Eagle’s City Council approved a deal Tuesday that could put a commercial snowboard concession on land the city leases from Ada County off Horseshoe Bend Road. It relies on snowmaking technology.
According to Idaho Statesman coverage, the city’s 15-year contract with Ryan Neptune is a concession agreement comparable to the agreement the city of Boise has with a private entity to operate the paddleboat rental at Julia Davis Park and the agreement Ada County has with a private entity to operate the float tube rental at Barber Park.
We checked out a Neptune park project in Michigan which has been in operation for a year. Officials at Ingham County say Neptune is a great guy and the park director said he would like to, “have him as a brother.”
All of the Eagle sports park’s amenities, including skateboard park and bike trails, will remain open to the public, but lift tickets are required to ride the magic carpet or the wakeboard cable. The city will receive 10 percent of all ticket sales.
It will be interesting to see how building permits for any structures are handled since the land is not within the Eagle city limits and apparently is subject to county planning and zoning.
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