August 13, 2018 (Moscow, Idaho) —
The City of Moscow is proud to host an official celebration of the newest addition to the Moscow park system, Indian Hills Park on August 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the park. This event is free and open to the public and will include an official ribbon cutting and light refreshments.
Indian Hills Park is located on the northeast side of the intersection of Blaine Street and Indian Hills Drive south of the Troy Highway in Moscow, Idaho. The park includes playgrounds for 2-5 year olds, 5-12 year olds and swings for each age group. The park also features tile safety surfacing, an accessible path to the playgrounds, and recently completed landscaping.
The Moscow Parks and Recreation Department underwent a robust public input process providing citizens the ability to recommend their preferred playground through a public voting process conducted both on-line and in-person. The results of the voting process was reported to the Moscow Parks and Recreation Commission which was then recommended for approval and officially confirmed by the City Council on June 19, 2017.
Funding for the project was primarily from the Hamilton Fund bequest to the City of Moscow by Bob Hamilton for the benefit of youth recreation in Moscow in 2000. Previous projects supported by the fund included the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center and the Hamilton-Lowe Aquatics Center, as well as some operational funding for those facilities. On May 15, 2017, the City Council approved Resolution 2017-07, which designated that the remaining balance of Hamilton Funds be designated for the construction of playgrounds and accessible paths in the City's parks. Indian Hills Park is one of several undeveloped Moscow parks identified by the Moscow City Council as priority properties for use of Hamilton Funds. This specific project was then presented to Council on June 19, 2017, for confirmation of the required transfer of $140,000 funds for the project. This project is also made possible by a generous donation of $25,000 from Bill Parks, long-time Moscow citizen and is the result of a parkland dedication and donation made by the Thompson family.