50 Years of the Boise River Greenbelt

Poster print of woman riding bike, people running in background, family playing, text on bottom reads "Boise River Greenbelt 50 years"
Ward Hooper Greenbelt Print

Celebrate the Boise River Greenbelt

The Boise River Greenbelt is 50 years old this year. To mark this historic anniversary, the City of Boise is planning a three-day community-wide celebration September 19-21, 2019.

As part of the celebration, the Parks and Recreation Department and Boise City Department of Arts & History are planning a series of events and a community-driven storytelling campaign to honor this beloved pathway that connects our community. There will be opportunities for everyone who likes to walk, bike and enjoy the Boise River Greenbelt to attend historical talks, take guided Greenbelt tours, attend a concert in the park and more.

Some event times and registration information is yet to be determined. Check back regularly for updates.

Thursday, September 19

*Kickoff Event at the historic Egyptian Theatre | 6:30 p.m. 

Mayor Bieter will honor the Greenbelt's past and the leaders who continue to shape its future.

Friday, September 20

Time Capsule Unveiling at Shoreline Park | 11 a.m. 

City leaders and members of the community gather together to open the time capsule buried 25 years ago, holding pieces of the greenbelt's past.

*Afternoon Walking and Biking Tours | Various times available 

Gather your friends and family for several walking and biking tours along the Boise River Greenbelt. You'll learn more about the Greenbelt's past and get a glimpse of its future.

Saturday, September 21

*The Greenbelt Fun Mile | Saturday morning

Lace up your tennis shoes and join your community for a one mile fun run along the Boise River Greenbelt.

Food Truck Rally and Party at Ann Morrison Park | 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Continue the celebrations at Ann Morrison Park, near the fountain, for food trucks, games and more.

Free Jazz Concert at Ann Morrison Park | 6 p.m. 

Join us for a free concert! Bring a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy a family-friendly evening.

*registration and / or tickets will be required to attend

Greenbelt Stories

For the past several months we have been asking users to submit their Greenbelt stories and photos. As we continue to collect these stories and memories we will share some with you here.

Submit Your Story

Left to Right: Patsy with son Chris, Gwen, Mary Jo, Carol, parents Marge and Bill, Karen, and Peggy

Submission by Shirley Ewing: A photo of her family with a caption from an interview with her mother, Marge Ewing, who served on the Boise City Council in the 1970s:

“For years the former city council had discussed the idea of a greenbelt. By the time Marge got on the council, they started discussing a greenbelt in earnest that would connect major city parks along the Boise River. Early on, Marge thought it would be great if anyone, regardless of income, could go to the river for relaxation and peace of mind. With public support for a greenbelt and grant money from the US government, the city began purchasing parcels of land along the river. The first parcel purchased was on Americana Blvd. by the adjacent bridge. The photo shown here, taken in the early 70s, depicts Marge and Bill Ewing with 6 of their seven daughters. They were just leaving their home on 36th Street for a bicycle excursion on the new Greenbelt.”

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