Ustick Townsite Concept Design North Corner Bryson/Ustick North Side Trees View of Seatwall and Plantings Central Ustick Townsite North Corner Wildwood/Ustick North Corner Frontier/Ustick Southeast End Near Canal Northwest End Near Canal Cross Section of Ustick

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Progress on Ustick Townsite Grant

Posted April 5, 2017

Mayor Bieter announced the 2017 Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant awards on March 23.

Great news to share! Phase I of The Ustick Townsite Beautification Project was funded at $106,215 for landscaping and Signage and $6,000.00 for Historical Interpretation Signage. It will be so exciting to watch the Ustick Townsite being transformed into a beautiful area we can all be proud of! Many thanks to Cindy Ritchie, Barb Bancroft and Janie Hawes for their countless volunteer hours and passion for this project!! Our project manager from Boise City is Leon Letson and we look forward to working with him throughout the summer to complete landscaping and historical signage in the Townsite.

Energize Our Neighborhoods will be partnering with West Valley Neighborhood Association this spring in a "Visioning" exercise in which West Boise residents will have an opportunity to share their vision to improve our neighborhoods with Boise city planning officials. We will keep you updated on dates, times and locations of Visioning meetings. We hope you plan to attend to give your input!


Posted November 28, 2016

Boise Neighborhood Reinvestment GrantsThe Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant in support of the Ustick Townsite Beautification Project has been submitted to the city of Boise.

If approved, the grant will provide funding for phase one of the Ustick Townsite Project. Phase one includes landscaping the north and south side of Ustick from North Bryson Way to Wildwood St. Take a look at the beautiful concept design! Grant recipients should be announced in February 2017 and if our grant is awarded, landscaping on the project will begin during the spring of 2017.

The grassroots team, working with Boise City Planning & Development, volunteered more than 600 hours in bringing this project to life. Our team recently met with Melinda McGoldrick of Energize Our Neighborhoods to begin planning for a Ustick Townsite Farmer's Market at Redwood Park beginning in the summer of June 2017. There are so many exciting things to look forward to as the Ustick Townsite Beautification Project moves forward.

Thanks to the Ustick Apple Blossom Club for their donation of $200.00 toward the project. We are now able to take cash donations through the West Valley Neighborhood Association. Please consider donating to help make West Boise the most livable and beautiful part of Boise!

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Posted August 8, 2016

Mayor Bieter and project teamOn August 1, the Ustick Townsite Beautification Project team was honored to spend an hour with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter touring the Ustick Townsite.

During the tour we were able to share the design concept plan with the Mayor, discuss the history of the townsite and the role Boise City Arts and History will play in developing historical interpretive displays in the townsite. Energize Our Neighborhoods program coordinator, Melinda McGoldrick was on hand to share information about future collaboration between West Valley Neighborhood Association and the Energize program.

Mayor Bieter toured the industrial kitchen operating at the Merc and was treated to samples of salsa, tamales, scones and energy bars that are produced in the kitchen. Chrystal Madril, owner of Madril's Beauty Salon operating out of the old Ustick Bank, toured the Mayor through her shop and showed him the antique bank vault that still exists in the building. The Mayor was impressed with Redwood Park, the Shamrock Bicycle path, the Ustick School, Dr. Harlan Ustick's homestead and the new residential development currently underway in the Ustick Townsite.

It was an honor for our team to have this opportunity to spend time with the Mayor to share the Ustick Townsite concept design with him. We appreciate his interest and support of the Ustick Townsite Beautification project!

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Ustick Road Poster by Ward P Hooper

Our vision for the Ustick Townsite Beautification Project is to awaken the collective memory of the historic agricultural community in West Boise - Ustick Village. At its prime, Ustick was a bustling agricultural town surrounded by orchards and energized by a small farming community. The townsite was complete with a bank, a creamery, a school, and its own Mercantile, where produce was weighed and shipped via the local railway system “The Interurban” to destinations east and west. These buildings have withstood the test of time and still stand in the townsite and continue to be utilized as business ventures.

Urban sprawl has nearly decimated the character and historical significance of the Ustick Townsite. Ustick Road, a two-lane road once shaded by a canopy of poplar trees served as the trolley line for the Boise Valley Railway which ran from Caldwell to Boise. The beautiful canopy of trees is gone and what was once a tree-lined Ustick Road is now a five lane highway to Meridian.

