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BOISE -- The Eagle City Council held a public comment session Tuesday night on a proposed snow sport and wakeboard terrain park.

It was a full house at the meeting, as people spoke out both for and against this new proposed park.

Ryan Neptune from Gateway Parks, gave a short presentation on the company's plans for the park, and more than 20 people signed up to testify. Some concerns included worries about water use, noise, parking, traffic and the environment.

I've walked 2,291 miles last year on this trail, said John Bown, whose home sits near the proposed park site. Some of the animals that will probably be displaced is your badger, your fox, your coyote, the deer that come in, in the wintertime and eat the bitter brush. What's going to happen to them?

However, those in favor of the park say it will be good for the city and the economy, as well as beginners to the sports of snowboarding and wake boarding.

This is a good idea. We need this. Been teaching skiing here for 48 years and we've had a lot of silly little kids you wouldn't pay any attention to. They didn't have a good place to start. This would have done it, said ski instructor, Bob Young.

The proposed location for the park is half a mile north of East Floating Feather Road off of North Horseshoe Bend Road. It will take up seven acres at the Ada-Eagle Sports Complex. The park will include a terrain park, sled hill, snow-making equipment, water retention pond, and wake board cable park.

The mayor emphasized that there is no contract, and that this is just a proposal right now. The city still needs to work out specific details.

There was no vote taken at Tuesday night's meeting.

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