Volunteers Wanted August 22-25 for Terry First Build a Better Block Event

Whether you’re an expert with a saw or maybe just someone who likes to lend a hand, the City of Pocatello could use your help.

The City of Pocatello Planning and Development Services Department along with project partners Team Better Block and Community Builders are looking for volunteers to help build temporary improvements to Terry Street and First Avenue from August 22 to August 25. Interested volunteers can sign up at TerryFirst.com.

In July, the groups held a Community Walk-and-Talk where they gathered suggestions from citizens on how to improve the area.

“Some of the ideas included painting murals, creating temporary bike paths, having places to watch the trains, and adding curb extensions at 4th and 5th Avenue to name a few,” said Matthew Lewis, Senior Planner with the City of Pocatello. “Now, we want to see how these ideas would look and feel in practice and most importantly, how they could enhance the Terry First corridor.”

Volunteers will build, paint, and create the improvements between August 22 and 25. On the evening of August 25, there will be a free Build a Better Block community event with food, beverages and activities making use of the spaces, giving people a sense of how an updated streetscape could function.

A workshop is slated for Tuesday, August 7 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Portneuf Valley Brewing, 615 South 1st Avenue. Those interested in volunteering or residents who were unable to attend the July Walk-and-Talk are encouraged to participate and provide their input. A draft concept plan for the Build a Better Block event will be featured at the workshop. The draft concept plan can be found atterryfirst.com/project/project-documents.

The effort is part of the Terry First project that aims to create a vision for the Terry Street/South First Avenue corridor that will spur economic development, support redevelopment, increase bicycle and pedestrian mobility, and improve the connection between Idaho State University and Old Town Pocatello.

For more information on Terry First or to sign-up as a volunteer, visit TerryFirst.com.

Portneuf Valley Brewing is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe atsbeebe; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.

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