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Franklin Park Dedication

Mayor Bieter cuts a red ribbon with large scissors as children and other adults help hold the ribbon.


Neighbors gathered Monday, June 18 to celebrate a new addition to the Central Bench Neighborhood. Franklin Park, located near the corner of W. Franklin Road and S. Orchard Street in Boise, features lush grass, a 1/4 mile paved path and trees. The 3.04-acre park is designed to serve as a community gathering place for the neighborhood.

The park has been in the works for several years and City of Boise leaders worked with members of the Central Bench Neighborhood Association to make it a reality. Members of the neighborhood provided input throughout the planning process for the park and weighed in on the overall design.

“This is an exciting addition to the City of Boise’s wonderful parks system and to the Central Bench Neighborhood,” said Mayor David Bieter at the park dedication ceremony. “We are proud to provide a place for local families to gather, learn and grow for generations to come.”

The City of Boise purchased the property in 2013 and the park is located on part of the former Franklin Elementary School site.

Several former students attended the park dedication ceremony, including 96-year-old Verna Hooper. She lives just across the street from the new park and was educated at the Franklin School in the 1900s.

Boise Parks and Recreation is working with the Boise School District to honor the site’s rich history and secure the original Franklin School sandstone plinth for use in the park.

In addition to the park greenup phase, which is now complete, the neighborhood successfully applied for a Neighborhood Investment Grant through the City of Boise’s Energize Our Neighborhoods program to provide a pavilion for use as a public meeting place in the park. It could be installed as early as Fall 2018.

Topsoil generated from the Boise Fire Department Training Center and compost from the city’s successful Curb-It compost program were also incorporated into the greenup of Franklin Park.

Parking areas around the new park can accommodate food trucks for public events and Together Treasure Valley donated a new bench which has already been installed along the walking path.

Like all Boise City parks, Franklin is open from sunrise to sunset. Dogs are welcome, but must remain on leash at all times.

Future park amenities are planned including a playground, splash pad, bocce ball courts, a restroom and an outdoor workout gym. Plans also include picnic pavilions and public art to fill the outdoor space. These amenities are scheduled for installation in 2022.

Mayor David Bieter and Verna Hooper

Published: June 21, 2018