CHANGES ALONG THE RIVER

The Idaho Statesman - - Front Page - BY MICHAEL KATZ [email protected]­hostates­man.com

Take a closer look at the mak­ing of Boise White­wa­ter Park, a place for kayak­ers, surfers and ev­ery­body else.

Boise Parks and Recre­ation Direc­tor Doug Hol­loway said Fri­day that the J.A. and Kathryn Fam­ily Foun­da­tion Boise White­wa­ter Park is one-of-akind. He went so far as to say, “there is noth­ing like (it) any­where in the coun­try.”

Mem­bers of the me­dia got the chance to see Phase 2 of the White­wa­ter Park on Fri­day. It fea­tures a trio of struc­tures in the Boise River near the new Es­ther Sim­plot Park. It cost around $11 mil­lion and is sched­uled to be fin­ished in the mid­dle of the sum­mer, ac­cord­ing to Hol­loway. Phase One, which was com­pleted in 2012, is a hu­man-made wave rider in the river ad­ja­cent to Quinn’s Pond. Struc­ture One of the sec­ond phase is a con­tin­u­a­tion of that down­river. Struc­ture Two is for more ad­vanced kayak­ers and surfers, while Struc­ture 3 is for be­gin­ners, Hol­loway said.

The park will also have boul­der seat­ing for spec­ta­tors.

The part of the Green­belt that runs along the park will be re­lo­cated to the north of Vet­er­ans Pond and will be made of con­crete; the cur­rent Green­belt will be­come some­what of a walk­ing path.

When the idea of the white­wa­ter park be­gan more than 20 years ago, Hol­loway said de­sign­ers had mainly kayak­ers in mind. How­ever, with the in­crease of trans­plants from all over the coun­try, that fo­cus has shifted to be­ing 50-50 be­tween kayak­ers and surfers.

“It really does meet the city’s mis­sion and vi­sion, and that vi­sion of mak­ing the city the most liv­able city in the coun­try,” Hol­loway said.

PHO­TOS BY DARIN OSWALD [email protected]­hostates­man.com

Con­struc­tion of the $11 mil­lion sec­ond phase of Boise’s White­wa­ter River Park was in full swing Fri­day. Work­ers con­structed ad­di­tional wave gen­er­a­tors and shapers.

The Boise River is di­verted around the area where wave gen­er­a­tors and shapers are be­ing in­stalled.

The pro­ject has evolved over time to serve kayak­ers and surfers as well as the lo­cal com­mu­nity at large.

On Fri­day, Boise Parks and Recre­ation Direc­tor Doug Hol­loway looks over work on the sec­ond phase of the White­wa­ter River Park by de­sign and build con­trac­tor McMillen Ja­cobs. Hol­loway said the white­wa­ter park, in an ur­ban city, is the first of its kind in the United States. The fin­ished ex­pan­sion will also pro­vide pas­sive space on the rocks and banks for peo­ple to en­joy the river.

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