New, separate snow park to open in Eagle this year

EAGLE, Idaho (KBOI) - With delays holding up the Ada-Eagle Sports Complex terrain park, the company in charge is opening an additional snow park in Eagle this year.

Gateway Parks says it's been working with the State of Idaho for about a month to get work started on the new snow park, which is taking shape at Eagle Island State Park.

"It kind of developed organically when we got through the city of Eagle process and then started running into delays from Ada County," construction manager George Transtrum said.

Progress on the larger Ada-Eagle sports complex has been stalled, but Transtrum said the company wants to make sure snow bunnies in the Treasure Valley still get a place to play this year.

"It doesn't matter what mother nature is doing, we're going to have snow here," he said.

That's because the company will make their own snow with water from a pond at the park. Then they'll haul it up onto the hillside where the snow park will sit. Gateway Parks says the hill will be two to three times smaller than many other hills they build, but still think it will be a hit.

"It's going to be perfect for families to get a feel for what's going on," Transtrum said. "We think this is going to be a great value and venue for the community."

The finished slope will have space for a tubing hill and terrain features for skiers and boarders

"I think it's a great idea," Nampa resident Autumn Irwin said. "I have a little four-year-old and it's kind of hard getting her all the way up to Bogus to do those kinds of things, so if it was closer it'd be a lot easier to take her out."

Gateway Parks says there is little cost to the snow park, but that they're footing the bill for equipment. The only thing you will have to pay is the $5 admission fee to get into the park.

"It would be great to have," Eagle resident James Wittenberg said. "There are a lot of great things happening in this park and in the winter, I think it's great. When the snow comes in and its on the hill its very popular with the families to sled and tube here."

The company plans to start making snow tonight. Now, they are just waiting on remaining equipment to arrive. Transtrum said it will only take about half of a day to get the snow up onto the hill and groomed. He hopes they can have the snow park up and running shortly after Christmas.

The park is running on a one-year deal with the state right now, but it could be open every year depending on public support.