Ryan Neptune isn’t about to let any snow melt under his skis. He has cut a deal with the Idaho State Parks Eagle Island venue to test his snow terrain idea.
Plans for a snow park on land owned by Ada County and leased to the city of Eagle have hit the skids while commishes and Eagle officials bicker over use of the land and price of property in the event of a sale.
The new plan at the State of Idaho Eagle Island facility is to use the hill behind the water tube to make snow and create a small hill with two runs, one for tubes and sleds and perhaps, one for skis and boards. Using snow makers, the concessionaire will produce enough snow to create a pretty amazing snow play area. All snow gun equipment is portable, and can be removed after each use. A snowcat, just like what is used for grooming park and ski trails will be used to shape and prepare the snow for use.
Concessionaire Neptune will also be permitted to rent items (sleds and so forth) from the pavilion located near the bottom of the run. There will be a couple of features built into the snow such as humps and hills on the run for the skiers and boarders. The tube hill will be relatively simple to allow for small children to safely use.
There has been no modification of the park, with the exception of removing one larger tree, and three more small trees. The concession operator is required to compensate the park by planting additional trees. Other than that, there will be no physical features of the park altered.
The agreement with Mr. Neptune is for one year through a temporary concession permit. If at the end of the season, IDPR and Mr. Neptune feels the service worked well, they can pursue another, perhaps longer term agreement. If not, both parties chalk it up to “we tried something new and it wasn’t quite what we hoped for.”
The concession operation will provide 5% of gross receipts in revenue to the park and also hopefully increase park use during the slower winter months.
Water will be pumped from the lake and portable toilets will be available since the rest rooms are not heated for wintertime use.
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