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Polecat Gulch trailhead opens

The coolest new amenity at the Polecat Gulch trailhead is a solar-powered access gate. 

The gate has a motor that opens in the daytime and closes at night. Light is the energy source for the motor that opens and closes the gat. 

Oh, and there's other stuff, too. Like a 15-stall parking lot, access road, vault toilet, fencing and soil stabilization features.

The new trailhead, which officially opened Thursday, is located at the north end of Collister Drive. It provides access to Polecat Gulch Reserve, one of the most popular recreation spots in the Boise Foothills.

The trailhead project cost the city $88,000, according to the Boise Parks and Recreation Department. It was built on an undeveloped 80-acre piece of open ground the city bought in 2010 for $270,000. Money for the land  came from an account established in 2001 when Boise voters approved a two-year levy to raise money for Foothills purchases. 

Boise Parks and Recreation manages the 834-acre Polecat Gulch Reserve, which is located between Cartwright and Collister roads. The reserve features eight miles of trails and mature vegetation that supports the Foothills' legendary mule deer herd. Aase's onion, a rare plant found in the Foothills is also present in the reserve. 

For more information about the reserve, contact Julia Grant, Boise's Foothills Open Space Senior Manager at jgrant@cityofboise.org or (208) 493-2533.