Construction has Begun!
Project will result in five-month closure of Greenbelt section
Amy Stahl, Parks & Recreation PIO
Construction of the long-awaited River Recreation Park begins this week following Monday's (10/10/11) approval from the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission for a Boise River System Permit application. The permit allows for clearing and excavation of the river bank at the site and for improvements associated with the replacement of the Thurman Mill Diversion and construction of the first phase of the park.
The future park site is located near 3400 W. Pleasanton Ave. west of downtown Boise between Main Street and Veteranís Memorial Park. During the five-month construction project, the Greenbelt will be closed on the north side of the river from Main Street to the Pleasanton spur and the 36th Street pedestrian bridge. Signs mark a pedestrian detour around the construction zone.
At more than 100 years old, the existing Thurman Mill diversion is in serious disrepair. Over the years, the structure has created a public safety hazard resulting from a dangerous hydraulic situation at most river flows. The project includes replacement of the aging diversion and construction of a new fully automated structure that will allow for in-river recreation activities. Funding has been provided by various individuals and foundations, the City of Boise and a grant from the JA and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.
To take advantage of low water in the Boise River, crews are scheduled to work 10-hour days from 7 a.m. to 6p.m. six days a week, Mondays through Saturdays, for up to three months. Construction may be noisy and require lighting for after-hours work.
Improvements will include widening of the river bank, which also will be heavily armored to add stability and reconfigured to allow the public to sit and observe the river and the users of the water park. Barring any complications involved with the in-river portion of construction, this first phase of the park is expected to be completed by Spring 2012. Future phases of the park are in the planning process.
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