Hearing Thursday on West Boise's DeMeyer Park plan

Boise - The Idaho StatesmanNovember 20, 2013 

The DeMeyer ranch's original silo is part of DeMeyer Park, which the family donated to the city of Boise in 1977. Later, Jody DeMeyer contributed an additional $200,000 for the construction of shelters and restrooms.

BOISE PARKS AND RECREATION

Members of the public will have a chance to let the Boise Parks Commission know what they think about a proposal to improve the 11-acre DeMeyer Park, located at 5100 N. Tumbleweed Place near the corner of McMillan and Cloverdale roads.

Donated to the city in 1977, the park features the DeMeyer ranch's original silo, as well as picnic areas, volleyball court, basketball court, and a playground. A master plan developed by Boise Parks and Recreation calls for additional landscaping and parking, horseshoe pits, an observation deck and other new amenities.

Other amenities, such as tennis courts, have been the subject of discussion among neighbors, Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Amy Stahl said.

One point of contention has been where to put the Shamrock Bikeway, an ACHD commuter route that runs through the park and stretches from Executive Drive north of Franklin Road to Five Mile Road just south of Chinden Boulevard, Stahl said. Some of the park's immediate neighbors don't want the path right next to their properties. Others are worried that putting it close to the playgrounds will lead to dangerous run-ins between adult cyclists and children.

The Parks Commission meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in the third-floor council chambers at Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected from its original published version. The Parks Commission meets at 4 p.m. Thursday.

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