UPDATE ON APRIL 20:
Boise Parks and Rec has re-opened the two sections of Greenbelt that were closed because of Boise River flooding. Those sections are the gravel walking-only path near ParkCenter Boulevard and the section from Loggers Creek bridge at Leadville Avenue east to the West ParkCenter bridge.
UPDATE ON APRIL 14:
The Greenbelt also is closed from the Loggers Creek bridge at Leadville Avenue east to the West ParkCenter Bridge, on the south side of the river. There is a signed detour along Leadville to Beacon to West ParkCenter.
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The Boise River’s high flows have forced Boise Parks and Recreation to close a nature trail on the Greenbelt in Southeast Boise.
The gravel, pedestrian-only path is flooded and closed from the Cottonwoods Apartments on Riverstone Lane east to just past Baggley Park. The closure starts at the point where bikes are directed into the neighborhood because of the pedestrian-only path. It lasts for a mile-plus but doesn’t affect the portion of the nature path east of Bown Crossing.
River flows are expected to hit 5,000 cubic feet per second this weekend.
The next Greenbelt piece likely to flood is the Main Street tunnel on the north side of the river. A section near the west ParkCenter bridge also could flood.
“Staff members are closely monitoring the river and impacts on the Greenbelt,” a city press release stated. “Signs are posted to warn pedestrians about hazardous conditions on the pathway. Greenbelt users are asked to use caution and be prepared for periodic closures along the pathway.”
The high flows have created challenges in the river, too.
“I want to remind people this time of year to use extreme caution around the river,” said Paul Schoenfelder, the recreation manager for Parks and Rec. “I watched a log about the size of, not quite, a brontosaurus come down right through the river park. We’re seeing a lot of debris in the water.”