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Boise’s Parks & Rec director retires

Boise Parks & Recreation Director Jim Hall retires July 2.

During Hall’s 21-year career with the city of Boise, he worked with donors on land contributions for Esther Simplot Park, Alta Harris Park and Marianne Williams Park. He helped find permanent homes for the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial and the Idaho Black History Museum.

Hall implemented the Foothills Open Space Serial Levy, which secured protection for 10,300 acres of open space in the Foothills. He was also a founder of the Ridge to Rivers trail system.

He worked with the YMCA on construction of the Boise City Aquatic center, and formed a partnership with the Boise Noon Optimist Club to build a youth sports complex off Hill Road.

Hall has been a member of the National Recreation and Park Association since 1972. He was a trustee from 1990-1996 and 2000-2003. He was co-chairman of the association’s Park, Recreation, Open Space & Greenway committee in 1995. He was also chairman of the University of Idaho Accreditation Review Team for the Department of Education’s Recreation and Park program. He is currently on the board of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

Before coming to Boise, Hall worked as deputy city manager and director of Parks & Recreation for the City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska.

The City of Boise will conduct a nationwide search for Hall’s replacement. Information will be available on the city’s human resources website at www.cityofboise.org.

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