City of Boise Purchases Open Space in Northwest Boise

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Posted at 5:27 AM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 07:27:58-05

BOISE, Idaho — The City of Boise has closed on the purchase of an approximately 2.6-acre piece of open space property. The parcel is located along Hill Road and Duncan Lane in Northwest Boise.

“This piece of property has a lot of potential for the neighborhood and surrounding areas,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “We will be engaging in a robust public outreach effort to get feedback on opportunities for the site, which could include agricultural components for the community.”

The property was purchased from Viper Investments LLC for $355,000 (which does not include due diligence and closing costs) with funds from the 2015 Clean Water and Open Space Levy Fund. There is more than $9 million left from the levy for future land purchases and projects. In addition to the land along Hill Rd., there is irrigation infrastructure and an adjacent public right-of-way that can provide connectivity to nearby trails in the Boise Foothills.

“Potential activations at the site could include community gardens, fruit trees and vegetable plantings and walking paths,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Foothills and Open Space Superintendent Sara Arkle. “We’re pleased to preserve this area for future generations.”

Engagement with neighbors and community members will continue as plans for the property are developed. There’s currently no timetable for the project.