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Boise to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Greenbelt

Posted: 1:04 PM, Mar 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-05 15:04:51-05

BOISE — The Boise River Greenbelt is 50 years old this year! To celebrate, the Boise Parks and Recreation Department and Boise City Department of Arts and History are planning a series of events -- and a community-driven storytelling campaign -- to honor the much-used pathway that runs along the Boise River

The first Greenbelt and Pathways Committee was appointed in 1969, marking the start of the city’s official work to acquire land and develop paths along the Boise River.

Over the next few months, the City of Boise will be collecting archival photos and stories that highlight the evolution of the Greenbelt -- from those early days up until the present.

Do you have any historical photos or information about the Greenbelt’s evolution? Do you have a unique story, video or iconic image of the pathway you’d like to share?

If so, city officials are urging you to fill out the form on the city’s web page for possible inclusion in a special exhibit curated by the department of Arts and History. You can find the from at: cityofboise.org/greenbelt-anniversary

Community groups and organizations who helped fundraise and build the Boise River Greenbelt into what it is today are also encouraged to share their stories using the online submission system. The city is also encouraging the community to share their favorite Greenbelt memories on social media using #BoiseGreenbelt50

To mark the anniversary, the City of Boise is planning a three-day community-wide celebration September 19-21, 2019. “There will be different events and activities for everyone who likes to walk, bike and enjoy the Boise River Greenbelt including historical talks, guided Greenbelt tours, a concert in Julia Davis Park and more. The city will release more details about these planned events in the coming months,” said Boise Parks and Rec spokesperson Bonnie Shelton.

“The Boise River Greenbelt is one of the most beloved parks in the city,” said Mayor Dave Bieter. “We look forward to celebrating its legacy and honoring those who have made this important community pathway what it is today.”