June 23 2016, Energize Our Neighborhoods hosted Ustick Townsite Project Community Outreach Event.
It was a great pleasure to share the Ustick Townsite Beautification Project concept design with so many interested and supportive West Boise residents!
What was evident was the interest the project is generating with people who have connections to the Ustick Townsite as well as many West Boise residents who are excited about partnering with Energize Our Neighborhoods to revitalize West Boise. Folks shared historic photos and memorabilia from the Ustick Townsite.
This event would not have been possible without the support and guidance of Leon Letson, Boise City Planning & Development and Melinda McGoldrick, Energize Our Neighborhoods. Our thanks to Jeff Aldous of Ustick Albertsons for refreshments and Anna Webb of the Idaho Statesman for her article highlighting the Ustick Townsite project. Thanks to West Valley Neighborhood Association for support and kudos to Parks Estates HOA Board for lighting the fire and keeping the flames going to preserve the historical integrity of the Ustick Townsite.
During the tour we were able to share the design concept plan with the Mayor, discuss the history of the townsite and the role Boise City Arts and History will play in developing historical interpretive displays in the townsite. Energize Our Neighborhoods program coordinator, Melinda McGoldrick was on hand to share information about future collaboration between West Valley Neighborhood Association and the Energize program.
Mayor Bieter toured the industrial kitchen operating at the Merc and was treated to samples of salsa, tamales, scones and energy bars that are produced in the kitchen. Chrystal Madril, owner of Madril's Beauty Salon operating out of the old Ustick Bank, toured the Mayor through her shop and showed him the antique bank vault that still exists in the building. The Mayor was impressed with Redwood Park, the Shamrock Bicycle path, the Ustick School, Dr. Harlan Ustick's homestead and the new residential development currently underway in the Ustick Townsite.
It was an honor for our team to have this opportunity to spend time with the Mayor to share the Ustick Townsite concept design with him. We appreciate his interest and support of the Ustick Townsite Beautification project!
The Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant in support of the Ustick Townsite Beautification Project has been submitted to the city of Boise.
If approved, the grant will provide funding for phase one of the Ustick Townsite Project. Phase one includes landscaping the north and south side of Ustick from North Bryson Way to Wildwood St. Take a look at the beautiful concept design. Grant recipients should be announced in February 2017 and if our grant is awarded, landscaping on the project will begin during the spring of 2017.
The grassroots team, working with Boise City Planning & Development, volunteered more than 600 hours in bringing this project to life. Our team recently met with Melinda McGoldrick of Energize Our Neighborhoods to begin planning for a Ustick Townsite Farmer's Market at Redwood Park beginning in the summer of June 2017. There are so many exciting things to look forward to as the Ustick Townsite Beautification Project moves forward.
Thanks to the Ustick Apple Blossom Club for their donation of $200.00 toward the project. We are now able to take cash donations through the West Valley Neighborhood Association. Please consider donating to help make West Boise the most livable and beautiful part of Boise!
Mayor Bieter announced the 2017 Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant awards on March 23.
Great news to share! Phase I of The Ustick Townsite Beautification Project was funded at $106,215 for landscaping and Signage and $6,000.00 for Historical Interpretation Signage. It will be so exciting to watch the Ustick Townsite being transformed into a beautiful area we can all be proud of! Many thanks to Judy Herman, Cindy Ritchie, Barb Bancroft and Janie Hawes for their countless volunteer hours and passion for this project!! Our project manager from Boise City is Leon Letson and we look forward to working with him throughout the summer to complete landscaping and historical signage in the Townsite.
Energize Our Neighborhoods will be partnering with West Valley Neighborhood Association this spring in a "Visioning" exercise in which West Boise residents will have an opportunity to share their vision to improve our neighborhoods with Boise city planning officials. We will keep you updated on dates, times and locations of Visioning meetings. We hope you plan to attend to give your input!
Ustick in Bloom was celebrated on May 12, 2018 with a dedication of the beautification project of the Ustick townsite by Mayor Beiter and members of the Boise City Council. The Mayor spoke about the grassroots effort of the West Valley Neighborhood Association that made the beautifcation project a great success and accepted a check for $20,000.00 from Wells Fargo Bank to continue with further improvements and beautifcation of the Ustick townsite.
Over 300 West Boise neighbors convened in Redwood Park to celebrate the dedication with shopping, dining and dancing to live music! Everyone who attended had a great time and is looking forward to celebrating more improvements on the project next year.
If you have an interest in helping out with next year’s celebration and serving on a planning committee to pilot a Farmer’s Market next summer in Redwood Park, please contact Judy Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are needed to keep Ustick blooming!
Please take a moment to look at THE DEDICATION VIDEO and the photos below of our first Ustick in Bloom celebration.
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