Athletes in Eagle could get a new sports complex

EAGLE, Idaho (KBOI) - Athletes in Eagle could eventually get some more playing space. Eagle's Department of Parks and Recreation says it's been hearing from parents and coaches for years that there aren't enough sports fields in town. Parks and Recreation Director Mike Aho says now, the city may be headed toward taking steps to fix the issue.

"There are so many kids participating, and so few fields," Aho said. "We have heard from folks saying 'yes, we want these fields.'"

Sports leagues in the area say overcrowding due to a shortage of fields hinders players' ability to practice and compete.

"It's pretty crowded," said Brad Surkamer, Eagle High School Men's Lacrosse Club's Vice President. "Eight, nine, ten teams after school every day practicing at a middle school."

Teams that don't practice at Eagle Middle School turn to places like parks, church yards, or wherever else they can find space. Sometimes that even means traveling to different cities.

"We're pretty much spread pretty thin," said Paul Venosdel, a West Valley Little League board member, team manager and assistant coach. "It sure would be nice to be all in one complex."

To try and fix the issue, Aho is presenting a plan before Eagle City Council that asks for a task force that would look into building a new sports complex. The group would be made up of volunteers like sports team leaders, members of parks and pathways and a land developer.

The group would look further into how many new fields would be built, where they would go, and how much they would cost. From there, the city would be given a better idea of what kind of expansion is feasible.