Boise to celebrate Foothills purchase

Boise - The Idaho StatesmanJune 20, 2013 

Mayor David Bieter and City Council members will meet Wednesday afternoon to mark the purchase of one of the most coveted pieces of open space in the Boise Foothills.

The city recently finalized a $1.9 million deal to buy the "Hillside to the Hollow" ground, about 260 acres between Harrison Hollow on the east and Hillside Jr. High School on the west. 

Money for the purchase came from a $10 million serial levy that Boise voters passed in 2001. About $1.8 million is left in the Foothills fund, which has been used to protect more than 10,000 acres through purchases, donations, conservation easements and land exchanges. The total appraised value of the land is more than $33 million. 

This fall, the city will begin examining the newly bought property for information on its trails, wildlife, plants, soil and other resources.

"Neighbors, hikers, and fans of public space" are invited to attend the Wednesday event, where Bieter and others will speak. It will start at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 24th Street and Spring Mountain Drive. To get there, turn north from Hill Road on to 24th Street. Take 24th Street up the hill to where it crosses Spring Mountain Drive. 



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