The Boise River Greenbelt: Perceived Benefits and Problems Associated with the Pathway as a Place for Activity

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Degree Title

Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Studies



Major Advisor

Bill Kozar


As one of the more extensive and picturesque park systems in the northwest, the Boise River Greenbelt and pathway has become an important place for exercise and recreation in the Boise area. Pathway activities attract people throughout the city and surrounding communities to the Greenbelt. The benefits of the pathway as a place for activity make it a valuable resource to the community.

The purpose of this study, The Boise River Greenbelt - Perceived Benefits and Problems Associated with the Pathway as a Place for Activity, was to determine benefits and problems associated with the pathway as a place for activity during exercise and recreation. Proposed areas of concern included (a) accessibility, (b) design, (c) safety, and (d) use. Additionally, demographic data was gathered from individuals participating in the study.

The study was done under approval from the Greenbelt Committee, Boise Department of Parks and Recreation. The study was done by written questionnaire. Testing areas were at Boise State University, Eckert Lane (Barber Park), and Shoreline and Veterans parks. Five administrators handed out questionnaires during the morning, noon, and evening hours on Tuesday, June, 4th and Sunday, June, 9th, 1996.

A total of 206 subjects voluntarily took part in the study. Assessment of the data collected indicated strong support for the Greenbelt and pathway system. Activity diversity, accessibility, safety, and aesthetic appearance were benefits associated with the pathway. Problems, such as alcohol use, were addressed and recommendations given.

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