When Ridge to Rivers
hosted an open house in November 2015, the point was to kick off the beginning of a 10-year master plan for the Boise Foothills.
More than 60 people attended the meeting and another 2,700 people filled out an online survey about what they'd like to see in the future. One thing that came up again and again: trail connectivity.
The city heard the public loud and clear. At its regularly scheduled 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday, March 15, the Boise City Council will have the chance to approve another 160-acre purchase of foothills property for $650,000.
The funds to purchase the land will come from the 2001 foothills levy, which gave the city $10 million for protection and acquisition of open space in the foothills. About $1.3 million remains in the fund.
According to a news release from the city, the proposed acquisition of the Hawkins Ranch Property east of Bogus Basin Road will provide access between Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service land to the north, Daniels Creek trail easements to the south and west, and Stack Rock Reserve to the north.
"This is yet another great tract of foothills open space preserved for habitat and recreation," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. "These opportunities to set aside land for the next generations to enjoy are invaluable for enhancing Boise's celebrated livability."
In November 2015, Boise voters approved a second $10 million levy
to continue protecting open space, habitat and water quality around the Treasure Valley.