The Barber Pool property in Ada County is now an open space and conservation area.
The Ada County Commissioners signed a resolution to protect the 35 plus acre property that is home to a wealth of wildlife.
“Ada County’s population is projected to almost double in size by the year 2040, and that’s not that far off,” Ada County Commissioner Kendra Kenyon said. “That is why we believe it is critically important to make sure we protect the things that are precious to us. We are doing what we can to make sure wildlife habitat, unique vegetation, and wetlands remain areas of inspiration.”
Though the property is now a conservation area, it does not prevent certain activities from happening. Specifically, it will not stop passive outdoor activities like birdwatching, hiking and painting.
However, the press release notes the county will continue to work with neighbors and stakeholders to decide the rules of access.
“As a child growing up in Boise, my family and I always found places to visit where we could revive our connection to nature,” Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo said. “I am proud we are doing tangible things to protect our quality of life and our heritage for future generations.”
The Barber Pool property is on the north bank of the Boise River near Highway 21 and Warm Springs Avenue. The Boise River Greenbelt borders it on one side, and the river on the other.