Warm weather means event season is really heating up. I’ve added a bunch of events to the VPNA calendar. In our hood there are bike rides, food festivals, roadway open houses, mobile recreation times, VPNA board meetings, and the VPNA movie night! What did I miss? Please email us at let us know of other events in and around the VPNA and I will add them to the calendar.
The students at Whittier had a ton of fun contributing their ideas to the art boundary. Thanks to photographer Stephanie Inman for “capturing the energy and delight of the day.” (Kathleen Lacey, City of Boise) See more at our photo gallery.
From the city’s Building Boise Newsletter: Idaho Smart Growth awarded their 2014 GrowSmart Award for Community Excellence to the Cultural Arts Plan for Boise’s 30th Street Neighborhood. The plan was funded through the City’s “Percent-forArt” program and created by artist Stephanie Inman along with City team members Karen Bubb (Arts & History) and Kathleen Lacey (PDS) and members of the Veteran’s Park Neighborhood Association. Two ongoing projects from the plan are Water Chutes and the Whittier Elementary Artful Boundary. Water Chutes, a sculpture by artist Dirk Anderson, will be installed in the Stewart Ave./Whitewater Park Blvd. roundabout. The Whittier Elementary Artful Boundary will be designed and installed in 2015 under the guidance of artists Marge and Dennis Proksa. The project will integrate design concepts produced by Whittier students and the community.
Whittier Art Boundary Project – Volunteer Requests
1) January 29/30 – Call for Artists to assist students January 29th and 30th, Thursday/Friday, as students draw concepts for the art project at Whittier Elementary
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM – artist volunteers may come at times convenient for them, 1 hour, 2 hours or more
Artists are asked to contact Kathleen Lacey firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. This is a great opportunity for artists to donate just a bit of time to assist students whose concepts will inform the final art boundary project.
2) February – ART PARTY! at Whittier Elementary – Date to be determined,
Parents, neighbors, friends are invited to help students as they draw their favorite concept on large mural panels.
We seek musicians to enliven the hours the students will be painting and help create a great celebration!
As you may know, the recent addition of the 30th street extension (Whitewater Park blvd) will be followed by changes to 27th street. It will likely have a lower traffic volume and improved pedestrian crossings. The update below comes from Al Busche, project director at ACHD, and says that the work should begin in late August and go through October.
The bids for the 27th Street, Fairview to State Street project were opened on July 9th, 2014. The ACHD Commission has been asked to award the bid at the July 23rd Commission meeting. Once awarded, the ACHD Construction Department will be working with the successful low bid contractor to obtain the necessary insurance and bonding documents, project construction schedule, shop drawings, mix design submittals, and apply for the required “Notice of Intent” document from the EPA (then wait for the required 10 day period). This puts the “Notice to Proceed” for the start of construction on August 25th, 2014. Substantial Completion is scheduled by contract for October 20th, 2014.
To learn more about the project, see a map of improvements, and give feedback visit the 27th Street project page on the ACHD web site!
Dirk Anderson’s 25-foot tall “Water Chute” was selected as the winning proposal for roundabout art on the Whitewater Park Blvd. To see and read more about his proposal: click here
Please join us at Idaho River Sports to celebrate the completion of Whitewater Park Boulevard. The new roadway connects State Street and Fairview Avenue and features a two-lane roundabout at Stewart Avenue, the entrance of the future Esther Simplot Park, three pedestrian crossing signals, sidewalks and bike lanes.
Boise Mayor David Bieter and ACHD Commission President Sara Baker will speak about the project and future plans for the Whitewater Park Boulevard area.
• Thursday, Oct. 24th at 10 a.m.
• Location: Idaho River Sports parking lot | 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave.
• Parking: Available in city lots behind Idaho River Sports
The City of Boise, Capital City Development Corporation and the Veterans Park Neighborhood Association seek an artist or art team to create an artful boundary at Whittier Elementary, located at 301 N. 29th Street. The west side of the school’s playground is adjacent to the new Whitewater Park Boulevard, a busy five-lane boulevard. Road construction required the removal of many trees and shrubs from the west side of the playground, leaving the schoolyard exposed to a very busy street. Whittier is a Title 1 school with children who speak over 13 languages, many of them new immigrants.To reflect the changing demographics of our city, this public art installation is a celebration of community involvement and support for a school in the midst of a physical transition to a new, much more urban situation.
Submittal Deadline: Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, 3:00PM, local Boise time
To Apply for this Project: Register for free as a vendor at DemandStar by going to
Once registered, go to: http://www.cityofboise.org/purchasing/ and click on the Bids link
and download the project documents for RFQ 14-022, which gives artists instructions on how to apply.
To find out more about Boise’s public art program go to: www.BoiseArtsAndHistory.org
Questions? Tammi Leatham, Purchasing Specialist,
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.
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Also the Statesman’s Business Insider ran a story about development in the area.
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