A committee of Team Dave supporters has been meeting–after getting their marching orders from the Mayor last spring. THEIR REPORT and recommendations to the council will be presented at the Tuesday council “work session.”
The short version is this: The Boise Depot will probably remain mostly closed to the public in favor of “marketing” the facility to private party meetings, wedding receptions and the like. Currently the Depot is closed to the public whenever there is an event renting the facility and every Tuesday thru Saturday.
We just returned from a business trip to Boston and New Hampshire where most public facilities are open to the PUBLIC. They are open because they are of interest to visitors from throughout the country–and the world. The historic Spanish mission style building overlooking the city with an accessible bell tower could easily be a similar attraction.
Boise officials simply miss the point. If they want to “market” the Depot, it should be used as a visitor center and actively featured in travel guides and include ample DIRECTIONAL SIGNS. It needn’t be open for token visits by residents. It should be open all summer long and every weekend of the year.
The Depot was purchased by the Citizens in a huge “Save The Depot” campaign. We got hoodwinked by the previous administration and Team Dave has carried on the policy of excluding the public. It is now a mere catering venue–with discounts to catering companies.
We all foot the bill for the current repair and maintenance being conducted. We applaud the fact they are taking care of it, but find find it sad we are doing nothing but creating a nice venue for those with the cash to rent it.
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