The Nampa Parks & Recreation Department will hold an open house meeting Tuesday, March 15, between 6:30 and 8 p.m. at Birch Elementary Cafeteria so the public can offer suggestions as the city plans for a new park at the intersection of Franklin Boulevard and Cherry Lane. Residents can drop in anytime between 6:30 and 8 p.m. to offer comments.
Nampa Developer Don Brandt has donated 28.2 acres for a new city park that will complement Franklin Village, a new subdivision slated to be built in that area. The park will be named after Don Brandt’s mother, Orah Brandt. John and Orah Brandt were well-known Nampa residents and civic leaders. John Brandt was a Nampa businessman. Orah, a school teacher, was highly instrumental in getting the first city-sponsored recreation program started, hot lunch in the schools and she belonged to the influential Woman’s Century Club.
Each year, first graders visited the Brandt farm where they could pet the farm animals, gather eggs and take horseback rides, according to John Brandt, who contributed an essay to “Nampa’s People: Discovering Our Heritage.” The book, published 1986, celebrated the city’s centennial.
“We want the public to make suggestions for amenities in the park before a master plan is finalized,” Parks and Recreation Director Darrin Johnson said. “The public meeting allows us to have the community look at our draft concept and make recommendations. After we have received the public’s input, the Parks Department may modify the draft plan and then bring it to City Council for approval.”
Johnson said the first phase, which will cost $500,000, will include grass and parking once the developer has completed the frontage roads. That should be done later this summer.
Subsequent phases will be implemented as funding is available, Johnson said, adding that he expects the park to be fully developed in 15 years. A preliminary plan includes a swimming pool, some small practice fields, and places for park visitors to play basketball, pickle ball, futsal, disc golf and baseball.