City of Eagle Improvement Projects
The Eagle Landing
On Friday, December 20th Eagle Mayor Stan Ridgeway and City Council Members Miranda Gold, Kenny Pittman, and Dr. Jill Mitchell declared the Eagle Landing officially open! The Mayor and Council Members were joined by city staff and members of the public for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. After the ceremony members of the community toured the new facilities.
The Eagle Landing is the new home of the Eagle Parks and Recreation and Museum offices, as well as a community center and the future site of the Eagle Museum of History and Preservation. The City of Eagle purchased the property in June of 2019 and recently finished renovations on two of the buildings. Work is ongoing at the future museum. The Parks and Recreation Staff moved into their new office space on December 9th. The Museum displays and staff will be on site by the end of December.
The City of Eagle is proud to be expanding services to our residents at this new location. The project has increased the office space available to city staff. Since forming in 2012 the Eagle Parks and Rec. Department has grown to 5 full-time staff, 4 of which were crammed into a conference room at Eagle City Hall. The office at the Eagle Landing will give our Parks and Rec staff more room to work on some of the City’s most popular events and programs like Eagle Fun Days and our new Youth Soccer League. The community center gives citizens so much more space for recreation programs and classes. The church on the property will house the museum. We are excited to be preserving the historic 1938 church and filling it with items and stories of historical significance to Eagle.
Thank you to everyone who attended the ribbon cutting!
Reid Merrill Park Splash Pad and Play Structure Replacement
On August 5, 2019, the City began the replacement of the splash pad and play structure at Reid Merrill Park. The new play structure and splash pad will open in the spring of 2020. The project includes a new play structure, swings, ADA accessible equipment, and a 60% increase in the size of the splash pad.
In late August, the City of Eagle gifted the old Reid Merrill Park play structures to the City of Wilder and completed the demolition of the concrete slab and backfilled where the old play structure previously located. The installation of the new play structure began in the first week of October.
Construction will be on hold until the weather warms up in late winter/early spring 2020. Though some of the play equipment looks complete, many of the safety features are not completed and the structure is not safe for use. Please be patient until the project is complete and certified for use.
In order to accommodate deliveries and installation equipment, the western parking lot entrance from E. Shore Drive will be closed on an as need basis to the general public. We ask that all park visitors, for their own safety, respect the construction fencing and enter only at the eastern entry. Parking (including handicap parking) will remain available from the eastern park entrance along E. Lake Shore Drive and from the public lot off E. Riverside Drive near the entrance to the Revel Apartments (see map). We appreciate the public's patience as we improve and enhance the park amenities in Reid Merrill Park.
Downtown Sidewalk Repairs and Safety Improvements
The City of Eagle worked with the Ada County Highway District to implement some necessary sidewalk repairs and safety improvements along State Street in Downtown Eagle between Olde Park Place and 2nd Street. The project included sidewalk edge grinding, replacement of sections of the curb, gutter, and sidewalk, as well as the removal of 4 trees within the downtown. Below are before and after images of some of the problem areas.
While the City does not take lightly the removal of trees, the safety of the pedestrians is of utmost importance. Trees are only being removed where no other alternative is available. All improvements are a temporary measure while the City and ACHD complete the design and construction of the State Street and Eagle Road intersection. The finished project will include the installation of new sidewalks, street trees with enhanced root protection, curb, and gutter from Olde Park Place east to 2nd Street. ACHD also plans to construct a quadrant intersection and widen Eagle Road between Plaza and State to 4 lanes with a center median. The timeline for that construction is in 2022.
Eagle Road Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge
In late September the City held an open house about the Ped-Bike bridge project. Click here to view the displays from the open house.
In early August crews cleared debris and trimmed trees along the west side of the Eagle Road Bridge over the north channel of the Boise River. The debris clearing was in preparation to dig test bores for the planned pedestrian and bicycle bridge. Bridge construction is tentatively scheduled for 2024, dependent on future funding.
Highway 44 Pedestrian Crossing
On September 10, 2019, the Eagle City Council accepted the pre-concept report for a grade-separated crossing of SH-44 East of Eagle Road. The pre-concept report reviewed the optimum location for a crossing and provide an overview of crossing options including bridges over and a tunnel under. The study is the first step in project development.
The City Council has directed staff to begin a public participation process to gage community preference for the crossing options and the public willingness to fund the project. Once completed the City will pursue funding for the project through both public and private sources. Check out the pre-concept study.
Nichoel Baird Spencer, Planner III, (208)939-0227, email@example.com