Stairs at Camel's Back Park open

Posted at 9:27 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 23:31:16-04

BOISE — The hill at Camel's Back Park is back open, after a multi-year improvement project to add stairs to prevent erosion.

On Tuesday, some young hikers got to enjoy the new feature for the first time.

"Going down is a lot easier than going up," said Bowen Call.

"If you intend to do it, we suggest that you slide with your feet," said William Becklund.

Toby Norton, Boise Parks and Recreation Project Manager, said, due to the traffic, wind and rain, there had been a lot of erosion on the hill.

"Some people say, why stairs?" said Norton. "We did natural stone so we could blend into the environment as much as possible. A lot of people are saying, 'Thank you because now we can continue to use it.'"

Some additional restoration work, including seeding and planting shrubs, is also planned for the iconic Boise location.

"People who have been here all their lives -- Camel's Back Park has been something almost everyone has done. When people come to town, it's one of those things that people search out: 'We've heard about Camel's Back, let's go do that.' With the erosion, we wouldn't be able to offer that, and with it [the hill with stairs] back open, now people can use the park the way they always have and enjoy it for generations to come," said Norton.