2019: A Year to Remember

As we welcome in 2020, we'd like to take a moment to look back at some of the great moments that made up 2019 in Boise. From opening new parks, to being named a Welcoming City, 2019 was definitely a year to remember.

Here are some of the highlights:

Boise Named Welcoming City

Three people stand outside with their right hands raised, taking the United States oath of citizenship

In 2019, the City of Boise became a certified welcoming city by Welcoming America, reflecting the city’s long-standing commitment to promoting inclusivity for all residents, including new Americans.

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Greenbelt 50th Anniversary Celebration

Three women jog across bridge over Boise River

In 2019, the Boise River Greenbelt turned 50 years old. To celebrate, the Parks and Recreation Department and Boise City Department of Arts & History hosted a series of events to honor this beloved pathway that connects our community. Additionally, Greenbelt users submitted their Boise River Greenbelt stories.

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Boise Whitewater Park Makes Waves, Dedicates New Features

In July, Phase 2 of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park opened which included three new structures downstream from the original adjustable wave, additional seating and viewing spots, improved river access and a new plaza area.

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Two individuals in kayaks on rapid at Boise Whitewater Park

Zoo Boise Opens Gorongosa National Park Exhibit

Large group gathers around as ribbon is cut for exhibit opening

Zoo Boise’s Gorongosa National Park Exhibit opened to the public on Wednesday, July 17. The 2.5-acre expansion highlights the zoo’s conservation efforts across the globe while educating users on efforts to aid the animals and the people who live in Mozambique, Africa.

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100 Percent Clean Electricity Goal Set

In April, Boise City Council passed a bold clean energy goal, committing to establishing community-wide use of 100 percent clean electricity by 2035.

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Downtown Boise at night

Boise Kind Day

On June 22, 2019, over 700 volunteers at eight sites across the city participated in the inaugural Boise Kind Day. Volunteers took on everything from spreading bark and mulch, installing new picnic tables and removing goatheads from the foothills.

Learn More and Take the Boise Kind Pledge

Two people outside wearing Boise Kind t-shirts

Community Conversations

Group of people at round table with someone writing on easel

In early May, the city hosted a series of Community Conversations focused on transportation. In this series, participants had the opportunity to identify transportation concerns throughout the city and provide feedback on the city's transportation priorities for the future.

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Mixed-Income Housing Gets a New Boost with Opening of Adare

On October 29, a coalition of community and regional partners cut the ribbon on Adare, an important new affordable and workforce housing development in the heart of downtown Boise.

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Exterior of multi-story building with name "Adare"

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