New Walking Path at Garfield Elementary to Open this Summer

July 31, 2020

As part of the City of Boise’s Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative, and in partnership with St. Luke’s FitOne Boise, the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation and the Garfield Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, a project to construct a walking path at Garfield Elementary School will begin this month.

The walking path was a priority project identified by residents in the South Boise Village neighborhood through an extensive visioning process that began in 2018. Resident input on priority areas in the neighborhood was gathered at nine (9) in-person events and through an online survey available in five (5) languages. Based on the input, the Energize Our Neighborhoods team hosted an in-person Open House to share the recommendations and have the community vote on their top project choice. Those who were unable to attend in person, or were not ready to vote at the event, were able to mail in their vote.

The walking path at Garfield Elementary School was identified as a top priority project. It will serve as an important asset for the staff and students at Garfield, including their walking clubs, and will be accessible to the public outside of school hours. Construction began this week and is set to be completed this summer.

Learn about the other projects that are moving forward in South Boise Village.

Energize Our Neighborhoods is a long-term strategy for keeping Boise unique and vibrant. This innovative program is a collaboration between Boise’s residents, public and private partners, and the City to improve livability. It works to identify opportunities to align resources, make measurable change, and create more vibrant and connected neighborhoods. The program is focused on neighborhood-level citizen engagement around projects designed to increase livability.

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