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Big changes coming to Boise's Military Reserve

Holloway says the city has been looking to build a bikes skills park for a few years now and after an extensive search the Military Reserve is the spot. (Photo Courtesy Boise Parks and Recreation)

Construction is underway for a new bike skills park near the Boise Foothills.

The park is being built on the Military Reserve.

"The basin Military Reserve that was currently being used as a dog off leash area really rose to the top as being the ideal location," Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said.

A new dog park will be built on the other side where an archery range now stands.

Holloway says the city has been looking to build a bikes skills park for a few years now and after an extensive search the Military Reserve is the spot.

"In talking to a lot of our biking community they had indicated they'd like to see if we could build a bike skills park to put it somewhere close to the foothills so that there's synergy between the foothills trail system and the bike skills park," Holloway said.

Though many people took their dogs to this lot to play the area wasn't developed or maintained by the city. That won't be the case at the new location.

"It'll be an actual dog park. We're putting in a restroom that will serve both the bike skills park as well as the dog park users," Holloway said. "We'll have water inside the dog park. We'll have fenced off areas so you'll have an area for large dogs that are a little more ambitious and then maybe an area for smaller dogs that are a little bit shy."

But for all of these changes to be made the existing archery range must move.


These are the four locations being considered the military reserve gun range a spot next to the fort Boise cemetery, an open field near Cole and Maple Grove and veterans memorial park.

"There are certainly some advantages to various sites but there are also some disadvantages to a number of those sites and we believe there's one location that has very little disadvantage at all," Holloway said. "The archers that we have talked to about that site seem to be excited about it as well."

You can hear about all the possible new archery range locations including they city's ideal choice next Wednesday. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the library at Boise High.

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