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Ada County renames Greenbelt pathway to honor former County Commissioner

Posted at 3:03 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 17:03:50-04

The Ada County Commissioners are renaming the Greenbelt stretch known as the “Three Cities Pathway” to the “Judy Peavey-Derr Pathway” in honor of her contributions to the project and the Boise River Greenbelt.

Peavey-Derr served as an Ada County Commissioner from 1987 to 1991 and again from 2003 to 2007. She was a key advocate of the concept for a pathway along the Boise River, according to a news release from the Commissioners’ Office. “Judy worked tirelessly, campaigning for broad public support and recognition of a connected, community pathway system, providing public transportation, recreation, health and fitness benefits,” the release stated. 

Judy had a vision to connecting our community,” said Commission Chairman Jim Tibbs. “The fruition of that vision has positively impacted the lives of all who live and visit Ada County and we want to ensure her legacy will always be a part of the Greenbelt.” 

During Judy’s service as President of the Foundation for Ada County Trail Systems (F.A.C.T.S.), from 1997 to 2013, she was able to help obtain five easements that were used to extend the Greenbelt pathway system downstream from Garden City on the south side of the Boise River creating a Greenbelt segment known as “Three Cities Pathway.” Ada County recently agreed to accept management responsibilities for this section of public Greenbelt pathway as proposed by F.A.C.T.S.

“The Ada County Commissioners are renaming it after Judy to recognize her efforts to connect Ada County communities, residents and visitors to the Treasure Valley,” the release said.

F.A.C.T.S. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the vision of connected non-motorized pathways from Lucky Peak State Park to the confluence of the Boise and Snake Rivers. F.A.C.T.S. began its mission in 1998 continuing the work that was originally started in 1987 by the Boise River Trail Foundation.

A ceremony for Judy Peavey-Derr will be held Wednesday, November 2nd at 11 a.m. in the Commissioners’ conference room, on the third floor of the Ada County Courthouse at 200 W. Front Street in Boise.