Good parks!

Mayor Dave Bieter makes announcement at Skyline Park.

Mayor Dave Bieter makes announcement at Skyline Park.

Recipe for a neighborhood park: it should be a safe, green refuge where families and kids can relax, play and meet their friends and neighbors. Skyline Park in Northwest Boise fills that bill.

And last year, Skyline Park got even better, thanks to a $25,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant to the West Valley Neighborhood Association. The grant, part of a $500,000 fund the Mayor’s Office sets aside each year for neighborhood improvements, paid for the design, purchase and installation of new playground equipment.

Skyline also served as the perfect place to announce this year’s recipients of Neighborhood Reinvestment Grants last week. This year $339,740 was awarded to 10 projects that will “enrich the lives of citizens, enhance neighborhood identity and quality of life, and encourage a strong sense of community,” Mayor Dave Bieter said. “Investing in our neighborhoods is absolutely crucial if Boise is to remain a safe, livable community. I’m proud that we’ve been able to expand the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program so that all areas of our city can get the amenities that they choose.”

Upcoming projects include:
— LED Street Lighting Retrofit (North End Neighborhood Association).
— Bicycle Lockers (Downtown Boise Association).
— DeMeyer Park Bike Path Phase 3 (West Valley Neighborhood Association).
— Morris Hill Playground Equipment (Morris Hill Neighborhood Association).
— Holcomb Trail Signage (Southeast Neighborhood Association).
— Cabinet Control Box Public Art (Downtown Boise Association).
— Warm Springs Historic Street Lights (East End Neighborhood Association).

Applications for 2010 grants will be accepted beginning this fall.

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One response to “Good parks!

  1. What a wonderful thing to invest in! I would love to see the city try and create more pocket parks in the city, so more families could realistically move to the city core. Without parks, families can’t live in the city, where some of us would love to live. Kudos to Mayor Bieter and the City for putting focus on such a need in our community.

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