No decision for Eagle Sports Complex yet; buying land is out

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Ada County Commissioners and Eagle City Council members began their Eagle Sports Complex discussion meeting and agreed that a decision regarding the park will not be made just yet.

Instead, leaders will continue an ongoing discussion of how to move forward with the planned park, and figure out what's on and off the table at this point. in the first half of the meeting, Eagle Mayor, James Reynolds, made the announcement that the city does not want to buy they land, but instead negotiate the lease that's already in place.

"It was not our intention to purchase the property," Mayor Reynolds said.

The land under debate is off of Horseshoe Bend Road in the Boise foothills. Ada County owns the land and leases it to the City of Eagle. In August, Eagle City leaders agreed to let developer, Ryan Neptune, to put in a year round sports complex on about seven acres of the land, including a terrain park.

But Ada County said it's not allowed under the lease agreement to use the land for a profit.

On Wednesday night, the public was asked to weigh in on whether they even want the park in the area. A majority of people in attendance showed their support for the park because they said it will give them something to do and bring people from other towns to the area.

But residents who own homes right next to the park still have concerns.

"We up on the hill can hear the BMX races and the announcing," said Laura Romick, a neighbor. "Now that's just with the races. I can't imagine when the lights take away our stars. And the noise of the seven snow cannon. All I'm saying is, once this begins that area will never be the same."