Construction of the long-awaited Ray Neef MD River Recreation Park on the Boise River is continuing at a brisk pace.
This week crews have been installing the Wave Shapers in the new concrete structures that are replacing the old Thurman Mill diversion near Quinn's Pond.
Here is a photo of the latest construction. Here are some tidbits from the Ray Neef MD River Park website.
This is the first phase of the park, which is located near 3400 W. Pleasanton Ave. west of downtown Boise between Main Street and Veteran’s Memorial Park.
The project includes replacement of the aging diversion and construction of a new fully automated structure that will allow for in-river recreation activities, such as kayakers surfing waves.
Funding has been provided by various individuals and foundations, the City of Boise and a grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation.
To take advantage of the low water in the Boise River, crews are working 10-hour days from 7 a.m. to 6p.m. six days a week, Mondays through Saturdays.
Improvements will include widening of the river bank, which also will be heavily armored to add stability. The bank will also be reconfigured to allow the public to sit and observe the river and the users of the water park.
Barring any complications involved with the in-river portion of construction, this first phase of the park is expected to be completed by spring.