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Upgrades to large McCall park possible as city considers open space plan

The McCall City Council heard an update on the parks and recreation open space plan during its latest work session.

The plan encourages the conservation of open space and identifies future potential projects. Once the plan is finalized, the city hopes to adopt it in the spring and move forward on some of the projects.

One of the potential projects includes developing the 35-acre and mostly undeveloped Riverfront Park off Mission Street. The concept plan mentions a 50,000-square-foot recreation and aquatics center, walking paths, multi-use fields, and pickleball courts. 

McCall Mayor Bob Giles commented that this area- and many other undeveloped parks- could be a good space to incorporate incentivized housing.

“There’s 35 acres, and the practicality of some incentivized housing because housing is such an issue,” he said.

Some of the challenges the plan identified by developing this park include funding and steep slopes.

Council members also heard about potential neighborhood parks for residential areas that lack park access. 

Broken Ridge is an almost 3-acre parcel that was identified as a potential neighborhood park. It sits along Boydstun Street and Karen Street. Opportunities listed for the park include walking paths, picnic areas, art, and an informal field. 

Lick Creek park could be developed on 4.5 acres of land near Lick Creek Road. The plan shows that the park could have a community garden, picnic areas, art, and walking paths. 

The potential neighborhood park development challenges included wetlands, storm drain retention, and concerns surrounding neighbors’ privacy. 

The parks department will look for additional public comments and feedback this winter and spring. 

Park opportunities map courtesy of the City of McCall.

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Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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