Hillside to Hollow trails finalize plans

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The City of Boise had an open house at Hillside Junior High School for people to vote on several options to narrow down a plan on the Hillside to Hollow trail system in the Boise foothills.

There were several alternatives to choose from on whether to have a skills course for kids, new trails up some hills or switchbacks on other places. Julia Grant, Foothills and Open Space Manager said, "We're really excited about having looked at fifteen different maps from the last public meeting where everyone got to draw and say, keep this, I want to get rid of this, this is my favorite."

A lot of the trails are already in place. It's just a matter of the city building them out. The Hillside to Hollow trails go from Hillside Junior High all the way to Bogus Basin Road. All of it is north of Hill Road. The city came up with several plans for the trail system in this area and they want residents to vote on a finalized plan to be submitted.

One big plus that some residents liked was no leash laws on the new areas. "I think it's really great that this will still be an off leash area for dogs. If we want to keep it that way people really need to pick up their dogs' poop," trail user, Sam Sandmire said.

The city says they don't have a cost estimate on all the upgrades yet. The final plan goes to the Parks and Recreation Commission September 18.

Couldn't make the meeting? No worries! You can weigh in online here.