The Boise Green Belt, the "Route 66" of Idaho's Capitol.
by Kevin Hughes
on Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 7:36am.
One of the incredible parts about Boise would be the Boise Greenbelt. This fantastic stretch of pathway is made for all runners, cyclists, and walkers. So if your looking for a home in Boise, its important to take into consideration the beautiful parks that run along the Boise River. The Green Belt and its parks are full of life. The stretch 20 mile pathway reaches from Boise all the way to Eagle curving alongside the Boise River. Anyone who ventures out on the greenbelt will also discover the many parks, museums and even a zoo that all residents can enjoy. Any home near this great resource would be an excellent choice.
LOCATION There are many convenient access points to the Greenbelt. There are 12 parks attached to the Greenbelt. These include:
Julia Davis Park
Veterans Memorial State Park
Ann Morrison Park
For those interested in culture and art in addition to nature, the Greenbelt can be accessed from the following museums and cultural centers:
Bicyclists and in-line skaters are allowed on the paved pathways only.
No motorized vehicles are allowed on the Greenbelt at any time. However, Segway riders can enjoy the beauty of the Greenbelt with a special permit from the City of Boise.
Dogs must be on a leash less than 8 feet in length. Owners are responsible for caring for their dog’s waste.
Glass beverage containers are not permitted, and alcohol of any kind is likewise prohibited.
Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Carry a cell phone with you or walk with a friend. Stay on the well-lit paths and do not take shortcuts through wooded or isolated areas.
Do not disturb any animal habitats or wildlife preserves.
Also be aware of poison ivy, stinging nettles and any areas where herbicides were recently sprayed. These areas will be clearly marked with dated signs.
Everyone in the community strives to do their part and help keep the Greenbelt beautiful by not littering.
GETTING AROUND THE GREENBELT In 2001, the City of Boise created a system to help Greenbelt users orient themselves in case of an emergency. The Distance and Orientation Trail System (DOTS) is a series of large white circle painted onto the pavement around the Greenbelt every tenth of a mile within the city limits. There are numbers and letters painted inside the circle to describe its location relative to the 8th Street Pedestrian Bridge.
While this system was created primarily for the safety of those on the Greenbelt, it can also be used for joggers and cyclists to know how far they've gone. Or, for those who own a house along the river, it’s a good way to direct visitors to their homes from the pathway.