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Greenbelt Bridge Linking Garden City To Boise Reopens After Two Years

Ribbon cutting at the Plantation Island Bridge
Brooklyn Riepma
Boise State Public Radio
Members of the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands cut the ribbon to announce the reopening of the Plantation Island Bridge.

The Plantation Island Bridge connects a bike path across the Boise River. It links the greenbelt in Garden City to the one in Boise. But two years ago, after heavy snowpack eroded it, the bridge began to wash away.



The Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday to celebrate the reopening of the bridge.


"As you can see as you walk across the bridge today, they did a fabulous job," says Judy Peavey-Derr with the Foundation.


She says earlier this year, they received the $260,000 in donations they needed to build it. Construction crews worked throughout the winter months to finish it.


People on the bridge
Credit Brooklyn Riepma / Boise State Public Radio
Boise State Public Radio
People on the Greenbelt started using the Plantation Island Bridge as soon as it reopened.

William Gigray is with the Foundation for Ada and Canyon Trail Systems, one of the funders.

"The Greenbelt system and pathway throughout this valley is one of the big icons that this valley has for recreational purposes, for everyone living here and also for purposes of persons wanting to travel to this area," he says.

Gigray says the next goal is to connect the greenbelts to Eagle Island State Park. Eventually, he says, the foundations want to see a pathway that stretches all the way to Star and Caldwell.

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