A new experience awaits those making the steep ascent up the chute at Camel’s Back Park in Boise’s North End.
Boise Parks & Recreation has spent the fall and winter stabilizing the upper third of the 464-foot-long chute that had deteriorated to such an extent the landing on top was no more than 5 to 10 feet across, said Toby Norton, the department’s design manager and project manager for the Camel’s Back chute.
Erosion poured sand down the chute and sent sand seeping 20 to 30 feet into the grassy park.
Parks & Rec in October brought in Winspear Construction of Boise to stabilize the hill and install stone steps at the top third that are framed with retaining walls created with boulders. The summit landing atop Camel’s Back is now 20 feet.
The $168,000 project involved 55 steps interspersed with a series of landings. This is at the steepest section of the chute where the slope is 44 to 50 percent or 25 to 29 degrees.
“There were never steps before,” Norton said. “You do have to use the stairs (to get to the top).”
The work should be completed in February with the chute reopening to the public some time in spring.
“As far as I know, no specific work has been done before to slow erosion of the chute,” Norton said.