Boise River Park

Construction of river recreation park expected to begin next week

Project will result in five-month closure of Greenbelt section

Although it seems odd this far along in the game, Boise Planning and Zoning Commission only last week approved a Boise River System Permit.The permit will allow for clearing and excavation of the river bank at the site and for improvements associated with the replacement of the Thurman Mill Diversion and construction of the first phase of the park.

The future park site is located near 3400 W. Pleasanton Ave. west of downtown Boise between Main Street and Veteran’s Memorial Park. During the five-month construction project, the Greenbelt will be closed on the north side of the river from Main Street to the Pleasanton spur and the 36th Street pedestrian bridge. Signs mark a pedestrian detour around the construction zone.

At more than 100 years old, the existing Thurman Mill diversion is in disrepair. The project includes replacement of the aging diversion and construction of a new fully automated structure that will allow for in-river recreation activities. To take advantage of low water in the Boise River, crews are scheduled to work 10-hour days from 7 a.m. to 6p.m. six days a week, Mondays through Saturdays, for up to three months. Construction may be noisy and require lighting for after-hours work. Improvements will include widening of the river bank, which also will be heavily armored to add stability and reconfigured to allow the public to sit and observe the river and the users of the water park. Barring any complications involved with the in-river portion of construction, this first phase of the park is expected to be completed by Spring 2012. Future phases of the park are in the planning process.