The city of Nampa wants your comments on a proposed master plan design for the newest length of the Stoddard Pathway as it moves a step closer in a long-awaited plan to extend a popular pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists.
A public open house will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, between 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Sherman Elementary School, 1521 E. Sherman Ave. People will be able to look at the design, ask Parks and Recreation staff questions and offer suggestions.
Earlier this year, the city purchased a portion of the abandoned Stoddard rail line, north of East Iowa Avenue to Sherman Avenue, for the intent of extending the Stoddard Pathway. It took a three-way property exchange that finally gave the city access to the one-mile section the city had tried to purchase from Union Pacific Railroad since 2010.
The current Stoddard Pathway was established over 20 years ago and is a popular pathway for walking and bicycling.
“It was exciting when the city of Nampa officially acquired the abandoned railroad,” Mayor Bob Henry said. “But it’s especially gratifying, now, to see a preliminary design for the pathway. This has been a long time coming, and I’m looking forward to the next step.”
Funds from a CDBG Grant funded the conceptual design. City staff will take public comment to finalize the design. The City intends to use the master plan design to apply for grant funding to cover the cost of construction for the project.
“At complete build out, the pathway and other amenities are expected to cost around $1 million to construct,” Parks Superintendent Cody Swander said. “This will be a great amenity for Nampa residents.”