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Boise Mayor Bieter announces almost $500,000 in neighborhood grants

Toby Norton, Planning Manager for the city of Boise tests a musical piano on the new splash pad at Comba Park, which was developed with extensive help from the city’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant program. The park, which also features a playground, opened August 7, 2014. Mayor David Bieter used Comba Park, which was built as the venue for his announcement of this year’s Neighborhood Reinvestment grants.
Toby Norton, Planning Manager for the city of Boise tests a musical piano on the new splash pad at Comba Park, which was developed with extensive help from the city’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant program. The park, which also features a playground, opened August 7, 2014. Mayor David Bieter used Comba Park, which was built as the venue for his announcement of this year’s Neighborhood Reinvestment grants. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Playground equipment, signs, lighting equipment and neighborhood plans are among the projects that won money from Boise City Hall.

The winners of Boise’s Neighborhood Reinvestment grants, announced Friday, are designed to improve neighborhoods across the city. They are part of Boise’s Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative.

In all, the city approved 20 capital project grants worth $446,810 and another 26 mini-grants worth $40,733. Each project was requested by application through the city’s registered neighborhood associations. The city has awarded more than $5.5 million in these grants since 1997, according to a city of Boise news release.

Mayor David Bieter announced this year’s grants at Comba Park in the West Valley Neighborhood, where more than $580,000 has been invested through the Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant program. In all, more than $5.5 million in neighborhood reinvestment grants have been awarded citywide since 1997.

Energize Our Neighborhoods is a collaboration between Boise’s residents, public and private partners, and the City to improve livability. Its goal is “to identify opportunities to align resources, make measurable change, and create more vibrant and connected neighborhoods. The program is focused on neighborhood-level citizen engagement around projects designed to increase livability.”

Energize Our Neighborhoods is focused on eight topical planning areas: arts and history; children and youth; health and community; public safety/firewise; sustainability and transportation.

Here’s a complete list of this year’s Neighborhood Reinvestment grants:

Focus area

Neighborhood

Project

Grant amount

Arts and history/placemaking

subtotal: $135,396

Barber Valley

Barberton Valley History

$15,000

North and East ends

FDR 1937 visit exhibits

$15,000

Central Rim

Three sign toppers

$1,289

Sunset

Neighborhood pole signs

$43,800

Morris Hill and Depot Bench

Dog park amenities (Morris Hill Park)

$49,307

Morris Hill and Depot Bench

Electricity (Morris Hill Park)

$11,000

Children and youth

subtotal: $129,700

North End (Washington Elementary)

Playground equipment

$52,000

Vista

Native Plant Learning Center (Hawthorne Elementary)

$30,000

Veterans Park

Playground equipment (Fairview Park)

$47,700

Health and community services

subtotal: $9,000

Central Bench

Community garden

$4,000

East End

Roanoke community garden

$5,000

Public safety/firewise

subtotal: $65,000

Central Foothills

Firewise chipper

$25,000

East End

Chipper service

$10,000

Highlands

Chipper service

$20,000

Warm Springs Mesa

Safety and chipper

$10,000

Sustainability

subtotal: $45,714

East End

Neighborhood plan

$20,714

Central Bench

Neighborhood plan

$25,000

Transportation

subtotal: $62,000

Trailhead access, Bogus Basin to Harrison Hollow

$11,000

North End

Boise Green Bike station (Hyde Park)

$5,000

North End

13th Street historic lighting

$46,000

Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant total

$487,543

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