I started this week by taking my sweet G-baby, Emily, on her first walk along the Boise Greenbelt. What a great way to spend an afternoon! The Greenbelt is lined with trees and runs right alongside the Boise River. It is 25 miles long, so you can pick any spot along it to go from A to B or, if you are feeling adventurous...and have the energy...you can walk the entire thing. Pushing a stroller prevented me from walking the whole thing, but we started at Ann Morrison Park (we entered off the Americana Blvd entrance). There is plenty of parking and a children's playground right there. (There are also public restrooms). We walked toward Julia Davis Park. It was about a four mile trek there and back and absolutely beautiful. Emily was in awe of the big trees and all the people. As we were going through Julia Davis Park we passed the Zoo and a giraffe was looking over the fence. Woohoo...score! To be honest, she didn't know what it was, but I did and I LOVE giraffes.
The Greenbelt is also a fantastic alternative transportation choice for commuters. It is maintained by Boise Parks and Rec and is open to pedistrians and cyclists. There are lots of spots to stop and enjoy the view of the river, watch wildlife and have a picnic (which we did!)
Location: It runs for 25 miles along the Boise River. If you go to www.parks.cityofboise.org/parks-locations/parks/greenbelt you can dowload a map of the entire Greenbelt and make a day of it or just enjoy a section. There is currently some construction going on where the Greenbelt goes under the Broadway Bridge, but they have detours available. You can go all the way out to Lucky Peak via the Greenbelt.
Rules for the Greenbelt: It is open to pedestrians and cyclists, but police do patrol and they will give a cyclists a ticket for going too fast or endangering the pedestrians. So be careful!
You are asked to stick to the path for your own safety and the safety of others, wildlife, nature..... Please PICK UP YOUR LITTER. We want everyone to be able to enjoy this beautiful piece of Boise.
There are segways for people with various abilities so don't let worry about how much you can do keep you from getting out and enjoying nature.
Motorized vehicles and hooved animals are prohibited.
Dogs must be on a leash and dog owners are asked to pick up their dog's....well you know. :)
Special Notes: Bring the kiddos! There are several parks with playground equipment along the way and you pass right by the Zoo.
Hours are sunrise to sunset, but commuters are welcome to use it at anytime. Just make sure to be cautious of your surroundings. Always be safe!
There are many public restrooms along the way.