Another Treasure Valley park has joined the ranks of public spaces named honoring local women.
On Wednesday, Garden City unveiled a new sign in front of River Front Park, dubbing it Pamela J. Beaumont Park in honor of City Council Member Pam Beaumont after sixteen years of service. The park, which was acquired and built with urban renewal dollars under the leadership of Beaumont, is one of three she helped build in the small Boise suburb during her four terms.
Beaumont resigned from the Garden City Council earlier this week, citing “health reasons”, according to the Idaho Statesman.
Beaumont brought ‘a unique kind of perspective’
Garden City Mayor John Evans called Beaumont as “a real rock” of the council and said city leaders wanted to take the opportunity to honor her achievements while she was able to attend the small gathering. He said she is “gravely ill” and city officials wanted to be able to show their appreciation for her work.
He said she worked long and hard both to acquire the land for the park by negotiating with its former owners for several years and then working to find the money for its construction. Evans said that in all of his sixteen years as mayor, she was the most active and stalwart member of the five-member council.
“She brought her business experience and she knew how to disagree without being disagreeable,” he said, watching the crowd of nearly 100 people greet Beaumont. “I had a special relationship with her and she had a special relationship with the other council members she served with. She was always the go-to person, always upfront and didn’t sugar coat things, but she could keep disagreement in a silo. It’s a unique kind of perspective.”
Bringing business savvy to city hall
Beaumont graduated with an undergraduate degree in Business Marketing and an MBA from the University of Colorado and worked in business for over 40 years. She rose to the high ranks of marketing management for Ore-Ida Foods and worked as the Albertsons Vice President of Marketing for twelve years. She also had her own management and consulting firm for two decades.
Former Garden City Mayor Ted Ellis tapped her to be a volunteer on the city’s urban renewal board in 1996. She became chair in 1997 and has held the position ever since. Ellis appointed her again in 2005, this time to City Council where she served as council president in 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Mary Jo Nyblad, a friend of Beaumont’s for two decades, said the council member had boundless energy to improve Garden City. She said her focus was always on helping the city and its residents regardless of politics. Nyblad said Beaumont was instrumental in creating Garden City’s first comprehensive plan, improving water wells and replacing badly aging water infrastructure. She also helped establish Garden City’s Visitors Bureau.
Both Evans and Nyblad said Beaumont’s unique brand of honesty and collaboration helped her roll through difficult projects that could have otherwise lingered.
“She was a really good thinker,” Nyblad said. “Great with finances, great with planning, great with looking into the future, having a vision and saying ‘we can do that, let’s get ‘er done’ and she would keep pushing and keep pushing. Pam typically is at the front of anything saying ‘let’s go people, time’s a-wasting’.”