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BOISE — In the coming years, the city of Boise will make the 11th addition to its Ribbon of Jewels series of parks, on a stretch of land previously not within city limits.

Sue Howell Park will occupy a 16-acre parcel of land in the area of Highway 21 and Warm Springs Avenue, city officials said during a press conference Wednesday morning. It will be the easternmost of the series of parks and, like the others, it will be named after a woman in the community.

Sue Howell and her husband, Aaron Howell, founded Northwest Lineman College in 1993. Aaron Howell still serves as the vocational school’s president. Sue Howell worked as a teacher, and as a tribute to that career, the park will pay homage to two of her passions — education and fitness. It will be dotted with features of Idaho’s identity, from a pond in the shape of Lake Pend Oreille and a simulation of Shoshone Falls, to a statue of Lady Idaho at the park’s entrance, much as she appears on the state seal.

“As you go through the park, you experience the state of Idaho, you learn about the state of Idaho,” said Aaron Howell.

The park will also feature a fitness court for sports and recreation, and its southern hem will border a section of the Greenbelt managed by Ada County. The Howell family purchased the currently undeveloped narrow plot of land just a year ago — and initially, it wasn’t even in the city limits.

Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway remembered the night in November 2016 when an attorney sent him an email on behalf of the Howells, telling him the family wanted to make a donation for a park. Since then, he and others, including the Stack Rock Group, a local architecture firm, worked to bring the project to fruition. The group is responsible for other projects in Boise, such as The Fowler and Rio de Oro.

Four government entities had to agree to annexations so the park could fall within city limits, said Holloway. City officials worked with the Idaho Transportation Department, Suez Water Company, Boise State University and the Bureau of Land Management. Holloway acknowledged that while it has taken two years to get to this point in the project, the process of gathering public input has only just begun. The Boise City Council plans to consider the donation at its Tuesday night meeting, according to a written statement from Bonnie Shelton, spokeswoman for the city’s parks and recreation department.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter lauded the project as well, in a rapidly growing part of the city.

“Especially for young people, there’s nothing better there to have than a park,” Bieter said.

Each of the parks in the city’s Ribbon of Jewels series is named after a woman. The Howells chose to continue that tradition, Aaron Howell said, by naming the park after Sue Howell. He wanted to honor the work she did with him in founding Northwest Lineman College, where she played a more behind-the-scenes role.

For her, it was paramount the park help teach people about the state they lived in.

“I was a teacher ... so that education component is very important,” she said.

Both said they were looking forward to the project coming full circle, when they can stroll through the park bearing their name.

That date is still unknown.

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