BOISE - A Boise project nearly five decades in the making is now complete.
The last section of the Greenbelt on the south side of the Boise River is finished and already getting plenty of use.
There was a dedication ceremony today at Ann Morrison Park.
Mayor Dave Bieter, city council members and community members all came out to celebrate the newest addition to the pathway.
“Nearly five decades ago, Boiseans had the foresight to understand the potential of a river that had been badly treated,” said Bieter. “Now we cannot even imagine Boise without a clean river and the Greenbelt.”
This last stretch now brings the Greenbelt to nearly 26 miles along both sides of the Boise River.
In addition to putting the Greenbelt on the river, tunnels have been added under Fairview Avenue and Main Street for safety reasons. There's also now a bridge over the canal.
Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway says the Greenbelt is an important piece of Boise's transportation system.
"It's so wonderful to see when we’re doing the press conference today how many people were actually going by on the Greenbelt, how many people were actually going by on the Greenbelt during their lunch times,” said Holloway.
The new section of Greenbelt runs about a mile. It's meant to improve connectivity between Boise and Garden City.
It is the last section of the Greenbelt to open. The project began in the 1960s.
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