Garden City has released a feasibility study for converting the Garden City Nature Path on the north bank of the Boise River into a multi-use path. The study provides a logistical background for updating the trail, and provides voters with a cost-benefit analysis as they consider ballot initiatives A and B.
Garden City commissioned a third party, The Land Group Inc., to produce the report, which the City Council presented Monday at Garden City City Hall.
The report details how—and at what cost—a multi-purpose path may arise from the Nature Path. It estimates that updating the trail would cost more than $1.1 million and would take four to six months to complete.
Citizens for an Open Greenbelt, a pro-multi-use group, disputed elements of The Land Group's findings, including the necessity for paving the path as part of the proposed expansion, citing a five-mile stretch of Eagle's Greenbelt that is unpaved.
"Rather than using taxpayer’s money wisely, Garden City wants to keep spending their citizens’ money on something that is not necessary or wise in this economy," the group said in an email.
According to the report, paving the stretch of path would reduce maintenance costs in the long run:
"Because unpaved surfaces require more maintenance, provide less than adequate traction, and do not meet accessibility requirements; [sic] all-weather paved surfaces are the preferred choice for shared use paths."