Seems like we have been looking forward to this forever – but it looks like good things are happening quickly. Sweet!

With help from the friends of the park, the City has just successfully negotiated and signed a deal with the Thurman Mill Canal Company that owns rights to the diversion now known to kayakers as the 36th st. Wave. The agreement allows the city to demolish and re-build the diversion structure including play wave features.

Design now has the new structure as a bladder type diversion with two engineered andquot;Wave Shaperandquot; features that will allow creation of any kind of wave imaginable for freestyle kayaking. Preliminary design and models show that this may be the best wave shaper in the world. The Agreement with Thurman Mill was a milestone that was difficult and a prerequisite to any development of the park features. Design also includes installing fill for a wider section of land between the wave (river) and the pond that alows for the bike path to be routed closer to the pond and adding a river side path to be constructed for spectators and kayakers to move up and down river on seperate from the bike path. Lots of spectator seating will be built into the design similar to what is at the park in Reno.

This also opens the door to launching a more focused fund raising campaign. Economic conditions will result in the city holding off on the second year of $750k funding, however, other pledges have secured $1.3 million. Also, the Esther Simplot park is being pushed forward by the Simplot family with their own design firm and funding. The Simplots are currently very positive about the overall park and the in stream features. The city may receive some funding from the stimulus package for a pedestrian bridge over the river and the city has prioritized this project.

The city selected McAlvain Construction to construct the park features and they are actively working on the project now with groundbreaking date yet to be defined. The Thurman Mill agreement probably means a date for groundbreaking may come sooner than later.

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