The first 27 acres of Discovery Park in south Meridian are now open to the public.

At full build-out, the regional park will have 77 acres. The first phase has a climbing wall modeled after Idaho topography, dual zip lines, roller slides, a splash pad, fenced dog park, specialty gardens, illuminated softball fields, and more.

Taking inspiration from all over Idaho, Discovery Park has incorporated some iconic symbols within its architecture such as the state bird, flower, and tree, according to a press release from the city. There’s a sand and water play area that teaches kids about water flow and dams while they build sandcastles.

Discovery is on south side of Lake Hazel Road between Locust Grove and Eagle roads.

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“Discovery Park will continue to expand with additional recreation facilities and amenities as its future phases are developed over time,” Meridian Parks and Recreation Director Steve Siddoway said in a press release. “Discovery Park is very much in keeping with our mission to enhance our community’s quality of life by providing innovative parks, connected pathways, and diverse recreational opportunities that allow residents and visitors alike to create lasting memories.”

The total cost of phase one was $8.3 million. Meridian Parks and Recreation is asking for $715,000 design phase two of Discovery Park. The timeline for constructing phase two will depend on the design of the project and getting funding approved by the city.

Staff anticipate phase two having two to three lit softball fields, additional parking, activities for teens, open grass, pathways and all required road improvements, Siddoway previously told the Meridian Press.

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