Pooches Get New Place to Play

Treasure Valley hounds now have a new spot to frolic. July saw the opening of Together Treasure Valley Dog Island, located in Ann Morrison Park’s southwest corner.

“We are proud to offer an opportunity for dogs to run, play and swim so close to downtown Boise,” says Doug, Halloway, Boise Parks and Recreation director.

The park, open year-round, features a 5.4-acre active dog area, a fenced “shy dog” area and a pond.

The $450,000 project was partly funded through donations from Together Treasure Valley and the Harry W. Morrison Foundation.

Ground Broken for Valor Pointe Complex

Veterans experiencing chronic homelessness will find their way home in 2020.

In July, community leaders and partners broke ground on Valor Pointe, an apartment complex offering veterans healthcare, counseling and substance use treatment. The complex, at 4203 W. State St., will have 27 one-bedroom units.

“Valor Pointe is the second housing development in our city that utilizes the Housing First model, providing community members with a secure and stable place to live, along with essential services needed to help them get back on their feet,” Mayor Dave Bieter says.

Idaho Travel Council Awards Millions for Tourism Promotion

Idaho is both a great place to live and visit. To help with tourism, the Idaho Travel Council recently granted $6,141,270 in tourism marketing funding to nonprofit organizations through the Idaho Regional Travel and Convention Grant Program.

The money will go toward promoting cities, towns and regions of the state as travel destinations. Promotions typically include things like print and digital advertising, videography, brochures, travel show attendance, public relations, direct mail, industry research and website creation.

“Travel and tourism continue to have a positive impact on Idaho’s economy,” Idaho Commerce Director Tom Kealey says in a release. “This growth benefits businesses and communities of all sizes, and we are proud of our statewide marketing efforts and the grant program for keeping Idaho top of mind and influencing travel to our many incredible destinations.”