Boise & Garden City

UPDATE: Boise to boost profile of Julia Davis Park’s 3rd Street entrance

The Boise City Council voted Tuesday to approve an agreement to buy the house on the southeast corner of 3rd and Myrtle streets.

Acquiring the property would give Boise Parks and Recreation leaders an opportunity to do something they’ve had on their minds for years: Revamp the 3rd Street entrance to Julia Davis Park to make it more prominent.

“Something that looks like an entryway rather than something that looks like a backdoor way into the park,” Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said.

Harvey Miller is the owner of the property. The expected purchase price for the home and one-tenth-acre lot is $195,000.

Details such as timing, cost and design for developing the entrance are vague right now because the transaction isn’t complete. The general idea is to put a visible sign and some landscaping on at least the lot’s northwest corner, Director Doug Holloway said.

With the Central Addition neighborhood – roughly, the area between Capitol Boulevard, Broadway Avenue, Myrtle and Front streets – catching the eye of residential and commercial developers of late, and attractive 3rd Street entrance to Julia Davis Park becomes even more important, Holloway said.

Parks and Recreation will wait until the purchase is final to begin firm planning on the entrance, Holloway said. The city’s Department of Arts and History will research the house’s historical significance, a factor in the decision on whether to tear it down, Holloway said.