A new Downtown Boise park will be named in honor of former Idaho Senator and Boise resident Cherie Buckner-Webb. Cherie Buckner-Webb Park should open later this year.
“Naming this park for Cherie Buckner-Webb honors this trailblazing Boisean who, while making our community a better place has inspired and empowered generations of Boiseans,” Boise Mayor Lauren McLean said.“Now everyone who visits this beautiful downtown park will hear her name and have the opportunity to learn about her legacy of service to Boise and the state of Idaho.”
Buckner-Webb served in the Idaho House from 2010 to 2012, and the Idaho Senate from 2012 through 2020.
The new Cherie Buckner-Webb Park is under construction at the corner of 11th St. and Bannock St., adjacent to the new 11th and Idaho building. It will feature green space, public art, shaded seating areas, large mature trees, and bike storage.
Buckner-Webb is the first Black woman to serve in the Idaho legislature.
“Boise afforded opportunities that were denied elsewhere.For 115 years my family has purposefully and proudly chosen to make Boise our home,” Buckner-Webb said. “I am humbled and honored by the naming of this park. It stands as a testament to the foundation of contribution to community laid by my family across generations.”
Buckner-Webb is the founder of consulting firm Sojourner Coaching, serves on the board of the WCA, and holds degrees from George Fox University and Northwest Nazarene University. The is a task force member for the city’s upcoming Emma Hayman House cultural site and volunteers for the Idaho Human Rights Education Center and the Andrus Center for Public Policy.
An earlier name, 11th Street Commons, picked by a committee commissioned by the Capital City Development Corp., was pulled off the table. A new committee, this time under the guise of the City of Boise, looked at names.
Boise Parks & Recreation Director Doug Holloway told BoiseDev that the commission took in more than 700 name ideas from the public. He said they narrowed it down to four, and then added the Buckner-Webb idea based on public input.
Ultimately, McLean made the decision on the park’s naming, according to the city.
The Boise Parks & Recreation Commission and Boise City Council must approve the name.