back around.

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