NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) - Crews are paving a one-mile stretch of land behind The Islands subdivision to connect "two popular greenbelt pathways," the city of Nampa says.
The contractor tells KBOI 2News that workers put down 460 tons of asphalt Sunday, meaning they are about 3,500 feet into the roughly 5,000-foot project.
The new Partridge Pathway will connect the Stoddard
Pathways. Partridge starts at the corner of York Avenue and Powerline Road.
"Being able to connect without having to drive over here would actually be nice," said Randy Montano of Nampa. "It's a little more exercise, it's a good walk for me and my wife. It's not like I couldn't stand to drop a couple pounds by the hike."
David Quimby says the connection will make it easier for him to get to work.
"I'll probably use it quite often," he said. "I commute back and forth to work on my bike sometimes, and that's right on my way."
Many people had not heard about the project.
"I think as more and more people find out about it, the fact that it connects the two existing greenbelts will cause it to have a lot of use," Quimby said. "It should be a really nice connection trail."
Chris Ward likes to fish at the Wilson Ponds, which are surrounded by the Wilson Pathway.
"Makes sense to me to make some more trails out here," Ward said. "Try to get something going like the Boise Greenbelt. I'm sure a lot of people would use it."
Crews plan to finish paving Monday, and the new trail is expected to be ready for foot traffic by the end of the week. Signage will take a few more weeks, and the city of Nampa says it will then hold a ribbon cutting.