Monthly Archives: May 2011

Six Greenbelt sections closed by high water

Information is forwarded by Joan Johnson, Neighborhood Planner with the City from Amy Stahl with Parks & Rec.

Six Greenbelt sections closed by high water

section of the Greenbelt under Veterans Memorial Parkway has been closed because of damage caused by high flows on the Boise River. Flood waters are undercutting the river bank and causing the Greenbelt pavement to buckle and collapse.

Warning signs have been installed to prevent pedestrians from accessing the area, which is on the north side of the river.

Five sections of the Greenbelt have been closed because of high flows on the Boise River.

Areas that have been closed include:

• The tunnel on the south side East Parkcenter Bridge near Bown Crossing
• Loggers Creek footbridge from Leadville Avenue east to the West ParkCenter Bridge in Southeast Boise.
• The Bethine Church River Trail, a gravel section from the Cottonwoods Apartments on Riverstone Lane east to the powerline corridor near East Gossamer Lane in Southeast Boise.
• The Broadway Avenue underpass on the north side of the river near Boise State University.
• The Main Street tunnel on the north side of the river near Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park

For an updated list, please see:

We have also posted the individual closures on our home page — in the righthand box under “Greenbelt closures.”

Thanks for checking in.



After Last nights discussion and after a quick google search…

Here are maps of antenna towers in our neighborhood courtesy of  I don’t know how complete this is but it’s a start.


The 2011 Raft Along Program

?The 2011 Raft Along Program will be held on Tuesday June 28th. We will be taking 700 kids rafting. This is the 16th year we have run this program and we look forward to another successful year. The purpose of the program is to bring area kids and police officers together to break down barriers, and develop understanding by working together rafting.

The event is hosted by Cascade Raft Company, Inter West Transportation, First Student Bus Co., American Catering and Boise PAL. The kids are transported by bus to Cascade Raft Headquarters north of Horseshoe Bend on the Payette River. The kids are teamed with officers and a professional guide, given safety equipment and placed in rafts for the journey down river.

We float the calmer section of the river so it is safe for the kids. We have volunteer kayakers that float along with the rafts and act as safety boaters. The kids learn how to work together paddling the rafts to navigate the river safely.

Kids ages 8 to 16 are eligible to participate. Each child must fill out a rafting waiver form and have a parent or guardian sign the waiver form available at Pre-registration for all kids planning to float is mandatory! (Waiver form and additional information attached for your convenience.) We recommend that you get your waivers in for each child who will be floating as soon as you can–these trips fill up FAST and we won’t be able to guarantee a spot to any late-comers.


Charlene Miller
Boise Police Dept

Valley Regional Transit Servey

??NOTE: This message is being forwarded on behalf of Valley Regional Transit. If you have questions, please contact Mark Carnopis (contact info below).

To: Treasure Valley Residents
FROM: Mark Carnopis, Community Relations Manager
Hello all,

Valley Regional Transit (VRT) is updating its regional transportation plan. VRT staff recently met with the public and local leaders throughout the Valley to gather input.

Please take a minute to complete an on-line survey so we can learn more about your travel habits and needs. This information will be used to develop an updated “blueprint” for future transit. We really need you to fill out this short survey.

To learn more about the plan, please visit:

Below is the link to the survey (you also can access the survey from the link above):

Thank you in advance for your willingness to participate. Please direct any questions to the contact person listed below:

Mark Carnopis
Community Relations Manager
Valley Regional Transit
208-846-8547, ext. 4215

Neighborhood Meeting on Proposed Cellular Facility Structure

Monday, May 16, 2011
6:00pm – 7:00pm
6415 Ustick Road, Boise, ID 83704

There will be an informative meeting to show neighbors a proposed Cellular facility structure in front of Chow and Company (Ustick and Esquire).

Cellular Antennae Structure Neighborhood Meeting

Public Involvement Meeting

Please attend and invite friends and neighbors to attend this important meeting! It is a first meeting to see if something is feasible to do and what that might be. At this time only two Public Involvement Meetings were being mentioned in connection with this potential project.
From: Christy Foltz-Ahlrichs
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:25 PM
To: All Staff
Subject: PIM (Public Involvement Meeting)

Mountain View Pedestrian Project, Cole to Ustick

June 9, 2011 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Mountain View Elementary Multi-Purpose Room | 3500 N Cabarton Ln

Project Manager: Ryan Cutler

Christy Foltz-Ahlrichs
Sr. Communications Specialist
Ada County Highway District
3775 Adams Street
Garden City, ID 83714
o 208.387.6108 | c 208.860.6638
fx 208.345.7650

ACHD community programs for the West Bench Neighborhood Association.

