Boise's Public Lands Tour

  • National Street Service Volunteers will host Boise’s Public Lands Tour on Saturday, May 12th from 1:00 pm to 5:00pm.
  • The locations are:
    • Orchard & Denton - Thriftology
      555 North Orchard Street
      Boise, ID 83706
    • Broad Street between 5th and 6th
      Central Addition in Downtown Boise
      Boise, ID 83702
    • Vista & Targee
      2250 S Vista Ave
      Boise, ID 83705
  • The trolley and all three locations are FREE and open to the public
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BOISE, Idaho, May. 7, 2018 – Volunteers from the National Street Service will host The Boise Public Lands tour, a free event which celebrates the streets of Boise on Saturday, May 12th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The event will feature snacks, drinks, ice-cream and family-friendly activities.

"Our streets are also public lands," said Casey McLellan, a City Lead for the National Street service, who is leading volunteers for the event. "We thought it made sense to borrow from the language of natural areas to bring home the fact that these streets belong to people, and to invite everyone to share what they want from these valuable resources."

At Vista & Targee in the El Ada Community Action Parking lot will be the starting point for a guided walking tour and an interactive photo wall, which offer visitors a chance to reflect on the value and potential of Boise’s streets.

At Orchard and Denton, volunteers will transform Thriftology’s parking lot into a comfortable and protected place for people to interact and engage complete with games and music.

On Broad Street between 5th and 6th Street, there will be dancers, games, and activities to explore what permission and ownership of the streets can mean to the community.

The three sites will be linked by a free trolley, which will run every half hour between the locations. The first trolley will depart from the corner of Vista Ave and Targee St at 1:30 p.m. Visitors who make it to all three stops will be offered a prize.


The event will be hosted by the 25 local Boiseans who have just completed their National Street Service volunteer training. The training program is designed to help them closely observe their streets, in order to reflect on what is working well and where there are opportunities for improvement. “The volunteers have learned so much about what they love about their streets through this program,” says Deanna Smith, also a National Street Service City Lead in Boise. “The Public Lands Tour is an experiment into whether they can light that spark in their neighbors as well.” 

About the National Street Service

The National Street Service works across neighborhoods, generations, cultures, and city lines to celebrate the people, places, and moments that make our streets so valuable. We honor the soul of our cities by working with everyday people to make streets better places for everyone. The program is a collaboration between Greenfield Labs, a team created by Ford to explore the future of mobility through human-centered design; and Gehl, a global urban design service. You can find out more at