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Playing Outdoors: New Greenbelt detour begins Tuesday

The Greenbelt detour around the Broadway bridge construction takes pedestrians and cyclists through the intersection with Myrtle. Large cones were added in the past week to create a clearer separation between the detour and the roadway.
The Greenbelt detour around the Broadway bridge construction takes pedestrians and cyclists through the intersection with Myrtle. Large cones were added in the past week to create a clearer separation between the detour and the roadway. ccripe@idahostatesman.com

The Greenbelt through Municipal Park in Boise will be closed for two months beginning Tuesday (March 1) as the city improves that stretch of path.

The detour will push pedestrians and cyclists onto sidewalks along Walnut Street.

This is the fourth section of Greenbelt that will be closed as spring begins and the only one expected to be open for the entire summer. The other three:

▪ Construction of the new Broadway bridge has closed the Greenbelt in the area on both sides of the river, likely until early fall. The Idaho Transportation Department made at least one improvement to the primary detour, on the north side of the river, after our story and video was posted last week. Large cones were placed along the route where users cross the Broadway-Myrtle intersection, creating a clearer separation between pedestrians/cyclists and cars.

▪ A new section of Greenbelt is being built on the south side of the river between Garden City and Americana Boulevard. The project is the final piece of Greenbelt expected to be built in Boise and is scheduled for a September completion. Construction has closed the usual river crossing at Main Street, creating a detour to the 36th Street pedestrian bridge.

▪ Construction of Esther Simplot Park has closed two stretches of Greenbelt through August — a piece from Veterans Memorial Park to the 36th Street pedestrian bridge and a connection to the main Greenbelt from Whitewater Park Boulevard. The detour for the Veterans Memorial Park section involves crossing the river at Veterans Memorial Parkway. Main Street provides an alternative access point for those who use the Whitewater Park Boulevard entrance.

Idaho Statesman outdoors reporter Chadd Cripe took his 7-year-old son, Oliver, on a bike ride through the Greenbelt detours at Broadway. Here's what families will face during the construction, which is expected to last into the fall.

Off-leash program ends at Ann Morrison

The seasonal off-leash dog program in Ann Morrison Park ended Sunday. The fourth annual program started Nov. 1 and is used to help reduce the geese in the park. “The dog off-leash program has been an effective way to minimize turf damage caused by large concentrations of geese in the park,” Tom Governale, superintendent of parks, said in a press release. Info on other off-leash areas.

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