The 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt is one of Boise's most beloved parks. The tree-lined pathway follows the river through the heart of the city and provides scenic views, wildlife habitat and pedestrian access to many of the city's popular riverside parks. The Greenbelt also serves as an alternative transportation route for commuters.
As you walk along the Boise River Greenbelt with its towering trees, lush riparian areas and abundant wildlife, you may get a sense that this beautiful setting has always been here for us to enjoy. However, until the 1960s, the river and its banks served as a convenient dumping ground for trash, industrial waste and raw sewage. The riverbank was severely degraded by years of neglect
In 1964, the city hired a consultant to write a comprehensive plan and update Boise's zoning ordinance. The consultant suggested that the city acquire land along the Boise River to create a continuous "green belt" of public lands stretching the entire length of the community. Soon, a local grassroots effort to clean up the waterway and create public access to the river corridor began to take hold. This vision caught on and in 1966 and 1967 three small parcels of land were donated to the city to launch a "green belt."