BOISE A meeting being held in Boise Wednesday could determine what the next phase of a whitewater park on the Boise River might look like.

Phase one is already complete and now the Boise Parks and Recreation Department wants to hear from the public.

The meeting started at 6 p.m. in AGC building on Shoreline Drive.

Future plans are pretty extensive, and include extending the whitewater park all the way to the bridge at Veterans Memorial Parkway.

There are several features that will be added to the current park. In addition to the drop and wave that is already is already built, the plan is to put in three more drops in the river to create waves of different skill levels. There will also be a slalom course.

The plan is to make the Boise River more accessible for everyone who wants to play on the river.

This next phase really completes the riverpark, this next phase coupled with the Esther Simplot Park expansion, will allow us to host some big events, said Tom Governale, Superintendent of Boise Parks. It will give us a really unique feature in the United States, and that will have one adjustable wave, and will have some stationary waves, and have some tunable waves, it will give us the whole realm of what a riverpark should be.

Officials hope these new additions will make this an even bigger tourist attraction, and eventually play host to national whitewater rafting competitions.

There are several projects in the works in this area. The expansion of Esther Simplot Park will happen first, to be followed by phase two of the whitewater park project.

Once the plans are approved, construction will begin, but it will likely be about two years before that happens.

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