Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Beer for Whitewater

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 1:18 PM

2626/1247599566-39050842.jpgIf you’re one of the kayakers who is anxiously awaiting the creation of the new river recreation park, you’d better make plans to head down to Alive After Five every Wednesday in August.

Don’t follow?

Boise Friends of Parks will be staffing the beer and wine booth at the evening concert series throughout the month, and all tips collected will be split between the new whitewater park and the Boise Fire Department’s Burn Out Fund.

While construction on the park, set to be located near the Waterfront District at the end of 36th Street, and the upcoming Esther Simplot Park has yet to begin, fundraising is ticking along.

Friends of the Park has raised $2.25 million to date with plans to raise $4.5 million more. The City of Boise has pledged $750,000 so far, and is actively seeking donors to pony up.

The city has recently cleared one hurdle—it has reached agreements with the first of several irrigation companies with claims along the stretch of the river which will be home to the whitewater park. With the agreement in place, the city can now apply for construction permits for the first phase of the project.

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