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Table Rock mesa parking lot will be closed the rest of the year

BOISE (KIVI) – The Idaho State Historical Society manages the Table Rock area from the upper mesa parking lot to the trails down to the Old Pen. The ISHS does this through an agreement with the Idaho Department of Lands.
The Idaho State Historical Society has decided to close the upper mesa parking lot that allows around 30 cars to park close to the top of one of Boise’s most iconic views.
The Table Rock area will still be open to hiking, and people can park on the side of the paved Table Rock Road, however, once that road makes a right-hand turn and changes to dirt, there is no parking.
“What we’ve observed in the last 12 weeks is we’ve seen upwards of 250 cars per night, which causes a public safety concern,” said Janet Gallimore, the executive director of the Idaho Historical Society.
The overcrowding of Table Rock has led to trespassing issues on private land, increased difficulty for police and fire to respond to emergencies and several other problems.
“Vandalism, drug use, violence, discharge of firearms, stolen vehicles, fighting, fire setting and all of those things damage the Boise foothills and puts lives, private and public property at risk,” said Gallimore. “These public safety concerns have directly led to to the mesa parking area closure.”
The mesa parking area will be closed for the rest of 2020. The parking lot usually is open from May until October and was initially closed earlier this summer because of the coronavirus.
The Idaho State Historical Society is working on a long-term plan, and they say that also includes making Table Rock accessible for people with mobility issues.

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