A day after the city of Boise opened most of its 25 miles of Boise River Greenbelt pathways, Garden City announced it would do the same.
Mayor John Evans said all of the roughly five miles of Greenbelt pathways inside Garden City limits will re-open at around sunrise Saturday. Evans said the city is removing trees that have fallen or are close to falling in the pathway. That job should be done by Friday night.
Abnormal snowfall this winter led to high runoff this spring, which pushed the Boise River above flood stage between March and mid-June.
The city will use tape, paint or stakes to warn people to stay away from places where the path has broken and danger spots. Evans warned people to be careful of dirt and other debris, as well as algae that formed on the pathways during months of flooding.
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“It’s certainly not going to be perfect,” Evans said Thursday.
People planning to use Garden City’s Greenbelt should keep in mind that Ada County’s paths are still closed about a mile and a half west of Glenwood Street, near the Sunroc gravel pits and the West Boise Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Barriers put in place to keep flood waters out of the pits are still there, county spokeswoman Kate McGwire said. The county is hoping to remove them and clean up that section of the Greenbelt in the next week or two, McGwire said.
The bridge over the river near the gravel pits and the head of Eagle Island is also closed.
“So if you go down there, the likelihood is you’re going to have to turn around,” Evans said.