Clean up, clean up, along the river everywhere

employees and families pose after volunteering to pick up trash along the riverEmployees and their families showed up to give a hand in picking up litter along the Boise River’s banks and the Boise Greenbelt.

A community treasure, the Boise Greenbelt celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. With its 25-miles of tree-lined pathway, it connects Boise’s popular riverside parks as well as being a beloved park attraction in and of itself. Offering scenic views, wildlife habitat, pedestrian access, and an alternative transportation route for commuters, it follows along both sides of the Boise River through the heart of the city.

While the Greenbelt offers year-round recreational access, activity on it and in the nearby river increases once the temperature warms up. The Boise river boasts more than 125,000 people who ride tubes, rafts, or paddle boards down a six-mile stretch during the float season every summer.

When the summer starts to draw to an end, though, the sides of the river and the Greenbelt are littered with the remnants of those who took advantage of the beauty the river and the greenbelt make accessible.

For several weeks each year, a community trash cleanup effort takes place where volunteers walk and pick up the trash and debris that collected along the Greenbelt and the river’s banks.

In August, Boise Cascade employees and their families spent a couple of hours in the evening picking up trash, papers, cans, glass bottles, and even an abandoned car tire to clean up a stretch of the Boise River along the Greenbelt.