Letter from Parks and Recreation regarding the Bike Skills Park

Letter from Parks and Recreation regarding the Bike Skills Park

Good Afternoon Stakeholders,
 
Thank you for your interest in the proposed bike skills park, dog park and archery range developments in Military Reserve. Please know that city leaders are very aware of and sensitive to some community members’ concerns regarding a lack of public engagement on the proposed changes to Military Reserve prior to April 4. The decision to accept a donation for a bike skills park was not made lightly and we will continue to work with all stakeholders and community members on these projects.
 
The City of Boise did seek out stakeholders prior to accepting the donation for the new park and also received significant input at the open house. Our team will continue to address each suggestion made as these projects move forward.
 
The Recreation and Public Purposes Act for Military Reserve calls for recreation to be an allowed use within Military Reserve.  The development of the bike skills and dog parks, as well as the relocation of the archery range, are consistent with that act and the patent granted to the City of Boise by the Bureau of Land Management.
 
The Boise Parks and Recreation team is confident that the relocation of the archery range to the hillside adjacent to the cemetery within Military Reserve will not compromise any natural or historic landmarks. Even though the proposed site appears to be the best location, we will pause moving forward with the proposed relocation while we review and evaluate other sites. Upon completion of this alternatives analysis, we will check back in with the community on those results.  
 
Absent any new concerns or suggestions from the East End Neighborhood or the community at large beyond those already addressed, the development of both parks and relocation of the archery range will move ahead. The archery range will be relocated first and then construction will commence on the dog park. As part of that process, the design team and city leaders are committed to working side-by-side with the community to ensure a smooth construction experience and to address issues as they arise.
 
Thank you,
 Doug Holloway
Parks and Recreation Director