Garden City’s Riverside Park and sections of the Greenbelt on the north and south sides of the Boise River will be closed through July 8 for construction on a new water main under the river.
The impacted areas are: just south of Riverside Pond and the path on the west side of River Pointe Park. See a map of the affected area.
Garden City officials determined that one of the three existing water lines under the river is in danger of failure, so a new line is begin constructed to ensure residents have uninterrupted water service. Last summer, the city replaced a different water line on an emergency basis.
“We don’t want to get into a situation where we have an emergency like we did last year,” Mayor John Evans told the Statesman.”When you lose one of these, it compromises fire flow.”
The lines carry water from wells on the south side of the river to customers on the north side. They are at Plantation Golf Course, Duck Lake Street and Strawberry Glen. The Strawberry Glen line is exposed during low river flows.
Evans said rather than try to fix or remove the Strawberry Glen line, a fourth line will be added. The cost to add the new line is $450,000, money that’s coming from city sewer and water funds.