Wednesday, December 12, 2018

New Ribbon of Jewels Park donated to City of Boise

The City of Boise plans to add a new gem to its Ribbon of Jewels.

Aaron Howell announced today the donation of a 16-acre parcel in the southeast corner of Boise. The park to be developed on the property will be named in honor of Aaron’s wife, Sue Howell. 

Aaron and his wife are native Idahoans who have lived in east Boise for the last 20 years. They founded Northwest Lineman College in 1993, which has since expanded to three additional states. 

“I am so pleased that this gift will improve the quality of life for Boiseans for generations to come,” said Aaron Howell, president of Northwest Lineman College. “I can’t think of a better way to give back to the community and honor my wife in the process.” 

Sue Howell Park will be located on land currently owned by the Howells just off Warm Springs Avenue and Idaho Highway 21. The Howells purchased the property last year with the goal of creating a public park to be enjoyed by generations of Idahoans, including their five sons. 

“This is an incredible gift from the Howell family,” said Mayor David Bieter. “This new jewel in our park system will shine brightly, providing inspiring and enriching recreational opportunities for the people of Boise and beyond.” 

Plans for the park are still in the works, but the Howells hope to highlight important landmarks from across the state of Idaho in the park’s design. That way, visitors can learn more about the Gem State through interactive exhibits and displays. A section of Greenbelt managed by Ada County runs along the new park’s south side, and access to the Boise River will be preserved for anglers who enjoy visiting the area. 

Boise Parks and Recreation will work closely with the Howells to create a master plan for the park, should council approve the park donation. Community members will have the chance to provide feedback on the design and planned amenities throughout the master planning process. 

Members of the Boise City Council will consider the donation at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18.