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First Thursday: Plan Parks at Berryhill & Co.

Peppering Boise's downtown with parks

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Not many First Thursday events offer the chance for civic participation, but at the Berryhill & Co. outdoor plaza (121 N. Ninth St.), you can contribute to your community during an open house, 4:30-6 p.m., hosted by the Boise Department of Parks and Recreation and the Planning and Development Services Department, who are encouraging the public to help create a vision for future urban parks and public spaces downtown.

"We want to support the emerging pedestrian movement downtown," said Boise Associate Planner Leon Letson. "The intent of the meeting is to introduce the planning effort to the public."

The departments are looking into creating more plazas; active alleyways like Seattle's Pioneer Square; and miniature green areas with seating, which are called "parkettes" "parklets" and are sometimes as small as a parking space.

"It's pretty far from what Parks and Rec has thought about in the past, but we think in this urban setting, it's appropriate," Letson said. "It supports the downtown energy that's been growing over the past few years."