A portion of 12th Avenue between Front and 1st streets will be closed Sept. 20 through Sept. 29 to create a permanent home for the Downtown Christmas tree. A custom manhole will be installed so the large annual Christmas tree can be prominently displayed in Downtown Nampa.
An anonymous $16,000 donation will cover the majority of the costs.
“The idea was pitched out three years ago, and Downtown leaders supported it,” Mayor Bob Henry said. The vision was shared with a community member who likes to support Nampa and I deeply appreciate the holiday sentiment that the donation means for our community.”
It means a lot to the Downtown area as well because a 50-foot Christmas tree would be quite visible, especially in the evening.
“It is so great to see the community stepping up to invest in Downtown Nampa like this,” said Downtown Coordinator Morgan Treasure. “The holiday season is so important for many of our small businesses, and it will be fantastic to have the tree on display in a location that will help draw more shoppers into the historic district.”
The tree, previously located in the corner of private property at the intersection of 1st Street South and 12th Avenue, was supported with guy wires. The new location makes it easier to install and decorate the Christmas tree. It also addresses the possibility that the private property could become unavailable at any time if it were sold.
“Since we first started talking about moving the tree to a much more visible location in front of the depot, I have been thrilled with the idea,” Business Improvement District President Kris Wear said. “I feel the look of the tree, as people drive up 12th Avenue, will shine a bright light on Downtown and will hopefully drive more of the community to Downtown to see what else we have to offer!”
Traffic will be diverted into the city parking lots that border Front Street on both sides of 12th Avenue while the Christmas tree is on display from about Nov. 15 through early January. The official tree lighting will be held at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25.
During construction, thru traffic will be diverted while local customers to the businesses located on 12th Avenue will be allowed parking access. Haemker Construction of Nampa will do the construction estimated to cost $21,391.