Land Acquisition:

On March 3, 2014, title to the 12 acres was acquired by IFPL. As the year continued, it became apparent that a second year (2015) would be required to complete both fundraising and remediation of former sewage lagoons located on the property. The purchase was completed with a final payment on December 8, 2015. At the January 2016 IFPL Board meeting, the Board of Directors moved to add the 12 acres to the Barber Pool Conservation Area.

Remediation:

In late September and early October, 2015, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) oversaw the removal of all bio-solids and other contamination from the property and proceeded with final remediation of the site through a grant from the Brownfields Program as funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. IFPL received a Decommissioning Report and a Closure Report Approval Letter from DEQ dated January 21, 2016 – concluding the process by which your gifts and pledges proved instrumental in obtaining this public-private partnership and providing the expertise needed to achieve the site’s certified cleanup.

Design Process:

IFPL has been fortunate to retain the pro-bono services of locally renowned landscape architect Don Belts, the retired co-founder of Jensen-Belts Associates, who also provided the design for the William Shakespeare Park setting of Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater and Interpretive Center. Belts, in turn, has gained the pro-bono collaboration of several engineers in exploring concepts for “open space” development of the 12 acres, which would incorporate limited public access in concert with the William Shakespeare Park. A Proposed Master Plan Narrative – authored by Belts – outlines a number of possible site improvements, including sections on:

  • Habitat Restoration
  • Neighborhood Access and Connectivity
  • Rest Stop/Trail Head
  • Irrigation
  • Fencing and Natural Barriers
  • Public Art