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The Boise River Greenbelt Turns 50

Scott Graf/ Boise State Public Radio

For years, the Boise area has become known for its winding 25-mile pedestrian and bicycle path, but the Greenbelt was once just a vision of a city council member.

This week, the City of Boise is throwing this beloved pathway quite the anniversary party.

Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway says the Greenbelt has become a vital part of the city’s fabric.

“We’re just really looking forward to spending three days honoring and celebrating the 50 years that the belt has been here," says Holloway.

Back in the 60s, the Boise River was a dumping ground for sewage and industrial waste. Then, city councilmember Bill Onweiler lobbied for a pathway along the river that would connect communities. Today, the Greenbelt is a unique gemstone of the Boise and Garden City communities — serving river floaters, dog walkers and bikers alike.

Holloway says the Greenbelt is also a crucial part of the city’s transportation system. 

“Those who are commuting in and out of Boise from different parts of the city, different neighborhoods, they rely on the Greenbelt for that connection to get into town."

The weekend includes activities from a jazz concert to a fun run to a food truck rally. The celebration kicks off Thursday night and runs through Sunday evening at various locations around downtown Boise, and of course, along the Greenbelt. 

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