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Boise acquires 2.6 acres of open space

The view of the open space parcel along Hill Road. Photo courtesy of Boise Parks and Recreation.

The view of the open space parcel along Hill Road. Photo courtesy of Boise Parks and Recreation.

The City of Boise announced the purchase of approximately 2.6 acres of open space on Dec. 23 and will engage in “a robust public outreach effort to get feedback on opportunities for the site, which could include agricultural components for the community.”

That’s according to Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway, who noted that the foothills parcel in the northwest portion of the city “has a lot of potential for the neighborhood and surrounding areas.”

The property along Hill Road and Duncan Lane was sold to the city by Viper Investments LLC for $355,000, not including due diligence and closing costs. The funds to buy the mostly-flat parcel came from the 2015 Clean Water and Open Space Levy Fund. The purchase includes irrigation infrastructure and an adjacent public right-of-way that connects with the trail system in the nearby Boise Foothills. The Veterans Trailhead is a short walking distance away.

“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.”

In a press release issued by the city, Boise said it would engage the public in future discussions on how this purchase should be used and developed. Since the property was purchased right before the winter holidays, there is currently no timetable or schedule yet for community meetings.

Boise voters approved the $10 million Clean Water and Open Space Levy Fund in 2015. The purpose of the levy is to support the preservation of open space in Boise, to protect natural habitats, and to fund clean water improvement projects for the foothills and the Boise River. The levy is managed by Boise’s Open Space and Clean Water Advisory Committee.

The levy fund still has more than $9 million available for future land purchases and projects.

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