Downtown Nampa will celebrate the opening of two greenspace features during a dedication set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Lloyd Square.
The short dedication will be followed with the annual Mayor’s Bike Ride. The short and leisurely ride on Nampa’s quiet streets and pathways will begin at 6:15 p.m. at Lloyd Square Pathway and end in the same spot. For those who don’t ride bicycles, Joe Bell has offered to give a historic walk in Downtown Nampa. It’s also planned to begin from the same spot. The Mayor’s Bike Ride and historic walk are organized by Bike Walk Nampa. For more information about the group, visit http://www.bikewalknampa.org.
During the past two months, the Nampa Parks Department converted the paved parking lot at Lloyd Square to a grassy park and will be open for casual use starting May 18.
Just across Front Street beginning at 13th Avenue is a short bicycle and pedestrian pathway that follows the railroad tracks. Funding for the pathway included: $236,000 Federal Transit Administration Job Access and Reverse Commute Program grant, $145,000 Community Development Block grant and $107,000 in local match funds.
For now, Lloyd Square Pathway starts at 13th Avenue and extends to 16th Avenue. The project also included bike lanes on 16th Avenue overpass in both directions.
The eventual goal is to connect to the pathway with other bicycle and pedestrian master plan projects, giving bicyclists and pedestrians a safe route to Downtown Nampa.
Mayor Bob Henry proposed the plan to turn Lloyd Square into a Downtown greenspace earlier this year and put up $6,000 as seed money for the project. Over a two-year period, Henry won $6,000 from a Blue Cross-sponsored Mayor’s Walk to increase awareness for healthy habits, including walking.
For now, the Nampa Parks Department wants to see how the new grassed-in area will be used in conjunction with the stage and concrete pad in the building located on the site. If you are interested in planning an event after July 4 at Lloyd Square, please call 468-5858.
Henry said the Parks Department will work with other stakeholders, including the Farmer’s Market, Downtown Nampa and Main Street America’s Design Committee to determine the parameters of Phase 2 for Lloyd Square Park.