New Boise Trails + Gingerbread House Fundraiser + Seasonal Trail Closures

Hello Wednesday. Gretchen Parsons here with your summary.

Good morning. The City of Boise is planning the construction of two new roads in the next few years, we have the details. Plus, build an architect-designed gingerbread house for a good cause.

  • Today: 44°🌨 Probable mix of snow and rain.

first up today

Construction of Broadway and Bench roads will begin in 2024

As Margaret Carmel reports, the city of Boise is creating two new bike and pedestrian paths: one on the Boise Bench near Cassia Park and another connecting Broadway to the Fred Meyer Mall on Federal Way.

The Bench project would add a road in the 10-mile stretch between the intersection of Garden and Albion streets toward Cassia Park from the north. It would create a direct connection between neighborhoods north of Cassia Park to the park, rather than forcing pedestrians and cyclists to go around the much busier Orchard Street to visit the park. A little over 1,000 households live within a ten minute walk of the road.

Because there is a channel along the proposed road, it would need to be piped rather than an open channel due to the need for the road to be open for maintenance. The project has been controversial for years due to nearby neighbors objecting to the removal of trees near the canal and the impacts on their privacy from people traveling on the road behind their backyards.

The second project would connect the south end of Broadway Avenue to the Fred Meyer Mall on Federal Way. It has not yet been decided whether the path would be on the east or west side of Broadway, but it would be a 10-foot-wide path for pedestrians and bicyclists with a concrete barrier separating them from automobile traffic.

Design for both projects will begin in 2023 with construction to follow in fiscal 2024.

As for how much these projects cost and how the city plans to pay for them, Margaret Carmel has a more detailed version of this story on BoiseDev.

Foothills Seasonal Trail Closures

Two trails in the Boise Foothills are being closed for the season to prevent further damage.

The Old Pen Trail in Table Rock and the lower portion of Ridge Crest Trail in the Military Reserve are now off limits. Ridge to Rivers, the organization that runs the trails, says both trails are prone to muddy conditions.

“These closures are an important step in our efforts to protect the Ridge to Rivers trail system and Boise’s open space assets during muddy trail season, and we appreciate the cooperation of our users in advance,” said Doug Holloway, director of Boise Parks and Recreation. “The use of muddy trails is the leading cause of damage to the trail system. It’s up to all of us to care for the trails and prevent long-term damage.”

The closures will last until early March. There are marked fences and signs informing visitors.

Ridge to Rivers recently released an interactive map that provides up-to-date trail conditions and closures.

Gingerbread house designed by an architect to raise funds

Building a gingerbread house can be a fun holiday activity, but how about building one designed by an architect?

Boise-based Lombard Conrad Architects sells gingerbread house kits in which people can choose between two design templates: traditional A-frame or mid-century modern. The kits come with detailed instructions, a box of gingerbread cake and cookie mix, decorative candies, and a cardboard base.

All proceeds will be donated to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, a nonprofit organization that provides critical shelter and counseling services to women, men, and children seeking freedom from domestic violence.

If you are interested in building this one-of-a-kind gingerbread house and supporting a good cause, click here.

happening today

  • Moscow vigil: A vigil for UI victims will be held in Moscow tonight at 6 pm Governor Brad Little will be there.
  • Sock Donations: Through December 21, shoppers can buy one pair of socks at McU Sports and receive one free, and McU Sports will donate one pair of socks to the Rescue Mission for every one purchased.
  • 8th Street Improvements: Boise and ACHD are seeking feedback on further proposed improvements to 8th Street. See the concepts and take the survey.
  • ICYMI Santa Claus mailbox: Drop a letter in Santa’s mailbox outside Meridian City Hall by December 19 and you’ll receive a reply in the mail from Santa before Christmas. Santa’s Mailbox is located along Broadway Avenue near the Meridian City Hall outdoor plaza.

Boise Development Reports

The chief executives of Albertsons and Kroger face questioning from the Senate panel on the proposed acquisition. Layoffs, market power, prices and more key questions

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, the CEOs of Albertsons and Kroger were questioned about the merger. Senator Amy Klobuchar says the merger will lessen competition and ultimately lead to higher prices for customers. Don Day covered the panel.

Large Village at Meridian project with retail and apartments denied due to parking and height issues

Meridian P&Z turned down a large apartment and retail project in The Village due to height and parking issues. The applicant now goes to the town hall to ask them to reconsider. Autumn Robertson has the details of the project.

Bank of Idaho purchased, set for new name next month

Bright Bank, which has three Treasure Valley locations, will change names. National Bank Holdings purchased Bright Bank’s parent company, prompting the name change. As Don Day reports, the deal is valued at $320 million.

  • Waterfowl Mortality: CBS2 reports that southwestern Idaho is experiencing a waterfowl die-off affecting light geese in and around Parma.
  • idle leg: Idaho lawmakers will set the stage for the 2023 legislative session this week in Boise by selecting critical leadership positions for the Idaho House of Representatives and Idaho Senate. Read more from the Idaho Capital Sun.
  • Coach Andy Avalos: According to KTVB, Andy Avalos was named Mountain West’s Coach of the Year.
  • Nampa Bonus: The Nampa School District Board of Trustees voted to execute a $210.2 million school bond in March. CBS2 has the breakdown of how the money would be spent.

Things to do

  • Wine tasting: Telaya in Garden City is hosting a wine tasting event on Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm Taste five different wines paired with a box of snacks. Tickets are $30 for non-members.
  • winter town: The Idaho State Museum will suspend admission Thursday from 5-8 pm so people can see the Winter Wonder Village exhibit. There will also be winter-themed craft activities, free hot chocolate, and vendors.
  • Belly Dancing: A “nationally acclaimed” belly dance troupe will perform in the Sapphire Room Thursday at 7 pm Tickets are $25 for this family-friendly show.
  • Tram rides: Starting Saturday, there will be nightly trolley tours that will take visitors to see the festive Christmas lights. Get tickets and learn more here.

pet of the day

Meet Peaches! Owner Jennifer Swindell says Peaches was born without a front leg and was rescued three months ago and that she “was so thankful this holiday.”

Submit your pet’s photo here and we may feature it Monday through Thursday! Also, our friends at Zamzows will send a prize to the winning pet (the owners)!

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