The Rotary Club of East Boise has “adopted” the icon of Boise as a clean up project beginning with an anti-grafitti effort on the huge concrete bench which provides spectacular views over Boise clear into Oregon.
GUARDIAN editor Dave Frazier has sought to showcase the most spectacular viewpoint in all of Treasure Valley. He spoke to the Rotary East club Tuesday, offering insight and some advice on what is needed.
Here are some of the needs he highlighted:
–Pave an asphalt strip 10 foot wide from the parking lot to the viewpoint for walking.
–Address the issue of trash collection. A few garbage cans would cut down on litter.
–Toilet facilities. Composting, pit privy, or porta potty for starters. After hiking up the trail from the old pen, nature often calls.
–A railing or rock wall around the rim for safety.
–Video monitoring for security.
–Directional signs guiding visitors to the area.
–Interpretive signs on the site identifying landmarks, both manmade and natural such as the airport, capitol, Bogus Basin, peaks in Oregon and the Owyhee Mountains, etc.
Our past efforts have indicated there is interest from many groups to donate both time and money to the project.
The site is owned by the Idaho Historical Society as part of the Old Pen Museum. They rent space for radio and telephone transmitters and maintain the parking lot which is open during daylight hours.
The cross is on a tiny speck of ground owned by the Jaycees. That deal came about when the Idaho Land Board made a low profile deal to thwart the Christian vs anti-Christian issue. If memory serves, the purchase price was $1.
Our hope is the community will simply leave the religious issue alone. The cross has been there for many, many years and no group has been harmed by its presence. It has now become a historical artifact for better or worse.
The real goal should be to develop a day-use park where visitors and residents alike can look down on the city and up at nature in a single glimpse. For more information and to donate, see KICKSTARTER.
Here’s a FACEBOOK link to the Rotary Club.
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