BOISE, Idaho — A kayaker paddles into a wave at the new whitewater park on the Boise River, dropping suddenly from sight so that only the top of his bright-red helmet and the flashing blades of his paddle are visible amid the spray. A few moments later, he pops up and flies through the whitewater, turning gently as he zooms downstream, hits an eddy, and paddles back to do it again.
“I think it’s sweet,” declared Mason Shaw, 23, shaking water from his hair after a wave ride that left him shouting, “Wooh!”
The Boise River Park that’s now attracting kayakers, surfers and boogie-boarders in throngs didn’t just happen. “It was 12 years in the works,” said Amy Stahl, Boise City Parks spokeswoman. “They’re very complicated projects.”
The $3.6 million whitewater park is actually just the first of three phases. The second phase will develop the new Esther Simplot Park along the riverfront just downstream, with parking lots and restrooms, and the third will add more in-river features.
Betsy Z. Russell, The Spokesman-Review, September 4, 2012
2.26.2013 note: this article is no longer posted, but you can keep up with the evolving Boise project at the project site.