BOISE -- A favorite spot of Treasure Valley hang gliders will be closed for a year, after a vote Tuesday night by the Boise City Council
The area is called Crow Hill, it's located within the Hammer Flat area northwest of Lucky Peak Reservoir.
The land is owned by the city of Boise, but a vote passed by the city council would allow the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to manage the land and will close the land to everyone for one year.
The hang gliders that fly in the area say before the city owned the land they had handshake agreements with previous owners to access the land to fly. Now they're worried their days of flying could be numbered.
I try to fly three to five days a week, said Marshall Sinclair, a hang glider.
On any given evening, when the conditions are just right you can find hang gliding enthusiasts flying high over the Hammer Flats area.
This hill is just really incredible, it's unlike any I've flown.I've flown all over the place and this hill has something really special to it, said Sinclair.
Now, hang gliders, who have been flying here for more than 35 years, are grounded.
The city of Boise purchased the 700-acre plot of land last year for $4.1 million before the previous owner went into foreclosure. The city bought the land with money from a 2001 Foothills levy.
On Tuesday evening the city council will voted on whether or not to enter into an agreement with the Department of Fish and Game. It approved the measure, meaning Fish and Game now has the authority to manage the property.
The idea is, for the first year of this agreement we'll establish a baseline inventory to gauge what the needs are of the wildlife and the vegetation in the area, said Adam Park, spokesman for Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.
In order to gather information about the environmental needs of the land, Fish and Game would close the land to recreation, including hang gliders, for a year.
It will be closed for the year for other recreational uses to protect the wildlife and allow the data to be collected, and then after the year period we will consider what other uses should be allowed that won't interfere with maintenance of the wildlife, said Park.
We're facing being shut down, it's kind of a bummer to our community obviously, we've had a long history of loving this area, said Sinclair.
The plan will go in effect immediately.
If someone is found on the land, they could get a citation from Fish and Game.
The city of Boise says Fish and Game originally wanted to purchase the land. That is something city says may happen in the future.