The Portneuf Greenway has some big plans for the Highland area.
“We wanted to start with our trail where Chubbuck Road is going to be and it will on city right-of-way all the way,” said Tamara Code, Executive Director of Portneuf Greenway Foundation. “Once we get up to where the new subdivision is going in we are going to go across the subdivision and down to Lois Lane so that people can come in a big loop. Eventually, we would like to get all the way to the top of the mountain and then that way it connects to BLM land. And they’ve already approached me in wanting to do some trails on their land.”
This latest expansion won’t be paid for by the city or even the county. In fact all of their projects have been paid for through a combination of annual events like RiverFest and through grants from private foundations.
The formula seems to be working for the Greenway as they now have over ten miles of trail and they believe this is having a positive effect on the overall health of the community.
“Last summer we did the Walk with a Doc and we got a lot of people out that realized that it’s really a lot of fun to walk on the greenway,” said Code. “It’s easy there’s nobody to bother you and it’s a great way to learn to ride a bike. Just getting outside is really one of the biggest benefits to the greenway. It’s easy, no cost, just come out and get on the greenway.”
The first public hearing will be held February 12, at the Town Place Suites by Marriot in Pocatello. It’s scheduled to run from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.