Public meetings on Moore St project

There are two public meetings coming up where the VPNA will likely testify on the Moore St project. The first is the ACHD Commission meeting tomorrow night, Wednesday July 27 at 6pm. The ACHD will decide whether it will allow an extension of 32nd St to Whitewater Park Blvd. The second is a meeting of City of Boise Planning and Zoning this Monday, August 1 at 6pm. City of Boise P & Z will decide whether to approve or deny the project. If it is approved, it will be sent to the Boise City Council for approval. Individuals can also testify at both meetings. Please arrive a few minutes early if you’d like to sign up to testify.

Fairview Park potluck & swing fundraiser – this Tuesday evening

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We are hosting a potluck at Fairview Park this Tuesday evening at 6pm! Please bring a dish and/or a donation for our new swing if you can. The City of Boise has given us almost $50,000 in a grant to install 2 Biggo swings and provide limited electricity access in Fairview Park. Thanks to a generous $250 matching grant from Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Trademark Church, we just need to raise $250. Any donation ($5, 10, 20, etc) helps. Thank you!

Location change – July 25 meeting

A special VPNA meeting will take place Monday, July 25 at 6:30 pm at Davis Park Apartments multi-purpose room. Board members will discuss the VPNA’s input to the Planning and Zoning meeting regarding a proposed 50-unit development on Moore St.

Robert Reed from Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority, the organization proposing the development, will present at the beginning of the meeting.

Please note the new location. This is our normal board meeting location.

Free Programming Opportunity for VPNA Middle Schoolers


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ZeroRobotics_Flyer_Different22There is a free programming opportunity for VPNA middle school students this summer. Participants will learn how to control satellites aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Some code will actually be tested on the ISS! The program is offered through Idaho Afterschool Network, NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and NeighborWorks Boise. It runs July 5 – August 5 at Davis Park Apartments. Please contact Danielle Falck, dfalck@nwboise.org if you are interested and spread the word to your neighbors!

23rd St Survey

img002Please take a moment to let ACHD know whether you support adding bike lanes to 23rd between State and Main streets, which will require removing parking on one side of the street. You’ll have an opportunity to add general comments so you can let them know you support their efforts to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety infrastructure in our neighborhood. Complete the ACHD survey at bit.ly/23Street before the June 29 deadline. The survey is just 2 short questions. Thanks!

Ideas (and help) wanted

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2016 Boise neighborhood grants news story

Do you have a great idea for a project in the VPNA? Every year the City of Boise gives out grants for hundreds of thousands of dollars to neighborhood associations for a variety of neighborhood improvement projects. Last year the VPNA was awarded 2 grants, one for neighborhood outreach that funds our newsletter, and another large grant to put swings and limited electricity access in Fairview Park. We are currently looking for ideas and volunteers to apply for grants again in the next few months. What would you like to see in your neighborhood? Some ideas we are currently thinking about are: new playground equipment for Whittier elementary, adding/improving street lights, a bicycle maintenance station, an accessible path around a pond, or West End signs.

VPNA Newsletter

Did you get yours? We sent these out to every home in the VPNA. It was a bit delayed but hopefully made it in time for our annual meeting today!

Here’s the link: VPNA Spring 2016 Newsletter

Inside you’ll find a few articles written by our VPNA board. There’s more info on the annual meeting, updates on what we’ve done in the last year, an article on Esther Simplot Park, information on changes to the State St and Veterans Parkway intersection, and pictures!

We’ll see you all tonight at 6:30 pm at Whittier Elementary.

Annual meeting, Monday, April 18

Please join us for our Annual Meeting, on Monday, April 18th at 6:30-8:00 PM at Whittier Elementary! The school is located at 29th and Idaho Streets. Come meet your neighbors, and learn about what is happening in the neighborhood.

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Board elections will take place at the meeting

We are seeking new volunteers to be on our board. The board meets just once a month (except December) for 90 minutes. The open positions are:

Treasurer – Keeper of VPNA finances, including tracking incoming grant money and our own general bank account, plus submission of annual tax records. We have few transactions each year.

Secretary – The official note taker of the board meetings.

Sub-neighborhood rep – Residents of Whittier Place, Quail Glen, Taft Manor, and Independence Park, we need eyes and ears for your area! (See the map.) As a rep, you would come to our meetings, provide input, and participate in decision-making.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Help neighbors affected by fourplex fire

You’ve probably heard that 14 of our neighbors have lost their homes because of an accidental fire a few nights ago. Thank you to all those who have already helped in one way or another. Here are a few ways you can help out if you have not already:

– Donations of gift cards (WalMart, Payless Shoes, Target, WinCo, Ross, & Grocery Outlet) can be given to Lowell Elementary to help affected families
Villanueva families’ gofundme page
Gutierrez family’s gofundme page 
– Information on available rental units, please contact us at vpnaboise@gmail.com

For more information on what happened, here is the KTVB story.