If you want to visit the Historic Boise Depot or show it off to out of town visitors this summer, don’t hold your breath. Boise Parks has a history of broken promises with the Depot.
A sign on the front door claims to open the Spanish Mission Style building during summer months, June-September Monday only from 12:30p.m. to 8 p.m. Wouldn’t it be nice to tour the building, take the elevator or steps to the top of the tower and view the city from a unique vantage point–DAILY?
The GUARDIAN’s first posting a year ago was about the Depot being closed to the public unless you have nearly a grand in cash to rent it. The City Parks Dept. responded with special hours that supposedly had it open to the public by appointment for two hours each Monday.
Our problem is with the fanfare we all endured and bought into–literally bought bricks, paintings and T-shirts–in an effort to SAVE THE DEPOT. Fact is Boise suckered the citizens into SAVING the Depot and promptly locked the public out!
Boise claims the only way they can afford to maintain the public building is to keep the public out. It is closed most weekends for private wedding receptions, graduations, and parties.
Tourists and locals alike–especially children–would have a lasting memory of a Boise landmark.
A Parks spokesperson said Tuesday she would “take a look at the sign.” She said there were no plans to have any sort of grand opening to kick off the summer season.
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