Monday, October 07, 2013

City unveils Terry Day Park

A long-awaited neighborhood park on the Boise Bench opened Oct. 15 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Boise Mayor David Bieter, neighbors and third-graders from Hawthorne Elementary School.

Terry Day Park, 1225 S. Federal Way, was created in 2006 when Patrick O. Day donated 7 acres of land to the City of Boise in honor of his late wife, Terry Day.

A beloved wife and mother, Terry Day was a longtime Boise resident with a passion for land conservation, gardening, tennis and civic volunteerism.

Park amenities include a gravel pathway, fishing pond, open grassy areas, a parking lot, mature and newly planted trees, and picnic benches. The $575,000 project was funded by the City of Boise.

A Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant awarded in 2012 by the Mayor and City Council to the Depot Bench Neighborhood Association will be used to build a tennis racquet-shaped flower garden with a covered trellis.

The park provides open space in an underserved area of the community. A needs assessment identified a new park on the Bench as a top priority in the 2004 Boise Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan.

In the next two years, the city has budgeted $800,000 for additional features, including a playground, restroom, shelter, and two tennis courts.

For information about the park, please call (208) 608-7700.