For years, a whitewater park in downtown Boise was the city's Shangri-La--a mythical ideal that seemed destined to remain a dream. Now that dream has celebrated its first birthday as a real-life, water-in-its-veins river park. Kayakers, surfers and assorted floaters flock to the standing wave to turn tricks (so to speak) while spectators line both sides of the river. The long-fought-for dream is nothing short of a success--and that's with only the first phase of the park open. We can't wait to see what happens when the second phase is up and running. 3900 W. Pleasanton Ave., Boise, parks.cityofboise.org.
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