Boise Mayor Dave Bieter recently dedicated a state-of-the-art playground at Terry Day Park, 1225 S. Federal Way on the Boise Bench.
The new equipment includes net climbers, spinners, slides and a zip line, not to mention a striking view of the Boise skyline and Foothills.
The city created Terry Day Park in 2006 after Patrick O. Day donated 7 acres of land, and the family’s home on the site, to the city in honor of his late wife, Terry Day. Terry Day was known for her love of Boise, land conservation, gardening, tennis and volunteer work. The park creates open space and recreation opportunities in a neighborhood that historically lacked those amenities. The park project is also part of the city’s Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative in the Vista neighborhood that seeks to increase community, economic and educational opportunities in the area.
Mike Journee, a city spokesman, said city leaders haven’t yet decided on a use for the Day family home.
Make-A-Wish Idaho brightens the day
First lady Lori Otter recently joined with Make-A-Wish Idaho, the Treasure Valley Hospital and the company Spinal Elements to meet with three Boise-area children who were honored in a special “hero” ceremony on Oct. 6.
The hospital and Spinal Elements provided the wishes — trips for 10-year-old Aaliyah who has cerebral palsy; 3-year-old Aden who has lymphoblastic T-cell lymphoma, and 16-year-old Grace who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Aaliyah recently returned from Hollywood where she met some of her favorite television personalities. Aden will travel to Disney World to meet Buzz Lightyear, and Grace will head to Hawaii to learn to surf.
There are several ways to help Make-A-Wish, including donating money or airline miles, becoming an event sponsor, hosting a fundraiser, donating a car and much more. Find details online at idaho.wish.org.
TEARS Foundation hosts a ‘Rock and Walk’
The TEARS Foundation/Idaho Chapter supports families who have suffered the loss of an infant. The group invites the public to join its 3rd Annual Rock & Walk fundraiser, noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway in Boise. All funds raised go directly to families to help pay for funeral or cremation arrangements as well as ongoing emotional support. The pathway for the walk will be lined with butterflies with names of babies who have died.
To participate, register online at thetearsfoundation.org.
Preservation Idaho’s home tour breaks fundraising records
The organization’s Heritage Homes Tour on Oct. 4 in the Kootenai Street historic neighborhood raised close to $20,000 for Preservation Idaho. That’s more than a home tour has ever raised in the past, said spokesman Dan Everhart. More than 950 history and architecture lovers (including ticket buyers and volunteers) took part in the event. By comparison, last year’s tour of Harrison Boulevard had 700 participants.
The proceeds from the tour will support Preservation Idaho’s programs to preserve and promote the state’s historic sites.
Meridian Food Bank hosts a free shred day
The free document-shredding event takes place beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Meridian Middle School, 1507 W. 8th St. in Meridian. Organizers welcome donations of nonperishable food items to help restock the food bank shelves.
Note: The Meridian Food Bank distributed 21,275 food baskets in 2014 and provided 15,368 food packs serving more than 500 children weekly during the 2013-14 school year. The food bank opened in 1999 and has been an all-volunteer organization serving 24 communities throughout the Treasure Valley. The food bank is located at 133 W. Broadway Ave. in Meridian. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays.
A volunteer’s story
This is an ongoing feature in the Helping Works column. If you’d like to share your own story about volunteering, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a photo of yourself, JPEG format, if possible.
By Barbara Lyon, Boise
For five years, I have enjoyed and benefited personally from my rather unusual volunteer job at Simply Cats. I do love cats, but I don’t work directly with them there. Instead, I take care of the Memorial Garden which lies just outside the back doors at this beautiful nonprofit’s facility.
This impressive garden was professionally installed and is now mature, so it grows and grows with the help of irrigation, of course. Therefore, my job does not involve much creative garden design or propagation of plants but it does require constant trimming, weeding, pruning, raking and sweeping. I work to keep all of the donor plaques exposed and in good condition and to keep all donor bricks and stone work clean and clear. The Memorial Garden also features elaborate stone work in the shapes of a cat nose and ears, a fountain feature, a Rainbow Bridge poem standing stone and a little bridge leading to a pebbled meditation walk.
The entire staff is supportive and considerate of the volunteer corps, and I only wish they had more time to step outside and sit in the garden a while. They are so busy doing medical care, socialization and enrichment so that each cat will be successful in finding a “forever home.”
The only down side is that not more people know about the Simply Cats Memorial Garden.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities with Simply Cats online at simplycats.org, or call 343-7177.