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To make way for housing, Boise set to move parks facility out of downtown to airport sewer lagoons

The City of Boise is preparing to consolidate its parks and recreation facilities to a new consolidated location near the Boise Airport.

The city submitted an application for design review (to itself) to build a new Parks and Recreation Support Facility Campus where Orchard St. and Gowen Rd. Meet.  The site is on city property that used to serve sewer lagoons that have been decommissioned.  It sits near the current City of Boise fleet services office and forestry site.

The project calls for new offices, shops, storage, and wash bay buildings. 

“The office/shop building will provide enough offices and shops to consolidate the various Parks & Rec maintenance departments to this main campus,” Stephen M. Pavlick from Insight Architects wrote in an application letter. “The building will support an employee range of 80 up to 110 with seasonal staff. The shops will accommodate maintenance of equipment, minor construction projects, and supplies for the support of city’s parks facilities.”

The city’s parks facilities are currently scattered in a number of areas, including a maintenance yard in a rapidly developing area of downtown Boise near Julia Davis Park.  The area near the Idaho Black History Museum could be repurposed for possible housing.

The airport campus project would also relocate offices that are in Ann Morrison Park.

The new parks & rec campus would be designed to accommodate planned changes to the street grid in the area.  ACHD plans to realign Orchard St. along the east side of the campus site and add new city streets that run east-west. That project is set for 2026.

The current empty sewer lagoon basis will be filled in, and the city will extend water, sewer, power, and communication lines to the site.

Future phases could include a site for an unspecified “city department building.”

The project, if the city approves its own application, would start next year. A design review hearing is set for January 11th.

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