BOISE RIVER PARK COMING ROUND THE BEND
Two fundraising events will take place at Alpenglow Mountain Sports in the next week to support the proposed Boise River Recreation Park, formerly known as Idaho White Water Park. Following several encouraging public meetings about design and development over the last year, Boise Parks and Recreation superintendent Tom Governale reports, "We have a preliminary design [for the park], and what we're working on now is funding to get the final engineering and actually start construction on the facility."
The world-class park, set to inhabit the Boise River near an old concrete factory between Clocktower Park and Veteran's Pond, has been a dream of local paddlers and businesses for years. Only recently, with the release of plans by famed river recreation park designer Gary Lacy, has the park seemed close to becoming a reality. Although Esther Simplot recently made a generous one million dollar donation to the park, Governale reports that Boise Parks and Recreation will need "a minimum of at least $300,000 more to complete only the first section of the park. The whole project is probably going to cost another million dollars. The bottom line is that we don't have the money right now and there are a number of things that still need to fall in place, but realistically we hope to have raised enough within a year to start construction."
The two fundraising events will take place at Alpenglow Mountain Sports, 2314 Bogus Basin Road. On Friday, April 23, Alpenglow will hold a raffle and show a video at 7 p.m. On Saturday April 24, the shop will hold its annual kayak and boat swap. Proceeds from both events will benefit the park. Call Alpenglow at 331-BOAT for more information.
ADVENTURE RACERS UNITE
The Idaho Adventure Racing Club is looking for members. The club, started by aficionados Joell Ramirez and Lance Daniels, will hold its first meeting at the end of this month in order to promote, expand and educate about the sport, as well "provide therapy programs for hurt racers, insurance support for racing, sponsorship, all the way down to just having a good group of people to network and work out with," according to Daniels.
For those unfamiliar with adventure racing, Daniels sums up the extreme sport succinctly: "It's like triathlon meets orienteering meets sleep deprivation. We'll do climbing, paddling, lots of bikes, running and even ropes courses." The most famous adventure race is The Eco-Challenge, a 300-mile free-for-all which runs annually in exotic global locales, but Daniels has also been involved with races taking place in Idaho. "Sun Valley has been the most common location," he explains, "but you can do it virtually anywhere here. We have terrific terrain for this kind of sport, so we shouldn't have to go to Tahoe or British Columbia to compete."
For a $25 dollar fee potential racers will receive membership in the Idaho club, affiliation with national racing organizations and be kept on the leading edge of any Idaho events. "We're going to start small with a sprint later this year: 24 hours, starting at midnight, run until the following midnight," Daniels explains. "We'd also like to be able to eventually offer an expedition-level race, similar to the Eco-Challenge." The club will meet on March 24 at Crusty's Pizza, 1133 East Lake in McCall. For more perspective on adventure racing, go to www.usara.com or just stand in the rain for a few days.
The little plastic World Cup
Boise Foosball League is holding a tournament on Saturday, April 24 at the Crescent "No-Lawyers" Bar and Grill on Franklin Road. Three different types of competitions will take place: Pro-Am Doubles, in which a player chooses their own partner, Roto doubles, in which a partner is blindly drawn and a handicapped singles tournament. The entry fee for the doubles is $20 per team, $5 for roto and $7 for single competitors. All fees will factor into the winner's prizes. For more information about the tournament or Boise foosball in general contact league president Tim Cisners at 322-4223.