Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Boise City Council Considers Greenbelt Expansion

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

click to enlarge At last, a Greenbelt on both sides of the Boise River. - BOISE PARKS AND RECREATION
  • Boise Parks and Recreation
  • At last, a Greenbelt on both sides of the Boise River.

During the Boise City Council's work session on the afternoon of July 29, council members heard a presentation by Boise Parks and Recreation on filling a gap of the Greenbelt from Ann Morrison Park to Garden City's Greenbelt.

The project has been in the works for the past 15 years, and would complete the Greenbelt on the south side of the river—the Garden City side—filling in three-quarters of a mile. It'll cost a proposed $2.35 million, most of which would come from federal and local grants, including a $1.36 million federal grant awarded by the Idaho Department of Transportation, and a 7.4 percent match from the city's Trail and Open Space Impact Fees ($192,000). 

Two new underpasses will need to be built for the bicycle and pedestrian pathway, one at the Main Street bridge and one at the Fairview Avenue bridge, along with a pedestrian bridge over Settlers Irrigation Canal. The path will span on both public and private property, requiring easements from private landowners, but Parks and Recreation is confident those agreements could be reached.

Construction isn't slated to begin until fall 2015, and would extend into 2016, but the council affirmed the direction Parks and Recreation is taking to make the project happen.

"This is great," Mayor Dave Bieter said. "That stretch is perfect. It's just great."


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