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Gary Lane to Lose Future Park

posted Mar 4, 2018, 9:20 AM by Richard Llewellyn

Rather than become a park, the city-owned open space near Tobi Street on Gary Lane will now house the new location for the Boise Fire Station currently located on Glenwood. NWNA attended a meeting on Wednesday with Pierce Park Neighborhood Association, Fire Chief Doan, and City Parks Directory Doug Holloway to hear about the change.
Chief Doan has been working with Boise City Councilmember Lauren McLean and Elaine Clegg on the Boise City Council to make the new station fit into the neighborhood as much as possible, including substantial changes to a typical fire station layout to include a small amenity or two -- perhaps a basket ball court, community garden, or picnic tables. Let your city council members know your preference.
From the perspective of NWNA, this loss shows a lack of detailed long-term planning that must accompany the high density development that is part of the Transit Oriented Development Nodes planned for the State Street Corridor. This future park in particular was meant to maintain livability for our neighborhood upon the loss of the open space that is now the Kensington Apts and associated commercial hub.

Parks Director Doug Holloway is actively looking for a new location for a replacement park nearby, but has said that it is very difficult to find any large enough lots that the city might obtain in this compactly-built neighborhood. If the loss of the park is important to you, let councilmembers and Boise Parks and Recreation know that a replacement must be found nearby, even if it is expensive for the city, and any leads you may have on potential land. The city already owns land to the east that was reserved for the Fire Station -- this land could pay for part of the cost of paying for a new site.