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CCDC plans new urban park

 Site of envisioned urban park
Site of envisioned urban park

The Capital City Development Corporation is looking for a contractor to build a new urban park on the site of a current parking lot in a growing area of Downtown Boise.

The park would be located on the same block as the El Korah Shrine – just south of the Boise Plaza building on Bannock Street between 11th and 12th. 

The land is set to be donated by longtime developer Rafanelli & Nahas – and would be funded in part by the City of Boise with CCDC managing the construction and design process.

The project is budgeted for $2.5 million – but the initial plan is estimated to cost north of $4 million, according to the request for qualifications document.  The project will be pared down to meet the lower budgeted amount.

Envisioned elements for the park include landscaping, a mist fountain, play features, public restroom, “high end furnishings,” seat walls, vehicular parking and more – but some of these ideas could be cut to meet the budget.

CCDC executive director John Brunelle said his team is reviewing proposals from contractors. 

A preliminary timeline plan shows the park could be wrapped up and opened in early 2019.

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Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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