Boise area growth, a midweek holiday, and high temps combined to jam the public water venues at Barber Park and Lucky Peak Wednesday with patriots celebrating July 4th.
Corps of Engineers rangers in nifty uniforms and Idaho Park rangers also in nifty uniforms turned away visitors to both Sandy Point swimming area below the dam and the boat launch sites on the reservoir shores. There just weren’t enough parking spots. Cars lined Highway 21 below the dam and at Spring Shores Marina upstream.
Visitors to Barber Park’s river float launch site found it impossible to enter or park. Many pulled off Eckert Road and Boise Avenue only to be tagged by Boise Cops with $35 parking tickets.
Since the City offered free parking downtown at the parking garages and on the street, the GUARDIAN thinks it would be a patriotic gesture for the city to make a one time only offer for amnesty to those motorists tagged along Eckert Road and Boise Ave.
Sure, there were signs plainly posted, but folks drove across town or the valley for a relaxing float only to find access denied. They were willing to walk nearly a mile in some cases, they weren’t trying to avoid the park entrance fee. THE SYSTEM WAS MAXED OUT!
Even the river was bow to stern with scantily clad patriots trying to beat the 100 degree heat.
We’ll sound the usual growthophobe mantra that too many people cause the problem. Before we demand more public facilities, we have to slow the growth so there aren’t more problems in the future.
Meanwhile, GIVE THEM A BREAK!
The private funded fireworks display was great. Not too long, spectacular, and a chance for locals to meet and greet in a relaxed setting.
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