Subject: Fwd: ACHD Community Programs

Thank you for your interest in ACHD community programs for the West Bench Neighborhood Association. The link to our community programs webpage is and our planner responsible for community programs is Justin Lucas (387-6157). I?e also attached an electronic copy of our community program application for your convenience.

Currently, we have the following community program projects scheduled in the West Bench Neighborhood:
Goddard between Christine and Milwaukee: Install sidewalk on the south side of Goddard in 2014
Milwaukee between King and Wesley: Install sidewalk on the east side of Milwaukee in 2012

Additionally, we are in the early stages of looking at two other possible projects in the West Bench Neighborhood:
Cole between Kettering and Mountain View: We are looking at completing sidewalk on the west side of Cole Road.
Mountain View between Cole and Ustick: We are beginning concept work on a possible project to install some sort of pedestrian facility along this road. I know you had expressed interest in doing something along this roadway when we spoke, and we expect to have 2 public involvement meetings on this project. In the meantime, you can contact the project manager, Ryan Cutler at 387-6202 for additional information.
Please keep in mind that, as these projects are in very early stages, we have not yet made a determination of whether or not they are feasible to be built at this time.

Also, as I mentioned yesterday, ACHD works closely with Boise City and the school districts to identify needs for pedestrian facilities. As such, you may wish to get in touch with the school districts to coordinate:
Sarah Stobaugh, Boise School District, 854-4120,
Don Nesbitt, Meridian School District, 855-4500,

Please feel free to call me if you have any other questions.

Matt Edmond
Senior Transportation Planner
Ada County Highway District




Mayor David Bieter today joined with Boise neighborhood associations at the Borah Community Garden to announce the 2011 recipients of the City of Boise Neighborhood Reinvestment Grants program. This year Boise awarded $382,345 for 12 capital projects, plus an additional $13,898 for 9 “mini-grant” projects, for a total benefit to neighborhoods of$396,373.

“The Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant program is wonderful for neighborhoods because it allows their residents to decide from themselves what projects they want to undertake to improve and beautify their areas,” Mayor Bieter said. “This program not only makes Boise more livable, it puts the control in the hands of the neighborhoods where it belongs.”


The capital project grants are intended to fund physical improvements within neighborhoods that will enrich the lives of citizens, enhance the identity and quality of life and encourage a strong sense of community. This is the second year of the city’s mini-grant program, which provides neighborhood associations funding for non-capital projects under $2,000.


Projects that received funding this year include:


  • Somerset Park (Boise Heights Neighborhood Association) – Fund the first phase of development for the park by installing new infrastructure, turf and landscape. ($56,000)
  • Central Rim Signage (Central Rim Neighborhood Association) – Purchase and install signs to identify the Central Rim neighborhood. ($3,100)
  • Interurban Rail Station Signage (Collister Neighborhood Association) – Create new signage to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Boise’s Interurban Rail System. ($4,500)
  • Traffic Control Box Art (Downtown Boise Neighborhood Association) – Commission artists to decorate traffic boxes in the downtown area. ($13,275)
  • Warm Springs Historic Street Lights (East End Neighborhood Association) – Purchase and install ten additional historic streetlights along Warm Springs Avenue. Since 2006, the East End Neighborhood Association has used NRG funding to install 39 of 50 planned historic streetlights along the avenue, not including this year’s award. ($74,318)
  • Comba Park Community Garden (West Valley Neighborhood Association) – Create a quarter-acre community garden with off-street parking within the planned Comba Park property. ($59,700)
  • Peppermint Park Playground Equipment (Southwest Ada County Alliance) – Fund new playground equipment for 2- to 5-year-olds within Peppermint Park. ($65,000)
  • Denmark, Chile/Sunrise Rim Sidewalks (Sunrise Rim Neighborhood Association) – Install new sidewalks on selected streets within the neighborhood. ($52,000)
  • Interpretive Walking Trail Signs (Veterans Park Neighborhood Association) – Install 2.5 miles of historical and interpretive walking trails in the 30th Street Area. ($15,820)