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Get your float on: Boise shakes up parking for floating the river

Floating the Boise River is more popular than ever and the City of Boise is hoping for some changes to accommodate demand.

Starting tomorrow, the popular tradition of cruising down the river between Barber and Ann Morrison parks will officially open to the public now with a shuttle between parks and tube rental. But, this year the City of Boise is asking prospective floaters to park at Ann Morrison Park and take the shuttle to the beginning of the six-mile stretch, instead of the other way around. 

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Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said as floating has gotten more popular, it has outgrown the amount of parking at Barber Park. This sends people into the nearby neighborhood to find spaces, which has resulted in complaints of traffic and other disturbances.

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To handle this, he said the city hopes more people will park at the end of their trip where there is more room for cars. There is a new pick-up and drop-off zone at the park to accommodate floaters new this summer, as well. Parking at Ann Morrison Park is free, unlike Barber Park.

“One of the (solutions) is to really emphasize that at Ann Morrison park we have 1,300 parking spaces,” Holloway said. “That’s where the shuttles pick up rafters and drop rafters off. It makes sense to encourage the floaters to park at Ann Morrison, take the shuttles, get out of the river and go get right into your car. By encouraging the Ann Morrison piece we feel it will lessen the parking issues we’re having around Barber Park.”

New no-parking signs have gone up on the streets closest to Barber Park. Holloway said the city’s parking enforcement staff and Boise Police Department officers will be patrolling the area outside the park. If you park in a no-parking zone, Holloway said you could get a parking ticket or have your car towed by the city.

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Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev Sr. Reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at [email protected] or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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