Boise's new West End Food Park is a go, plans to open July 3

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Boise's west end is about to get tasty facelift.

The city of Boise says it's agreed to lease city-owned property for its first ever food park. The city-owned property, located on Fairview Avenue between 24th and 25th streets, will be known as the West End Food Park.

The agreement is for six months.

"I'm excited that the city will be able to leverage this unused piece of property to create new economic activity and increased vibrancy in the West End," Mayor David Bieter said. "With the Boise River Park, the upcoming Esther Simplot Park and other private sector investments, the West End is quickly becoming one of the most dynamic areas in town. Boise is working hard to redefine our downtown; this West End Food Park is one of the ways we are making that happen."

Boise resident Matthew Sorensen, who's helped spearheaded the effort, told KBOI 2News earlier this year that Boise is a natural fit for a food park.

"I think we need something like this to support all of those entrepreneurs we have who are providing Boise with fantastic food for foodies," Sorensen said. "Boise is full of foodies."

The park received a major boost in funding when organizers launched a successful Kickstarter effort and raised $20,000.

The city says up to 10 food trucks will be featured at the park -- open for lunch and dinner -- as well as a produce stand. The park will open July 3 after a tentative soft launch.