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BOISE For a number of years, bridge jumping has been banned from the Boise River, but that could change.

In an effort to make everyone happy and keep everyone safe, the Boise city council is considering making changes to the bridge jumping ordinance.

What we are hoping to do is find a solution that will make a more balanced approach for the use of the river, said Adam Park, Communications Director for the City of Boise.

The new ordinance would allow jumpers on the Boise River but they would have to stay 50 feet away from floaters.

For the last several years police have reported that there have been an increased number of conflicts on the river from bridge jumpers, both from people jumping onto floaters and also just in the river right next to them and splashing them and overturning their boat, said Park.

The offense would also change the penalty, from the current misdemeanor to a citation for those people caught jumping within the 50 feet.

It will be clear to everyone that you know if you are close enough to splash someone you're too close, said Park.

Park said a $56 dollar ticket will also be given to jumpers blocking access to the Greenbelt and the bridges.

The move from a misdemeanor charge to a citation, Park said is due to the fact that many youth jump off into the Boise River. The city believes the current penalty is too stiff.

Rather than having something on their permanent record, it s just a ticket that they can pay and not have it affect their future, said Park

Tuesday evening the public was invited by the council to comment on the issue, but no one showed up.

However earlier that day, Boise resident Cassie Todds said she didn t mind jumpers.

It's definitely something fun to do, but it's good to have guidelines, so nobody gets hurt, said Todds.

Jay Blackhurst, also a resident of Boise, said people should be able to jump at their own risk.

I don't think it's a problem as long as they aren't hitting anybody, he said.

However, there are residents who do believe bridge jumping in general, is a problem.

I don't feel it's safe, said Boise resident, Lori Williams

In recent years jumpers have injured floaters. Williams expressed concern for the safety of those on the river.

I know I wouldn't want my own children jumping off a bridge, she said.

There is another proposed change in the bridge jumping ordinance that has to deal with what city officials are calling bungee surfing and boogie boarding.

Park said currently these activities are banned from the Boise River from Barber Park to Ann Morrison Park. The new rules would give the parks department authority to designate certain stretches of the river where this activity can legally occur.

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