Tuesday, March 05, 2019

City of Boise to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Boise River Greenbelt

The Boise River Greenbelt is 50 years old this year! 

To celebrate, the Parks and Recreation Department and Boise City Department of Arts & History are planning a series of events and a community-driven storytelling campaign to honor this beloved pathway that connects our community. 

The first Greenbelt and Pathways Committee was appointed in 1969, marking the start of the city’s official work to acquire land and develop paths along the Boise River. 

Over the next few months, the City of Boise will be collecting archival photos and stories that highlight the evolution of the Greenbelt from those early days up until the present. 

Do you possess historical photos or information about the Greenbelt’s evolution within the City of Boise? Have a unique story, video or iconic image of the pathway you’d like to share? Please fill out the form on this web page for possible inclusion in a special exhibit curated by the department of Arts and History: cityofboise.org/greenbelt-anniversary 

Community groups and organizations who helped fundraise and build the Boise River Greenbelt into what it is today are also encouraged to share their stories using the online submission system. The city is also encouraging the community to share their favorite Greenbelt memories on social media using #BoiseGreenbelt50 

To mark this historic anniversary, the City of Boise is planning a three-day community-wide celebration September 19-21, 2019. There will be different events and activities for everyone who likes to walk, bike and enjoy the Boise River Greenbelt including historical talks, guided Greenbelt tours, a concert in Julia Davis Park and more. The city will release more details about these planned events in the coming months. 

“The Boise River Greenbelt is one of the most beloved parks in the city,” said Mayor David Bieter. “We look forward to celebrating its legacy and honoring those who have made this important community pathway what it is today.” 

For more information about the Boise River Greenbelt and its history, click here.