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Boise wants feedback on whitewater park’s second phase

The city of Boise is inviting park users, neighbors and the general public to a public meeting Feb. 26 to learn more about plans to expand Boise River Park’s size and features.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Associated General Contractors Building, 1649 W. Shoreline Drive, with a presentation by the design team for McMillen, S2o Design, and DHM Design, which the city hired to put together a plan for the river park’s second phase.

The design team is developing a concept plan for in-river construction and replacement of the Farmers Union Canal diversion downriver from the existing River Park improvements to  the 36th St. pedestrian bridge. The design team will present the Phase II preliminary concept plan for review and comment. The city is paying $250,000 for the design.

A concept plan is expected to be completed by April.

Design and Construction of phase II is dependent on private fundraising led by volunteers with the Friends of Parks. To make an online contribution to the Boise River Park, please see www.boiseriverpark.com or contact Beth Markley at beth@markley.com.

Development of the Boise River Park is tied closely to planning and permitting for the adjacent Esther Simplot Park. Construction is expected to begin in winter 2014. Funding for Esther Simplot Park is provided by the Simplot family foundation.

The Boise River Park opened June 28, 2012. The park, located off Pleasanton Avenue and Whitewater Park Boulevard west of downtown, was funded by the City of Boise, the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation and private donations. The $3.6 million facility features state-of-the-art waveshapers and pneumatically-operated air bladders that inflate to elevate stainless steel flashboards.

For information about the phase II concept plan, visit www.parks.cityofboise.org or call City Engineer John Tensen at (208) 384-3900 or Tom Governale, Superintendent of Parks, at (208) 608-7624.


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