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A new trail in Boise will connect VA Center to Military Reserve

Boise will soon have new recreation trail near the Boise VA Medical Center.

The 0.75-mile trail will connect the VA center to existing trails in the Military Reserve area located near the East and North End area.Dogs will be allowed on the trail but they must be leashed.

The trail will be designed as a neighborhood access point near W. Union Street. There will be no formal trailhead or additional parking.

“This new trail connection will increase access to one of the city’s most popular reserves and trail users who responded to our most recent Ridge to Rivers survey strongly support its construction,” Boise Parks and Recreation Director, Doug Holloway said.

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A new trail near Boise VA Center will open this year. Photo courtesy of St. Luke’s.

The news release says community members requested the trail, and the VA supports it.

St. Luke’s donating funds

St. Luke’s is donating the money for the trail to the City of Boise in response to the ongoing construction near the VA center. The construction will wrap up this spring.

“We are thrilled to partner with the City of Boise to provide this new trail connection as a way to give back and celebrate the completion of this phase of enhancements to the Boise hospital,” St. Luke’s Vice President of system operations Sandee Gehrke, said. “This trail will improve access to outdoor recreation, and is something our employees, families, neighbors and the community can enjoy.”

The connection will cost St. Luke’s around $12,000, and the Ridge to Rivers trail crew will build the trail this year.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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