City of Boise/Albertson Foundation to grow park

Posted at 2:11 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 00:03:49-04

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has announced a $3.5 million grant will be awarded to finish phase two of the Boise River Park located in downtown Boise’s West End.

The money will help construct three new waves, a slalom course, improved river access for the community, river hazard removal, floodway improvements, river access from Veteran’s Pond and a viewing plaza.

“Our strategy is to invest in projects and ideas that can transform communities,” said Albertson Family Foundation Executive Director Roger Quarles. “There is no doubt that this project will jumpstart the West End economically and provide world-class recreation opportunities for visitors and the more than 45,500 residents who live within walking distance of the park.”

Phase one of the park opened in 2012 after the foundation gave $1.7 million.

The City of Boise has announced that they will match the $3.5 million for a total project cost of $12.2 million.

“The Boise River Park is already helping to redefine Boise and downtown’s west end in profound ways,” Bieter said. “With the generosity of the Albertson Family Foundation, we will continue to build on the park’s success by creating a uniquely Boise recreation experience, while spurring further investment in a neighborhood with extraordinary potential.”