Boise's 2018 Neighborhood Investment Program Award Recipients Announced
Mayor David Bieter today announced the City of Boise’s Neighborhood Investment Program projects funded for 2018 and 2019. Part of the City’s Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative, the program funds improvements in neighborhoods across the city that enrich the lives of residents, enhance quality of life and encourage a strong sense of community.
At an event at Fairmont Park in West Boise, Mayor Bieter announced that, in all, the city approved 21 capital projects worth $808,200 through strategic alignment of funding resources, including the use of federal Community Development Block Grants and city funding. These projects represent investment in 15 unique neighborhoods throughout the city. Most of the projects were requested by application through the city’s registered neighborhood associations.
“Boise’s neighborhoods are a key pillar of our city’s celebrated livability,” said Mayor Bieter. “Our Neighborhood Investment Program and Energize Our Neighborhoods give us the opportunity to work with residents to understand what they need to create a more vibrant neighborhood. These projects are great examples of those partnerships.”
This year, the West Bench Neighborhood Association, where Fairmont Park is located, applied for and was awarded a grant to build a new picnic shelter and walking paths for the neighborhood park.
“The City of Boise is dedicated to its neighborhoods, and the Energize team has been great to work with,” said Ronnie Marler, president of the West Bench Neighborhood Association. “These grants provide neighborhoods the financial capacity to be directly involved in shaping the communities where we live and work.”
In addition, 24 neighborhood associations received $46,700 in mini-grants for use in a variety of ways by the selected neighborhood associations.
Energize Our Neighborhoods is a long-term strategy for keeping Boise unique and vibrant. This innovative program is a collaboration between Boise’s residents, public and private partners, and the City to improve livability. It works to identify opportunities to align resources, make measurable change, and create more vibrant and connected neighborhoods. The program is focused on neighborhood-level citizen engagement around projects designed to increase livability.
Published: July 19, 2018