By Mark Barnes
This is the second in a series about parks and recreation improvements in the city of Kuna.
As the eastern extension of the Kuna greenbelt is underway, plans are in place to extend the greenbelt to the west ending at the new Indian Creek Community Garden. In partnership with the Kuna School District, the western extension of the greenbelt will be behind Indian Creek Elementary School along Indian Creek. The projected cost of this expansion is $23,640 with the majority of the cost in the asphalt needed for paving.
The path will end at the footbridge that crosses Indian Creek to the southern shoreline where the new Indian Creek Community Garden is being installed. That project, partially funded with a grant from Union Pacific and also in partnership with the Kuna School District, is a plan to keep children and pedestrians from crossing through the area and endangering them on the highly used railroad train tracks.
The main portion of this project will involve modification of the three acre site and improvements to help deter the high foot traffic that occurs in the area. The city will install an irrigation system for vegetation, level an acre and prep soil for an in-ground community garden, produce and display educational signs reminding the community of railroad safety, build soil to block locations currently being used by youth to burrow underneath the fence to access the train tracks and plant thorny berry bushes along the fence. It is hoped that as these berry plants mature a community berry festival or event could be developed as part of the garden.
The budget includes landscaping, benches, tables, equipment and supplies for the space and amounts to approximately $8,000. This project is already funded with grants and inkind donations.
Phase two of the project will involve plans to build a greenhouse for horticulture education and develop a small tree farm nursery to provide trees for city use in other landscaping projects.