Boise Greenbelt

Boise Parks and Recreation

Perhaps no other holiday is more associated with spending the day in a park than the Fourth of July. But this Independence Day is unlike any other, due to COVID-19 which has caused the cancellation of a fireworks spectacular.  That said, the Boise River Greenbelt, all city parks, city-owned golf courses, some of the Esther Simplot aquatic center and more than 200 miles of Boise Foothills trails will all be open.

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.

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio


The Boise Greenbelt turns 50 this year. The iconic pathway that hugs the Boise River is used by walkers, runners, cyclists, scooter users and more. But with different construction happening on the 25-mile path and new development with riverside businesses in places like Garden City, one Boise woman found it’s not always easy to know the best way to from point A to point B. So, she worked with developers to create a new app that navigates and celebrates the Greenbelt.

 

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The project proposed by the Ada County Highway District, or ACHD, would connect two popular Boise landmarks — Camel’s Back Park and the Greenbelt. The bikeway would run between Heron Street and State Street.

 

Ribbon cutting at the Plantation Island Bridge
Brooklyn Riepma / Boise State Public Radio

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.

 

 

Boise River, Flooding
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Boise’s Greenbelt system is still healing after significant flooding during the spring of 2017. That means a long list of closures over the next several months.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

A federal fund that helps protect public recreation spaces in Idaho may not get renewed by Congress.