Construction on Boise’s Ray Neef, MD River Recreation Park began today! In a few months time (barring unexpected high water) Boise will have a year-round, adjustable whitewater feature just a few blocks from downtown. How cool is that?
The park is being built at the former location of the 36th Street Wave. Although 36th was an awesome feature for advanced paddlers when the water was high (>4,000 cfs), it had a weird angle and nasty hydraulic that scared or trundled many intermediates and beginners. Furthermore, 36th only came in during high water years and was formed by a decaying irrigation diversion with exposed rebar. The new park will replace that old diversion with a much safer diversion structure. And it will have a feature even at low flows and will likely be accessible to all levels of paddlers thanks to its adjustable design. Super stoked to have a new place to paddle right in town!
A second phase is also planned but currently unfunded. If sufficient funds are raised (and the permitting goes to plan), the second phase will expand the park downstream, adding more new features. The exact number of new features depends on funding. So, we need to keep the momentum going.
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Ray Neef, MD River Recreation Park