The city of Boise is set to pay $300,000 for 40 acres on the west side of Bogus Basin Road about halfway between the Dry Creek trailhead and the boundary of the Boise National Forest.
The City Council must approve the purchase in order to make it official. The council is scheduled to review the deal at its Tuesday meeting.
Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said the real value of the parcel is that it provides another access point to the Daniel’s Creek drainage. Last year, the city acquired an easement to build trails across 3,300 acres in the Daniel’s Creek area. Shortly thereafter, the city acquired an easement for the Dry Creek drainage east of Bogus Basin Road.
Whether the new access point ends up becoming a trailhead, parking lot or something else, Holloway said, it’s a step toward improving connectivity between the parcels of publicly owned land in the Foothills. That’s the new focus for improving recreational opportunities.
Ada County records list Randy Berry as the owner of the property. Money to buy it would come from an account established when voters passed a levy in 2001 to raise $10 million for protection of open space in the Foothills. To date, the city has protected 10,765 acres of undeveloped Foothills property as public open space through acquisition, donation, easement or land exchange, according to a Parks and Recreation news release.
Approximately $1.9 million is left in the account.