Plantation Island Bridge is back open, reconnecting the Greenbelt

Posted at 2:35 AM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 23:49:20-04

GARDEN CITY, Idaho — The final repairs to the Garden City Greenbelt, damaged during the historic flooding of Snowmageddon in 2017, progressed faster than expected.

The Idaho Foundation for Parks and Land held a grand opening for the Plantation Island Greenbelt Bridge today at 10:30 a.m. The celebration took place at the same location where the bridge was hoisted into place at Remington Street in Garden City.

At the ribbon-cutting and grand opening, the Foundation recognized several large donors who made the $225,000 project possible including Linda Yanke, the Don McCarter Family and the Foundation for Ada/Canyon Trail Systems.

It was Linda Yanke's donation that allowed the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Land to secure a FEMA grant and save the bridge that Ron Yanke, Linda's late husband donated back in 1990.

This part of the Greenbelt provides the link between the Garden City Greenbelt and the Boise River Greenbelt. It will be officially reopened to the public after a brief ceremony.

Steve Dent shows us why this project is so important for the community, check out the video.