West Bench

Energize Our Neighborhoods has selected the West Bench for its upcoming projects.

Visioning Events

A visioning event brings neighborhood residents together to develop a shared vision for where they live, work and play. No idea is too big or small; the goal is to think creatively and passionately about future investments that support the group's shared vision.

Throughout 2018, stakeholders had multiple opportunities to provide their feedback.  Using an online survey and in-person events, a total of 7 visioning events were held, with 206 total participants providing their feedback about neighborhood projects.

In 2019, stakeholders were invited to an open house event and provided a mail-in voting option to prioritize neighborhood projects and will begin collaborating to implement those projects.


Thank you to everyone who attended the Open House or mailed in your postcard. A total of 328 votes were received, and Energize will begin moving forward on the two projects that received the most votes:

Settlers Canal Project | Focus Areas: Healthy Communities and Transporation

This project will be the cleanup, beautification and enhancement of the area along Settlers Canal on Goddard Rd. It was selected based upon the following feedback:

  • Better connectivity and safe access to amenities
  • Access to pedestrian-friendly walking areas, pathways, trails
  • More pedestrian and bike-friendly
  • Better sense of community/neighborhood pride
  • Cleanups/beautifications

Next Steps

The City will partner with University of Idaho graduate students in the fall on design concepts for a pathway/linear park. Come share ideas and input with City staff and students before they begin working on designs!

Public Input Session
Wednesday, September 4, 6-8 p.m. | Capital High School, 8055 W Goddard Rd

Spaulding Ranch Orchard | Focus Areas: Healthy Communities

This project will be the first phase of the overall improvement of the area. It was selected based upon the following feedback:

  • Access to food/produce
  • Community garden / more green space
  • More opportunities to engage and connect with neighbors
  • Building/strengthening relationships, sense of community, and neighborhood pride

If you are interested in being involved in either of these projects, please fill out the form below.


Past Neighborhood Investment Projects

The West Bench Neighborhood Association has made investments over the years to the beautification of its neighborhood.

West Bench Neighborhood Association

Learn more about the Neighborhood Association, board members, current activities, and upcoming events.

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