In April 2008, BW wrote how an idea for a new whitewater park in Boise was poised "to move to the drawing board." By then, the concept had been floated among river recreationists for more than a decade already. And now, this Thursday, June 28, the City of Trees is set to cut the ribbon to officially open the Boise River Recreation Park.
The new park, located near 3400 W. Pleasanton Ave., west of downtown Boise, was built on the site of a former cement plant, which was littered for years with broken concrete and wire mesh. The park will allow kayakers to ride manmade waves while spectators look on from the Greenbelt.
Funding came through the city of Boise, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation and private donations generated through the Friends of the Park nonprofit. Additionally, the Harvey and Margo Neef family donated $100,000 in honor of their son Ray Neef. A city water safety program will be dedicated in Ray Neef's memory.