The first phase of the new Boise River Park has opened!
Kayakers, rafters, and tubers are already enjoying bouncing around in the computer-controlled rapids.
The unique recreational facility is located between Main Street and Veterans Memorial Park and is accessible from the Boise Greenbelt connector path that starts at 3400 W. Pleasanton Avenue, off 27th Street.
You can also access the park from the end from the end of 36th Street, off Chinden Avenue, in the Waterfront District.
One interesting feature of the park is the two wave shapers that allow operators to create different flows and wave shapes.
The shapers have hydraulic flaps and are computer-controlled, allowing the creation of 20-25 foot wide waves.
The new park was inspired by similar river parks in Golden, Colorado, Spokane, Washington, Reno, Nevada, and other cities around the country.
Future phases will include the Esther Simplot Community Park with a system of ponds connected by streams, viewpoints, and fishing docks.
Source: IdahoStatesman.com article
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