Study estimates it will cost over $1 million to improve Garden City greenbelt
The City of Garden City is citing an independent feasibility study completed by The Land Group, Inc. that indicates that the cost to Garden City residents for improving the Garden City Nature Path to the standard that would be required by the potential passage of Initiatives A and B would be $1.143 million.
The study was commissioned by the City of Garden City regarding Initiatives which are being placed on the November ballot.
"Initiative A would repeal the long standing pedestrians-only distinction of the nature path, which is 1.48 mile wildlife preserve on the north bank of the Boise River. Over the last five years substantial conflicting information about the path has been disseminated through the media and other outlet," said the city. "An independent study was deemed necessary to provide an objective analysis of this complex issue."
The Land Group study estimated the costs for making the improvements necessary to improve the Garden City Nature Path to the point where it would be suitable for bikes and other non-motorized traffic; could sustain the commuter status mandated in Initiative A; and be in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Included in the $1.143 million estimate are costs for, among others, demolition and excavation to widen the path to meet standards, surveying, tree additions/removals, up to four new bridges, asphalt paving and wetlands delineation and mitigation. Cost estimates for additional easement purchases, legal fees for any eminent domain proceedings and other permits are not included.
“Input from The Land Group was solicited in the interests of providing Garden City voters, taxpayers, and citizens the breadth of knowledge required to make an informed decision on the merits of these initiatives,” said Garden City Mayor John Evans. “The Land Group is a highly regarded, highly qualified independent source with extensive experience in this area”.