The Boise Parks and Recreation Department will be completing repair projects along the Boise River Greenbelt and adjacent river bank during the coming months. The repair work is being completed following the historic flooding that damaged or eroded a number of Greenbelt sections in 2017.
“Due to a Disaster Declaration made by the federal government, the City of Boise was eligible to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to cover the cost of most of these repairs,” said Boise Parks and Rec spokesperson Bonnie Shelton. “Parks and Recreation team members have worked with FEMA officials to successfully file the necessary paperwork, and the City of Boise will be reimbursed for ninety percent of project costs to repair nineteen sections of river bank and Greenbelt damaged due to flooding. These repairs are necessary to protect the integrity of the pathways and adjacent river bank in the future.”
The first river bank repair project is scheduled to start in mid-December and is located near Boise State University.
The bulk of the river bank and Greenbelt repairs will be happening in January and February, when river flows are at their lowest. “We do not have a specific schedule of when projects will be starting just yet, as many are still out to bid,” Shelton explained.
Department crews are working to identify safe detours and alternative routes for all Greenbelt and river bank construction projects that will include a path closure.
Officials encourage commuters and Greenbelt users to attend a community meeting on Dec. 6th at 7 p.m. in the Marion Bingham room at the Main Library at 715 S. Capitol Blvd. to learn more about each repair project -- and provide feedback on potential detours and alternative routes of travel. Boise Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the upcoming construction projects.
The status of each repair project will be updated over the next several months on an interactive map that is now live on our Department’s website, parks.cityofboise.org.
In addition, community members can follow our Boise River Greenbelt Facebook page for project updates,” Shelton said.
“And any questions about construction or a specific repair project can be sent to: BPR@cityofboise.org.”