FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2018
Contact: Kristi Furman
Ada County Encourages Users to Get Out and Enjoy the Newly Enhanced Greenbelt Pathway Segment
(Boise, ID) – County officials gathered Wednesday to commemorate the long-awaited re-opening of the Greenbelt Penitentiary Canal Pathway segment. The pathway has been closed to public use and under construction since last fall to allow the construction team to perform the upgrades.
Although the County encountered unexpected delays in getting the project to completion, all agreed that the finished project was well worth the wait. “We thank all of the users who respected the closure signs during construction, and are so pleased to be here today,” stated Scott Koberg, Director of Ada County Parks & Waterways, who, along with Scott Williams, Director of Ada County Operations, and Bruce Krisko, Deputy Director of Operations, oversaw the project from start to finish.
“I cannot walk it but sure am proud of all the hard work you all put into it,” stated an elderly resident.
The length of reconstructed pathway is 1.65 miles, with a new width of 11 feet (including centerline striping to separate directions of travel) and 5 newly constructed pathway approaches. Final construction included a massive piping construction component of the Penitentiary Canal to create a suitable pathway width, and despite major construction problems this project was completed just 5 weeks beyond the original schedule.
The Board of County Commissioners encourages everyone to get out and enjoy the new, smoother, wider, safer asphalt surface pathway. Whether cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding, walking, or pushing a baby stroller, newcomers and veterans alike will benefit from the recent enhancements.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience during construction, especially the neighbors and greenbelt users; now get out there and have fun and let us know what you think,” encouraged Commissioner Jim Tibbs.