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Important - Please note: This website is dedicated to updates and projects related to the Second Century Coalition. Any and all inquiries about park reservations or events should be directed to: Boise City Parks and Recreaton, or call 208.608.7600.
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Julia Davis Park - The Second Century is a group of volunteers who are building a legacy through updates to this 100 year-old regional park. For more information on donor recognition, gifts made in honor or memory of someone, click here.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Boise pioneer Tom Davis donated what became the city’s first public park in memory of his wife Julia.
One hundred years later, great-granddaughter Diane Davis Myklegard brought together a Second Century Coalition of volunteers and organizations to raise funds for park updates and additions. Results have included a new picnic pavilion and plaza highlighting Idaho agriculture and a “Golden Apple” phone app guide to the former apple orchard. Coming in 2014-15 are a river-viewing platform, a Cancer Survivor’s Plaza, and a Children’s Cancer Pavilion.
This website is dedicated to the projects that herald a new era for Julia Davis Park, and the people who are making them happen.
JUNE 2015 - Representatives from Julia Davis Park and Ada County Farm Bureau celebrated the installation of The Wealth of Idaho Agriculture sculpture by Irene Deely and learned more about updates to the Make Your Mark Plaza and Agriculture Pavilion.
From April 6, 2015, KBOI - It was moving day at Boise's historic Pioneer Village as crews carefully and methodically relocated a Civil War-era cabin to its new and, with luck, final resting place.The relocation effort was made necessary by the planned expansion of the Boise Historical Museum next door. Where before the Coston Cabin had sat within a few feet of the eastern edge of the museum, it will now be found along the southern edge of the compound, about 17 feet away.
Read more of this KBOI article here.
With the warmer temperatures of spring and summer come opportunities to meander, learn and reflect. Designed for enthusiasts of local history and those new to Boise, the Julia Davis Park Docent Tours offer visitors an introduction to Boise’s flagship park.
During the 90 minute walk, which starts at the Rose Garden Gazebo, knowledgeable volunteer docents identify sites and markers of historic significance, revealing why Julia Davis Park is the cultural and historic heart of Boise.
Docent tours are offered free of charge on First Thursdays at 4 p.m., May through October. Registration is required at this link or by calling 208 338 9108.
A group of volunteers – Julia Davis Park: Second Century Coalition – and the City of Boise are planning to build a community gathering area in Julia Davis Park. This fall, representatives of a collaborative group of area Rotary clubs presented a combined gift of $150,000 to name the project: The Rotary Grand Plaza.
At the request of Julia Davis’ great-granddaughter, Diane Davis Myklegard, and her Second Century Coalition, eight area Rotary clubs stepped up to support the plaza, which will be located between the Rose Garden and Zoo Boise.
Participating clubs include Boise, Boise Metro, Boise Southwest, Boise Sunrise, Boise Centennial, Eagle/Garden City, Boise East, and West Boise Rotary Clubs. The groups spent three years raising the funds through events and personal contributions.
The Rotary Grand Plaza is one of a number of projects intended as part of a renovation that started in 2007, when the park's Centennial Celebration attracted more than 15,000 people.
Improvements elsewhere in Julia Davis Park, accomplished or planned by the Coalition in partnership with the City of Boise, include:
Of the total philanthropic need to complete these renovations and improvements, private donors, associations and foundations have contributed nearly $800,000. The City of Boise has made more than $1.7 million worth of infrastructure and accessibility improvements, such as expanded sidewalks. The Bloch Foundation gift for the Cancer Survivors Pavilion totals $1 million for construction and a maintenance endowment.
While the combined Rotary gift to name the Rotary Grand Plaza has been completed, another $600,000 must be raised to complete the structure. The Second Century Coalition is soliciting gifts from individuals to name specific elements within the Rotary Grand Plaza.
Funds were provided by a $1 million grant from the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation for the construction of a plaza with a new paved parking lot, sidewalks, walls with stone veneer, and vibrant landscaping. The grant provides $900,000 for construction and an endowment of $100,000 for maintenance.
The Kansas City-based foundation has funded 24 parks throughout the United States and Canada. The parks were created to give hope and courage to newly diagnosed patients, to inspire determination for those who are fighting the disease, and to reduce fear in those who have not had cancer.
In the new plaza, the cancer survivor message is presented in a “Positive Mental Attitude” walk and “Road to Recovery” signage.
The “Positive Mental Attitude” journey begins on a path that leads from the parking lot to the plaza. A welcome sign in the center of a widened sidewalk is the starting point for a sandstone ribbon in the concrete that leads the visitor down the path to the plaza. As the ribbon reaches the edge of the sidewalk, it turns into a series of curved sandstone walls that portray “Positive Mental Attitude” messages.
The pathway loops around “Wind Dance,” a kinetic kite sculpture created by local artist Mark Baltes that includes a gazing globe at the base to pick up the reflections of both the kites overhead and colorful landscaping around the plaza.
The “Road to Recovery” message is presented on a series of artistic panels in the plaza surrounding the “Wind Dance” sculpture.
Landscaping will be in a vibrant palette of blue, red, orange, yellow, and white using plants that are consistent with healing gardens offering textures and smells.
The project includes a new 32 stall parking lot and widening of Julia Davis Drive to allow two-way traffic through the entire park. The current exit-only access to Myrtle Street will be converted to a right in/right out access.
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Take a virtual tour of our wonderful park. Learn more about what the park has to offer now. Then see what we are adding for the future.
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