Last week the City of Boise, McMillen Jacobs Associates, and project partners celebrated the grand opening of the second phase of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park.
Surfers and kayakers now have a series of three new mechanical waves in the Boise River near Esther Simplot Park.
Reach One features protected wading areas, a habitat island, shore and fish habitat restoration, and a spectator overlook. Slow and mellow is the theme of the river for this area.
Reach Two has three waves of varying levels of difficulty will be the primary features in this area.
The shoreline will be terraced boulders. The existing Farmer’s Union irrigation canal will flow under an amphitheater-style lawn for events and viewing.
Reach Three adds a little more excitement to the park. There is also easy access directly into and out of the river at this point, and a canal will connect the river to Veteran’s Pond for paddlers to head back up to the top of the park and repeat.
“When we are all gone they won’t remember us but they will love this space and this park for generations to come,” said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.
McMillen Jacobs performed the design and was the general contractor for this facility. Work included Structural, Electrical, and Civil Engineering; Hydraulic Modeling; Cost Estimates and Scheduling and Final Environmental and Permitting.