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Boise to name new park for Cherie Buckner-Webb, Idaho’s first Black woman in the legislature

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.”

[Dog park. Skate park. Disc Golf. Coming soon to a large new park planned for 25 years]

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.

Cherie Buckner-Webb Park
Rendering of the new Cherie Buckner-Webb Park in Boise, ID. Via CCDC

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.

Second attempt

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.

Don Day - BoiseDev editor
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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