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Construction is expected to begin next week on a new Cancer Survivor Plaza in the east end of Julia Davis Park.
Funds are provided by a $1 million grant from the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation for the construction of a plaza with a new paved parking lot, sidewalks, walls with stone veneer, and vibrant landscaping. The donation was approved by the City Council in June 2012. . The grant provides $900,000 for construction and an endowment of $100,000 for maintenance.
The Kansas City-based foundation has funded 24 parks throughout the United States and Canada. The parks were created to give hope and courage to newly diagnosed patients, to inspire determination for those who are fighting the disease, and to reduce fear in those who have not had cancer.
Western Idaho Construction is the contractor for the project, which is expected to be completed in fall 2014.
In the new plaza, the cancer survivor message is presented in a “Positive Mental Attitude” walk and “Road to Recovery” signage.
The “Positive Mental Attitude” journey begins on a path that leads from the parking lot to the plaza. A welcome sign is in the center of a widened sidewalk is the starting point for a sandstone ribbon inlayed in the concrete that leads the visitor down the path to the plaza. As the ribbon reaches the edge of the sidewalk it turns into a series of curved sandstone walls that portray “Positive Mental Attitude” messages. The three walls are of different heights ranging from 7- to 9-feet tall constructed of CMU with natural stone on the faces and a concrete cap on each wall.
The pathway loops around “Wind Dance,” a kinetic kite sculpture created by local artist Mark Baltes that includes a gazing globe at the base to pick up the reflections of both the kites overhead and colorful landscaping around the plaza.
Landscaping will be in a vibrant palette of blue, red, orange, yellow, and white using plants that are consistent with healing gardens offering textures and smells.
The “Road to Recovery” message is presented on a series of artistic panels in the plaza surrounding the “Wind Dance” sculpture.
The project includes a new 32 stall parking lot and widening of Julia Davis Drive to allow two-way traffic through the entire park. The current exit-only access to Myrtle Street will be converted to a right in/right out access.
To learn more about the Bloch Cancer Foundation philosophy, please see: http://blochcancer.org/about/cancer-survivors-parks/
For construction-related information, please see parks.cityofboise.org or contact Project Manager Toby Norton at
or call (208) 608-7635.
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