BOISE – The Ridge to Rivers (R2R) partnership initiated a master planning process in September 2015 for the purpose of guiding development and management of the popular trail system over the next 10 years. It is estimated that more than 400,000 people use Ridge to Rivers trails annually. About 30 percent of Boise’s population are trail users.
The next step in the master plan process will be public workshops where citizens can help refine how R2R will manage the trail system over the next decade. There will be two identical public workshops. The first will be held at the Boise Depot, 2603 W. Eastover Terrace on Nov. 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The second will be held at Riverglen Junior High School, 6801 N Gary Lane on Nov. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Those who are not able to attend the workshops can provide online input at the R2R website (www.ridgetorivers.org).
The workshop agenda will be available at the R2R website on Nov. 10. Citizens are encouraged to participate in the entire workshop, which will include “polling stations” to gather input on key questions and small group mapping exercises to suggest trail design ideas and solutions to common issues.
Ridge to Rivers is a multi-agency partnership consisting of the City of Boise, the Bureau of Land Management, Ada County Parks and Waterways, the Boise National Forest and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Existing R2R pathways cross all of these jurisdictions, as well as many private lands via revocable or permanent easements.
“As agency partners we are thrilled with the significant level of public involvement as demonstrated by over 2,700 responses to the R2R Trails Survey,” said the Bureau of Land Management Four Rivers Field Manager Tate Fischer. “We encourage citizens to participate in the workshops to help shape management of the system in the future.”
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