Celebrating 50 years of the Boise Greenbelt by digging up a time capsule

Posted at 1:26 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 15:26:13-04

BOISE, Idaho — Boise city leaders dug up a time capsule that was buried twenty years ago, it's part of a celebration that marks 50 years of Boise's iconic Greenbelt.

The time capsule contained historical documents, pictures, a dog leash, a fanny pack, a Boise Parks & Rec watch, magazine articles and the original plans for the Greenbelt.

Patti Murphy used to work with Boise Parks & Rec Department and she put the time capsule together back in 1999.

“It’s just so exciting to see this actually come out of the ground intact," said Murphy. "I have to admit over the past 20 years I wondered if it was just going to be mush."

The history of the Greenbelt runs deep and even before the city, the Kiwanis Club, Bill Onweiler and countless others made the Greenbelt a reality 50 years ago, the dream started with an idea.

“A lot of people were involved in it and dad had the idea," said David Eichmann who's father Gordon co-founded the Kiwanis Club. "He said wouldn’t it be great if we could clean it up.”

Today, the Greenbelt continues to be a place for people to recreate and a crowning jewel for the City of Boise.

The celebration continues on Saturday with a fun run, a food truck rally in Ann Morrison Park and that will be followed by a free jazz concert that starts at six.

For more information on the celebration click here.