Boise Foothills Naming Process Put on Hold

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In December, the Boise Parks and Recreation Department decided to do something different when it comes to foothills trail development: It opened up the naming process of trails to the public.

"Rather than us just coming up with names for the trails, why not stay in the collaborative spirit of the whole thing," David Gordon of Ridge to Rivers told Boise Weekly on Dec. 22.

Gordon was referring to Boise's newly acquired trails from the Quail Ridge Golf Course to Bogus Basin Road, called Hillside to Hollow.

From the get-go, the Hillside to Hollow project was heavy on public input. Boise Parks and Rec laid out the maps and handed trail users the markers to decide which trails should stay, which should go and which should be added. 

Gordon thought, "Why not let the public help name those trails as well?" So the city created a webpage that let anyone submit a name for nine of the popular trails off Hill Road. Then, on Dec. 29, the trail names were displayed for the public to vote on.

Users came up with names like "2 Turkeys," "36th Street Express," "Catalpa View," "Gut Buster," "Hayduke," "Hillside Hike," "Quail Trail" and "Wildside." The plan was to keep voting open through Jan. 4. 

That is, until Parks and Rec changed its mind.

According to a Dec. 31 news release, the trail-naming process has been postponed while the city creates a "broad-based public policy for how public trails, parks and recreation areas are named." It first has to be adopted by Parks and Rec and the Boise City Council before any trails are officially labeled.

"Clearly, our citizens love their parks and trails," Parks and Rec Director Doug Holloway stated in the release. “We have received fantastic response from trail users who submitted hundreds of suggestions for Hillside to Hollow pathways. Trail-naming ideas submitted to date will be considered during the development of the new policy.”

Parks and Rec hopes the new naming policy process will be effective sometime this month.