Our vision includes a re-birth of this once thriving community by working with Boise City and community partners to re-create a pedestrian friendly neighborhood in which West Boise residents can once again connect and commune. Our vision includes trees, landscaping, historical street lamps, sculpture and artwork that will soften the area to make it a pleasant place to walk and bicycle. We also envision a welcoming place with shops that are within easy walking distance and historical interpretative signage to educate the public about the townsite of Ustick. Future development of walking paths and inclusion in the West Boise comprehensive plan could include routes along the irrigation ditches leading to Comba Park.

Concept design
Concept design
Leon Letson explains design
Leon Letson explains design
Ask the neighbors
Ask the neighbors
Information at entrance
Information at entrance
Energize Our Neighborhoods
Energize Our Neighborhoods
More information table
More information table
Discussing Design Concept
Discussing Design Concept
 
Discussing Design Concept
 
Discussing Design Concept
Neighbors review design
Neighbors review design
 
Neighbors review design
 
Neighbors review design
More neighbors
More neighbors
 
More neighbors
 
More neighbors
 
 
 
Sharing memories
Sharing memories
 
Sharing memories
Parks Estates HOA committee
Parks Estates HOA committee
Remembering Ustick Cannery
Remembering Ustick Cannery
Idaho Statesman 1916
Idaho Statesman 1916
Interurban Ad 1916
Interurban Ad 1916
Past owner of Ustick School, Jim Cochrane
Past owner of Ustick School, Jim Cochrane
Jim Cochrane talks about Ustick School building
Jim talks about Ustick School building
June Fitzgerald shares her family history
June shares family history
Shared historic photos
Shared historic photos
Ustick High School Diploma
Ustick High School Diploma
Ustick Eighth Grade Diploma
Ustick Eighth Grade Diploma
Visiting with Idaho Token Collector
Visiting with Idaho Token Collector
Valley Store (Ustick Merc) Token
Valley Store Token
Valley Store (Ustick Merc) Tokens
Valley Store Tokens
Archie and Nora Pelton, Ustick Merc ~ Courtesy of Micheal Meade and Boise City Dept. of Arts & History, Micheal Meade Collection
Archie and Nora Pelton, Ustick Merc

Ustick Mercantile, A. H. Pelton, Prop. ~ Courtesy of Micheal Meade
Ustick Mercantile, A. H. Pelton, Prop.

Ustick Grade School Students 1936-37, Grades 1, 2 & 3 ~ Courtesy of Barbara (Leighton) Fulcher
Ustick Grade School Students 1936-37

Ustick Grade School Students 1943-44, Grades 7 & 8 ~ Courtesy of Barbara (Leighton) Fulcher
Ustick Grade School Students 1943-44

Smitchger farm and orchard on Ustick near Eagle Rd ~ Courtesy of Virgil Smitchger
Smitchger farm and orchard on Ustick near Eagle Rd

Smitchger farm dispensed eggs from an egg vending machine ~ Courtesy of Virgil Smitchger
Smitchger farm dispensed eggs through this egg vending machine

Farmhouse on Ustick near Eagle Rd ~ Courtesy of Virgil Smitchger
Farmhouse on Ustick near Eagle Rd

Farmhouse on Ustick near Eagle Rd ~ Courtesy of Virgil Smitchger
Farmhouse on Ustick near Eagle Rd

Ustick Guys ~ Courtesy of Virgil Smitchger
Ustick Guys

Sprayer Wagon ~ Courtesy of Virgil Smitchger
Sprayer Wagon

Ustick Guys and Gals ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Ustick Guys and Gals

Ustick Ladies 1912 ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Ustick Ladies

Driving down Ustick's Main Street ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Driving down Ustick's main street

Ustick Wagon Ride ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Ustick Wagon Ride

Ustick High Basket Ball Team ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Ustick High School Basket Ball Team

Church or School Group 1915 ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Church or School Group

Ustick High School Students c. 1915 ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Ustick High School Students

Ustick Merchantile c. 1918 ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Ustick Merchantile

Woman in front of Merchantile ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Woman in front of Ustick Merc

Group in front of home on Mumbarto Street ~ Courtesy of June Fitzgerald
Group in front of home on Mumbarto Street

Ustick Bank used as a warehouse ~ Cole Libary Glass Window
Woman in front of Ustick Merc

Apple Orchard ~ Cole Libary Glass Window
Group in front of home on Mumbarto Street


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