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BOISE — The park near Quinn’s Pond is getting an update next summer.

On Tuesday, the Boise City Council approved $389,474 for Anchorage, Alaska-based TDX Power Services to add landscaping and other features on the south end of Quinn’s Pond, between the Greenbelt and the popular swimming area. It is expected to be completed in summer 2020.

The bid includes boulder walls, concrete work and landscaping, with the possibility of other amenities added later. The entire park will be about 4 acres in size, and could include a playground, an overlook and additional concrete work.

The master plan provided by city officials shows a nature-themed park with an unmown grass meadow, a floating wetland, a pollinator garden and a garden of low-water plants. Some other amenities shown include a fishing dock, a natural playground with “musical elements,” and an overlook for visitors at the pond.

Bonnie Shelton, spokeswoman for Boise Parks and Recreation, said all of the features on the master plan might not be included in the final project as more bids and construction contracts are completed.

This is one of several investments into this popular area in recent years. Esther Simplot Park, located across the pond, opened to the public in 2016 and features a network of swimming ponds and water attractions free of charge. It is adjacent to the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Whitewater Park in the Boise River, which just had another over $10 million expansion opened earlier this summer.

Margaret Carmel covers the city of Boise. Follow her on Twitter @mlcarmel or reach her by phone at 757-705-8066.

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