If you are in Boise and you want to enjoy the great outdoors, don’t worry about heading out-of-town, all you need to do is to head over to the Boise Greenbelt! The Boise Greenbelt is an amenity like no other, one that has been a valuable asset to Treasure Valley residents for decades. If you haven’t been to the Boise Greenbelt before then you need to head down there as soon as you can because it is incredible. By the end of this article today you will know all you need to know about the Greenbelt— not to mention, we are sure you will be rearing to go. The Boise Greenbelt is a local favorite, and we hope that by the end of this article, you too will see why we admire it so much.
The Boise Greenbelt— a brief definition and history:
The Boise Greenbelt has been around for quite some time now. It began around the 1970s with its first preliminary designs being rendered in the mid to late 60s. It was originally a project just for the City of Boise, but soon became a project that spans a good portion of the Treasure Valley. The Boise Greenbelt, in essence, is a two-lane path that follows almost the entire length of the Boise River. This, however, is a patchwork of paths that constitute the greater Greenbelt; the proper, and original, Boise Greenbelt lies within the city of Boise.
Since the greater Greenbelt crosses through several city boundaries many different government agencies take care of different sections. This means that though the main path can take you from one end of the valley to another, it is not the same kind of path all the way. There are some parts of the Greenbelt that are nicely paved while others are just packed down earth. In addition, the sights along the Greenbelt can be established or unestablished depending on how much the government wants to put into the project. For instance, some stretches of the Greenbelt are adorn with plaques and information stations to educate travelers about the surrounding flora, fauna, and sights.
Now, before you head down to the Greenbelt, you should know that it is not one path, but rather it is many. You see, there are branches, off-shoots, and subsections of the Greenbelt that are not part of the main path. These paths will take one to many different locations in and around the banks of the Boise River. Some of these paths are intentionally created for the public to enjoy by the government, but there are some that are created by other travelers. These are not the best paths because they can be dangerous to you as well as for the local flora and fauna. So, be sure to stick to the true paths.
People around the Treasure Valley use the Greenbelt for many a reason, however, most people seem to use it for exercise and entertainment. It is a great way to get some exercise, some fresh air, or just simply for a good time. With the vast variety of sights, locations, and amenities that line the Greenbelt, it is hard to be bored while traveling down it. For a lot of people they like the parks that the Boise Greenbelt intersects. These have many open fields, playgrounds, and some even have outdoor gyms. However, the parks aren’t the only way to have fun on the Greenbelt, there are also many spots where the water along the river is calm and beautiful, which makes it easy to enjoy for everyone.
There are many people who also use the Greenbelt for transportation. Like we said a bit earlier, the Greenbelt travels through many of the most populated cities in the valley which makes it a great way for people to get around. So, let’s say you work in Boise, but live in Eagle, you could easily, weather permitting, travel to work and home along the Greenbelt.
Another very popular use for the Greenbelt would have to be for events. There are many organizations and governments that like to use the Greenbelt for various things. It can be hard to find a centralized list of all the events since the organizers are many.
How do I get on the Boise Greenbelt?
There are a handful of options available to you if you want to get on the Greenbelt. All of them are adequate, but the easiest way would have to be through a park. Since there are so many parks along the length of the Greenbelt, one of the best and easiest ways to get on to the Greenbelt would be to go to one of those parks. So, depending on where you live, the park you choose may be different than someone else.
Along the Greenbelt, there are also designated, official entrances. Some of these are in the parks that mentioned above, but some of them are just scattered throughout the city. One of the easiest to access of these entrances would have to be the one by the Garden City Library. Around the Garden City Library there are actually a handful of entrances, but the one across Glenwood from the library is the best for those who are unfamiliar with the Greenbelt. This entrance has plenty of signs for direction as well as a parking lot for your car.
If you are unsure where to go to get on the Greenbelt, you can actually consult with Google using the Google Maps program. On Google Maps, you can type your home address and then the Boise Greenbelt as your destination. The map will then show you a random place along the Greenbelt and how to get there (the actual location doesn’t matter since you are just looking for a way to get to on the Greenbelt). After that click on the biking option (even if you don’t plan to bike there) instead of selecting car, bus, or public transit. This will then show you where the nearest entrance to you is.
Want to learn more about the Boise Greenbelt and any of the other amenities here in the Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, and Kuna area, give us a call or shoot us an email here at the Hughes Group. Our local and licensed agents will be glad to help you and will answer all your questions.