Boise Greenbelt gets new small park

Posted at 10:18 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 00:18:19-04

BOISE — The greenbelt is part of what makes Boise special and this year the popular path is celebrating its 50th anniversary. One group is working to finish a portion of the greenbelt with a rich history.

John biggs who is heading up the project says it was where the U.S. Army camped in 1863 to find the site for Fort Boise. The area is called Government Island. It's near where the Oregon short line railroad trains crossed the Trestle Bridge on the way to downtown Boise.

Three rotary clubs are working on the project called Rotary Park on the Greenbelt. The section of the greenbelt lies between Joe's Crab Shack and Ann Morrison park. Back in the 1930s the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons and Daughters of Idaho Pioneers placed many monuments all over Idaho. The project includes restoring a nearby monument and moving it to the rotary park.

Biggs says they had a huge set back two years ago.

"The most significant delay we had was the flooding of the Boise River two years ago. Even though it didn't affect our site, it put everything that the city parks and recreation department was working on the back burner."

On the site, there will be park benches, a bike repair stand, a little free library, and interpretive signs. The rotary club plans to complete the park this summer and they are selling commemorative bricks to finish the final stretch of the project. For more information head here,