Plantation Greenbelt Bridge to be restored by early April
The Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands is thrilled to announce that it has raised sufficient funds from more than 170 private donors and multiple partners to restore the Plantation Greenbelt pedestrian bridge to its original location by early April.
We did it!
We Raised $117,000
After the bridge was removed for safety reasons, the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands has worked to raise sufficient funds to repair the areas around the bridge footings on Plantation Island and restore the bridge to its original location. A total of $200,000 was needed for the project. The Foundation raised $117,000 to cover local match requirements, and FEMA funds came through to cover the balance.
“When we publicized the need for private donations, we were overwhelmed with the community’s generosity,” Judy Peavey-Derr said. “We’ve had more than 170 private donations, from $5 individual donations to contributions in the tens of thousands.”
Quadrant Consulting, Parametrix and River Structures Consulting have provided their professional services at below-cost rates to help make the project possible, she said. “It’s just been a wonderful partnership project. Everyone loves the Greenbelt!”
Bridge Restoration Project
All of the permitting work has been completed and a construction contractor has been hired to proceed with construction to restore both ends of the bridge footings to a long-term sustainable condition, and fly the bridge back into place by early April.
The Foundation will provide an exact date as to the day when the Plantation bridge is flown back into place so the community can come watch it, officials said. Project completion is expected to occur on April 6 at the latest.
Flooding on the Boise River caused erosion of the embankments and pathway of the Greenbelt Bridge near the Plantation Islands near Boise and Garden City. April 3, 2017 a hired crane removed the bridge from the embankments when concern rose that the bridge structure could fail and the bridge could fall or be swept downstream.
The Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands, private nonprofit and nongovernmental, has worked to protect outdoor resources. The Foundation has handled more than $12,000,000 in real estate assets and our administrative budget has never been more than one percent of our asset base. Begun in 1972, the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands is the oldest land trust in Idaho.