The city’s setting near the banks of the Boise River provides many residents with picturesque views of waterways, forested hillsides and the city itself. Known for its innate beauty and serene surroundings, much emphasis and financial resources have been placed on preserving Garden City’s natural greenbelt. Blending nature with a progressive eye on the future, this community and others in the region have worked diligently to strike the perfect balance between industrial and commercial growth and the “city green” mentality.
While locals benefit from the many outdoor recreational adventure spots such as the Bogus Basin Ski Resort, they also benefit from a thriving metropolis filled with rich cultural amenities and opportunities for economic development. This part of the state features everything from desert, rivers, mountains and lakes to a prominent university and a commercial city center that is the headquarters for large-enterprise companies such as Simplot Corporation, Boise Cascade, Washington Group, Micron Technology and Hewlett-Packard to name a few.
The weather here is as diverse as the amenities. Winters call for heavy coats and snow shoes while summers allow residents to enjoy many water sport activities in bathing suits and flip flops. The Boise River is a popular destination for locals year round for fishing and boating adventures. During the warmer months, the shorelines of the Boise River as well as the many other rivers and lakes in the area come alive with sunbathers and beachgoers playing everything from volleyball to paddleball.
The Downtown Garden City area offers a unique blend of restaurants, specialty shops and boutiques and is another popular gathering spot for locals on weeknights and weekends. Nearby Boise State University has a student population of about 18,600 and the spill over effect of students into the area help to stimulate commerce and create a very lively, but still family-oriented atmosphere. Community spirit is evident in Garden City’s support of the university’s athletic programs as well as its cultural influence on the arts and entertainment industry within Boise.
Residents also look forward to the annual Western Idaho Fair, which takes place during the summer months in Boise. The fair is self-supported by Ada County and features live entertainment, carnival rides and games, pageants, petting zoos, horse races, agricultural competitions, exhibits, and of course, plenty of food vendors that will satisfy any palate. The Western Idaho Fair is held every year at the Expo Idaho, which also hosts a variety of public, private and corporate events throughout the year.
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