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.
"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. The construction of the rest of the park is largely depend on the results of the current impact fee study and the availability of future funding, Siddoway previously told the Meridian Press.