Residents choose "Energize Our Neighborhoods" projects

Posted at 5:55 AM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 12:39:27-04

BOISE, Idaho — The City of Boise's Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative announced six new projects in three Boise neighborhoods as part of the 2018 expansion into the South Boise Village, West Bench and West End neighborhoods.

The projects are the result of an extensive visioning process held between April and December last year. Residents in each neighborhood provided input to determine what neighborhood livability looks like, neighborhood strengths, and ideas for improvements.

“Boise is a city of neighborhoods,” said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. “Each contributes to the unique, vibrant and welcoming identity of our great city. The Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative is at the helm of supporting and promoting neighborhood identity and vitality.”

Based on resident input, the following projects received the highest amount of votes in each neighborhood:

South Boise Village Neighborhood

  • Pedestrian/bicycle crossing on Boise Ave. at Manitou Ave.
  • Walking path at Garfield Elementary

West Bench Neighborhood

  • Settler’s Canal Project: Cleaning up of area between Glenwood and Maple Grove on Goddard, landscaping, and installation of a pathway along the canal bank
  • Phase 1 preparation and planting for an orchard at Spaulding Ranch

West End Neighborhood

  • Water feature (misters) at Fairview Park
  • Pedestrian/bicycle crossing on 23rd St., between Pleasanton Ave. and Bannock St.

The Energize team led 24 neighborhood Visioning Events, engaging 555 people who live, work, or have students in school in the three target neighborhoods. The final project options were shared with the community through open house events. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about each proposed project, vote for their preference, and meet with city and community partners to learn about the resources and services available.

The Energize team will now move into the next phase of the projects in each neighborhood. A working group made of residents, community partners and city team members will be formed for each project. The groups will develop project plans and provide input into projects and residents will learn the process for taking neighborhood projects from concept to reality.