City of Boise Will Announce New Easement For More Foothills Trail Access

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Shortly before the Boise City Council gavels into session this afternoon, Boise officials will pose for pictures with members of the Grossman family and the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley after striking a deal to secure a permanent easement for nearly 11 miles of pathways linking to the much-loved North Dry Creek trails, part of the region's Ridge to Rivers system.

The Grossman family owns the land and has allowed untold thousands of hikers to use the paths to access the trails, but without an official agreement, the trails have deteriorated because of overuse and little maintenance.

But when the City Council votes the deal into law, Boise Parks and Recreation will take the reins of improving the condition of the trails. Repairs are expected to cost approximately $50,000.

Today's announcement isn't the first time that the city has struck a deal with the Grossman family. This past summer, Grossman Company Properties provided a free easement of 12.6 miles, linking Polecat Gulch Reserve to the Boise Front.

Members of the Grossman family, the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, and the city's parks and recreation department will join Mayor Dave Bieter for the midday announcement at City Hall.