Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Open Space and Clean Water improvement project application now available

The application package for the Open Space and Clean Water Partnership Program is now available online: http://bit.ly/2pPbA6p 

In 2015, Boise voters passed the Boise Open Space and Clean Water levy, which will raise $10 million over the course of two years to achieve the city of Boise’s conservation goals – implementing improvement projects and protecting open space in critical areas including, but not limited to, the Boise River and Boise Foothills.  

As part of this initiative, an advisory committee made up of citizens was created to provide recommendations associated with the expenditure of these funds to Boise City Mayor and Council. The advisory committee will analyze all applications based on outlined primary conservation criteria and then committee members will vote on which projects should receive levy funding. Committee recommendations will then go to Boise City Council where final awards will be determined. 

“We hope we receive many applications,” said Brooke Green, chairwoman of Boise’s Open Space and Clean Water Advisory Committee. “There is great conservation work to be done in Boise and our committee is excited to have created an application process that provides transparency and accountability to taxpayers.” 

Think your project could be eligible for Open Space and Clean Water levy funds? Interested citizens or organizations should first read through the application package and posted example agreement, then fill out an application form outlining their plans. An example of a completed application is also included with the form. 

The City of Boise is looking to achieve conservation goals through implementation of improvement projects that include protecting and conserving clean water and drinking water, safeguarding critical wildlife habitat, protecting vital open space, preserving native plant species and enhancing trails and recreational opportunities. 

Project applications will be accepted through August 31. An information workshop is also planned for June 13. More information on that opportunity will be released as the date approaches.   

The advisory committee is also accepting land acquisition proposals, which are handled outside the improvement project application form. For more information, please contact Sara Arkle, Boise Parks and Recreation foothills open space superintendent at (208) 493-2533 or sarkle@cityofboise.org. 

The Boise Open Space and Clean Water Advisory Committee meets quarterly at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center Conference Room (3188 N Sunset Peak Road). 

Meetings are open to the public and agendas and meeting minutes are posted online following each meeting of the advisory committee: http://bit.ly/2qphmc0

Contact: Doug Holloway
Director, Boise Parks and Recreation
208-608-7621 or dholloway@cityofboise.org