West End Trail Artwork – Poster Order Form

Thanks to everyone who made Saturday’s ribbon cutting a success. If you missed Saturday you might be interested to know that VPNA is taking orders for posters containing the West End Trail artwork. Orders will be taken until 11/16/13. Posters will be being printed professionally and locally at ARC Document Solutions at Idaho & 27th Street. All proceeds benefit future VPNA events and projects.

Ordering options include two sizes:
Small Size: $15 for set of all 4 posters (7×17 inch size)
Large Size: $65 for set of all 4 posters (12×24 inch size)
Large size: Single posters – pick from Diversity, Farmland, Industry or Opportunity designs. $18 each (12×24 inch size)

Click here to access order form: http://www.vpnaboise.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Poster_Order_Form.pdf

Designs can be seen in real life along the greenbelt near the Whitewater Park pedestrian bridge and in Fairview Park. Or you can see our previous post:

Questions: Contact us at vpnaboise@gmail.com

Sneak peak of West End Trail designs

Here is a sneak peak of West End Trail sign designs (click on blue title if you are reading this in an email to link to the VPNA website). If you love the artwork as much as us, you’ll be happy to hear VPNA will be accepting orders for posters based on these designs at the ribbon cutting party this Saturday from 2-5pm at Fairview Park. This artwork was created by the Neighborhood Allstars, a local design company whose partners live in our neighborhood. All proceeds from the poster sale will support VPNA. If you are not able to make the ribbon cutting but are interested in obtaining an order form please email us at: vpnaboise@gmail.com

Watch for Trademark Signs who will be installing these signs this week in Fairview Park and next to the greenbelt bridge to Garden City.

Click on the images below to see enlarged versions.

West End Trail – Ribbon Cutting Party – Oct 26, 2-5pm

VPNA invites you to the Historic West End Trail – Ribbon Cutting Party.

Time and Place: Saturday – Oct 26th from 2-5 pm at Fairview Park (23rd & Bannock)

Events include: “BYOP” Pumpkin Carving (Bring your own pumpkin & remember the knife & spoon too), Live Music by the Hokum Hi-Flyers, Square Dancing, Apple Bobbing, Prizes

Free trail guides to all who show up. Come show your West End spirit! Please help spread the word.

Saturday is last chance to install trail markers (click title to read full text)

This Saturday is the last chance to install West End Trail markers. We especially need extra help this week. Sadly 16 out of almost 100 markers laid last week were ripped up before the adhesive dried. Aaarrggghh!!!!

We’ve got enough extra markers to try again – may good triumph over evil! Come show your support!

Meet on Saturday Oct 5 at Fairview Park at 10am or 1pm. All ages are welcome. Please RSVP to vpnaboise@gmail.com so we know you’re coming.

Wear work clothes and bring a shovel as some markers are being placed on concrete pavers. Sod will need to be removed to get the paver level with the grass. Most markers just require applying the adhesive and pressing them down.

If you can’t make it, please keep an eye out while the adhesive dries. If you see suspicious activity, please call Boise Police or Jeff Anderson at 608-2385. The police are already aware of last week’s vandalism.

Finally a big thank you to last week’s volunteers! Toby, Remi, Ben, Jess, Caleb, Eden, Jonah, Darcy, Noah, Lucy, Kyle, Brian, Hadley, Bob, Elinor and Toni.

Help Needed to Install West End Trail Markers

The West End Trail is about to become a reality. Come and be part of the fun! We are looking for volunteers to install trail markers on Saturday Sept 28 and Oct 5. There are morning and afternoon time slots each day. All ages are welcome. Meet in Fairview Park at 10am for morning slot or 1pm for afternoon slot.

To insure we have enough supplies please sign up before the event. email: vpnaboise@gmail.com or call Jeff at 608-2385

Trail markers are similar to the “Drains to River” markers on storm drains. Installation involves squirting adhesive on curb and pressing markers down. Installation on Oct 5 will include removing sod to install 6×6 inch pavers.

West End Trail and Development in Statesman

Three cheers for VPNA – hip, hip, hurrah! VPNA made the front page of the Statesman on Tuesday. The story highlights the Historic West End Trail which will take its final form in the next couple months. Stay tuned for more information about how you could help install trail markers.

Click this link for article:

Also the Statesman’s Business Insider ran a story about development in the area.

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Walking trail gets another $4000!

VPNA is pleased to annouce that the interpretive walking trail project under way in the “West End” neighborhood recieved another boost from the city of Boise. The original grant could only pay for capital improvements (ie interpretive signs and trail markers) along the trail. This new grant was awarded through Boise 150 in celebration of our city’s susquicentennial. The $4000 will be used to hire a professional historian to research and create a walking trail guide to take with you on the trail. The guide will highlight additional information about specific properties and locations within the neightborhood that have historical, architectural or cultural significance.

Reminder – student presentations today – April 4th

Don’t forget student presentations about neighborhood architecture, followed by the chance to get help researching your own home’s history…

When: Wednesday, April 4th at 6:30pm (presentations will last ~45 minutes, research portion will follow)

Where: Downtown Library! in the William F. Hayes Memorial Auditorium. This meeting space is at the southwest corner of the Main Library with an external entrance facing 8th street.

What to bring: Your library card (if you have one)

For more info click here

April 4th Students Present Neighborhood Research

Announcing a two part event focusing on the architecture and history of the “West End” and the chance to research your own home.

Part 1 – Student Presentations: This winter the Boise High BAP club has been researching the history and architecture of various properties in the “West End” to help with VPNA’s walking
trail grant
. At this event students will present their research on the following properties:

  • West End Drive-in                      
  • The former Guernsey Dairy     
  • 2314 W. Woodlawn                 
  • Possibly others as well…

At the VPNA annual meeting students gave us a preview of what to expect including presentations on the United Congregational Church and 2400 W Bannock. Their presentations were excellent.

Part 2 – Discover Your Home’s History: Following the presentations we’ll move up to the 3rd floor of the library where staff and students will help you discover your own home’s history. In an hour or so you can discover a lot about your home including things like…

  • Construction date
  • Names and occupations of previous owners
  • Number of houses on your block in the 20s, 30s, 40s…
  • Possibly much more using Idaho Statesman online database and microfiche

When: Wednesday, April 4th at 6:30pm (presentations will last 30-45 minutes, research portion will follow)

Where: Downtown Library! in the William F. Hayes Memorial Auditorium. This meeting space is at the southwest corner of the Main Library with an external entrance facing 8th street.

What to bring: Your library card

Pleasanton Arch Walk this Thursday

Preservation Idaho will feature Tully Gerlach leading a historical/architectural walk of the Fairview Park Neighborhood this Thursday (9/29/11). Space is limited and the evening walk is full. Tickets are still available for the lunch-time walk at noon. To register follow this link.

This walk will be similar to the one Tully did earlier this summer in the Pleasanton neighborhood but this one will focus on the southern part of neighborhood.