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Boise River Recreation Park :В Phase I complete!

One of the most beloved and unique features of Boise, the Boise River & Greenbelt, has further solidified its reputation as a little sliver of riverfront heaven with the completion of Phase I of the Boise River Recreation Park!

Located near 3400 Pleasanton Ave. between Main Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway, the area has long been neglected since its days as an industrial site. Former uses as a concrete plant, gravel pit and slaughter house had left the area not only unsightly but marginal for wildlife and fish habitat as well as just plain unsafe.

Revitalization began with rebuilding of The Therman Mill Diversion Dam, the largest feature of what will be a 1,900 linear foot water park. The dam was built with state of the art Wave Shaper technology & up to 3 separate waves that adjust to varying seasonal water flows. This means the whitewater park can provide a year-round high quality recreation experience and is expected to become a major destination for river park enthusiasts. A new section of Greenbelt pathway has also been completed, including a concrete overlook at the site of the in-river Wave Shaper features. They’ve even installed a Wave-Cam at the site so you can take a peek at the live action! http://www.idahoriversports.com/wavecam.asp

Not into whitewater sports? Not to worry! All the stream enhancements will attract fish to the area which will be open to anglers both during the boating season & during the off-season. Later phases of the park will include more in-river features, pedestrian viewpoints & integration with the Esther Simplot Park.

Phase II: Esther Simplot Park construction is scheduled to begin later this year & will feature natural areas, fishing ponds, playgrounds, picnic areas & shelters, pathways & sports fields. It will create an integrated river and wildlife recreation area spanning Quinn Park (just east of the Boise River Recreation Park) downriver to Veterans Park.

Phase III: The Park will be expanded to include in-river drops and chutes for a total Вј mile recreational experience in the river. Money is still being raised to add restroom and changing facilities in Simplot Park near the river put-in & to develop the design for the park downstream of the rebuilt dam.

The goal of transforming this area of the river into a more natural riparian setting and improving fish habitat as well as stimulating economicВ  development and providing a convenient location for water sports enthusiasts is well on its way.

Boise Mayor David H. Bieter invites the public to join him for a community celebration at the site on June 28. (You can find more information on the park, the mayor’s celebration or fundraising at:
http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Parks/ParksAndFacilities/Parks/page18154.aspx

With the weather beginning to entice us outdoors, it’s a great time to take in the changes happening at the Recreation Park and all the other recreational opportunities, wildlife & scenic views you’ll encounter in an afternoon on the Greenbelt. It is truly a unique treasure!