The Garden City Council will release the cost analysis for a conversion of the Garden City Nature Path into a multi-purpose path today.
The cost analysis will precede Garden City ballot initiatives A and B which, if passed by voters, would mandate the Nature Path to multi-use standards, including bicycle traffic, which is currently prohibited along the 1.48-mile stretch of path from Riverside Park to Glenwood Street.
Initiatives A and B are the latest attempts by advocates of a multi-use path on the north side of the Boise River to open that stretch of trail to bicycles and other non-motorized transportation. In 2007, they began appealing to the city council and landowners along the river to open the pathway, and in 2011, they unsuccessfully sued Garden City.
A federal grant received by the city has generated more interest in integrating the Nature Path into Garden City's multi-use path network. In August, Garden City received $727,760 from the Federal Highway Administration to complete the Garden City West Bridge, a foot and bicycle path that will connect bike paths between Glenwood Street and Eagle Road, and will be completed sometime next summer.
But integrating the Nature Path would require improvements to it.
"The condition of the trail over there isn't adequate for a transportation corridor. That's going to require some change," said Garden City Mayor John Evans.
The cost analysis of the changes that would be necessary should initiatives A and B pass will be presented tonight at 6 p.m. at Garden City Hall.