West End

Energize Our Neighborhoods has selected the West End for its upcoming projects. Located west of downtown, the neighborhood lies between the Boise River and State St., stretching from 19th and 23rd streets to Veterans Memorial Parkway. The area is home to multiple recreational opportunities and diverse cultural gatherings.

Esther Simplot Park
Esther Simplot Park


Thank you to everyone who attended the Open House or mailed in your postcard. A total of 106 votes were received, and Energize will begin moving forward on the two projects that received the most votes.

Pedestrian / Bicycle Crossing

Focus Area: Transportation

This project will be on 23rd Stree at Bannock Street. It was selected based upon the following feedback:

  • Better connectivity and safe access to amenities, like parks
  • More pedestrian and bike-friendly
  • Safer crossings on busy streets

Project Area Map

Next Steps

Design work is underway for a RRFB crossing (Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon) on the north side of the intersection. This will provide safer access to Fairview Park and also aligns with Ada County Highway District’s (ACHD) recently adopted Whitewater + VMP Neighborhood Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which identifies Bannock St. as the highest priority location for an enhanced crossing on 23rd St. The goal for the start of construction is 2020. You can view ACHD’s full Bike/Ped Plan, project list, and project map online here.

Water Feature

Focus Area: Healthy Communities

This project will be at Fairview Park. It was selected based upon the following feedback:

  • Park improvements and amenities
  • More park water features

Next Steps

Project Completed! Residents voted on colors, and one blue and one green water mister pole were installed in October 2019. View Project

Community Garden at Whittier Elementary

Design and work on the new community garden is underway! As a resident in the neighborhood, you can access this free resource of organic produce! You also have an opportunity to be involved in the planning and gardening pieces.

If you are interested in being on the community garden committee, please contact us at energize@cityofboise.org.

Community-Building Committee

Throughout the Visioning process, residents expressed a desire for more events/activities and more opportunities to engage and connect with neighbors, build relationships, and strengthen the sense of community. A committee of residents was formed to identify barriers, goals, and strategies for engaging and connecting residents. If you are interested in being part of this committee or in volunteering at future events, please contact us at energize@cityofboise.org.

Developing a Shared Vision

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 10 visioning events were held, with 189 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.

Past Neighborhood Investment Projects

Neighborhood Investment Program projects in the area:

  • Madison Early Childhood Center Inscribed Entrance Border - 2002
  • ADA Accessible Dock at Quinn's Pond - 2005 & 2006
  • "Water Chute" in the 30th Street Roundabout - 2013
  • Swim Bouys at Quinn's Pond - 2014
  • Whittier Art Boundary Project - 2014
  • Fairview Park Improvements - 2016
  • Bike Racks at Esther Simplot Park - 2017

West End Neighborhood Association

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

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