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Whether you’re staying for business or pleasure, inside these pages are entertaining things to do, fun and interesting places to visit, food and drink suggestions and some history about this retail, agricultural and industrial destination. Nampa is a welcoming city; if you need anything, just ask, or stand on the sidewalk looking around and someone will likely strike up a conversation, such as on a Thursday afternoon outside downtown Nampa’s historic movie theater building. The Nampa Travel Guide has tid-bits about local favorites and other noteworthy topics, such as the Idaho Horse Park (that you can visit anytime), Lake Lowell and other scenic outdoor attractions, the Warhawk Air Museum (that intrigues history enthusiasts and curious passerby alike), the city’s connection to delicious local wine … to name just a few.
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Search the Table of Contents if you’re looking for something speciﬁc or read this guide from cover to cover to inspire how to spend your time. Still better, maybe you’ve just moved here! Welcome. This guide can also be used as a crash course to familiarize yourself with treasured community staples and a heads up on what’s new. Keep this guide handy to impress others with your knowledge of the area and you’ll be able to help others have a good time and connect with the great things Nampa has to offer too. Happy exploring! — Idaho Press and Nampa Chamber of Commerce staff
TABLE OF CONTENTS Some Things To Know ............................ 3 Wine ................................................ 28-29 Sunnyslope Wine Table of Contents .................................... 4 Trail Map ..................................... 30-31 Letter from Mayor Kling ........................ 5 Recreation History of Nampa ................................ 6-7 Outdoors ............................................... 32 Visit Nampa Rec Center ........................... 33-34 Downtown ......................................... 9-12 Youth Activities .................................... 35 Youth Sports ......................................... 36 Arts & Culture ................................. 14-15 Ford Idaho Center and Resources Idaho Horse Park ......................... 16-19 Education ........................................ 37-41 Places To Stay ....................................... 42 Top 10 .............................................. 20-21 Plan Your Event .................................... 43 Things To Do ................................... 22-25 Health Services ............................... 44-46 Nampa Farmers Market .................. 26-27 Transportation and Emergency Contacts ......................... 47
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OFFICE OF THE MAYOR Welcome to Nampa! As you explore our hometown, we hope you enjoy an authentic experience and create fond memories of your time here. As part of the Treasure Valley, Nampa is among one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. With a population of over 100,200, we still value our devotion to family, faith and helping our neighbors. Alongside the amazing people in our community, we also cherish our rich heritage and the many activities happening in our hometown. Nampa is big enough to enjoy all the comforts you need, but small enough to easily and quickly get around town and to other parts of the Treasure Valley. From a historic downtown, top-notch golfing, weekly farmer’s markets from April - September, beautiful parks, peaceful pathways and ample shopping, Nampa has something for everyone. Nampa is also just minutes away from the Snake River Valley’s Sunnyslope Wine Trail. The Snake River Stampede Rodeo, one of the top 10 PRCA ranked rodeos in the nation, for over 100 years, is held at Nampa’s Ford Idaho Center the third week in July each year and is celebrated throughout the community. The Ford Idaho Center also has a beautiful amphitheater for outdoor concerts and horse park which attracts some of the most prestigious horse events in the country. We are home to the nationally recognized Warhawk Air Museum which showcases the history of the military’s aviation back to World War I. You won’t want to miss a special opportunity to experience, discover and remember at the Warhawk Air Museum. Nampa has something for everyone! We hope you enjoy your opportunity to explore and experience authentic Nampa. Sincerely,
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HISTORY OF NAMPA
n 1883, the landscape of what would become Canyon County was changed forever when the Oregon short line railway (a subsidiary of the Union Paciﬁc) made its way from Granger, Wyoming, to Huntington, Oregon. The sagebrush-covered ground was cleared and leveled so tracks could be laid providing an opportunity for safer travel to emigrants from the East. Towns sprung up about every 10 to 15 miles along the tracks — Nampa is one such town. No one knows for sure where the name “Nampa” came from, but as the railroad was built through Idaho, unusual names were given to some of the stations. Many of these names were believed to be of Native American origin.
Land and Improvement Company In 1885, Alexander and Hannah Duffes (with the encouragement of James McGee) homesteaded on 160 acres of land east of Caldwell to create a town. In 1886, Duffes and McGee formed the Nampa Land and Improvement Company and divided the property into lots. Duffes was a religious man and dreamed of a town with no saloon. As such, he refused to sell lots to anyone who intended to build a saloon. Consequently people began referring to the town of Nampa as “New Jerusalem.” Interestingly, 21 years later, the Duffes home was moved and a brewery was built in its place.
Development The promise of irrigation brought many emigrants to
homestead in the land surrounding Nampa. In 1890, the Phyllis Canal brought irrigation water to Nampa and surrounding areas. In 1891, the extension of the Ridenbaugh Canal was completed. With the completion of these canals, an estimated 150,000 to 300,000 acres of farmland adjacent to Nampa could be cleared of sagebrush and cultivated. On April 17, 1891, a municipal government was formed and the town of Nampa incorporated. By 1900, Nampa had a population of about 800. Water is an essential commodity in the high desert. In 1909, the Bureau of Reclamation created a water storage site for Canyon County farmers. This site, the Deer Flat Reservoir, would bring water to approximately 2,900 farms by 1910. The Deer Flat Reservoir continues to serve Canyon County farmers today.
Railroad By 1900, 10 passenger trains a day were coming through Nampa. It was at this time promoter and wealthy
COURTESY of WWW.CITYOFNAMPA.US mining man, Colonel W.H. Dewey, became interested in Nampa. He built the Boise, Nampa and Owyhee railroad from Nampa to Murphy, Idaho. Dewey also promoted another railroad that was built from Nampa to Emmett and eventually to Lakeport, now McCall, Idaho. With Nampa the junction for four railroads, Dewey decided an elegant hotel was needed in the area. So in 1902, Dewey built the Dewey Palace Hotel. At that time, the Dewey Palace Hotel was considered one of the ﬁnest hotels in the West.
The Snake River Stampede In 1908, a group of Christian women organized a street fair. This street fair led to a popular annual event called the “Harvest Festival” where local farmers brought their fruits, vegetables, poultry and other goods to sell in downtown Nampa. In 1913, a bronco booking contest was added.
Over the years, the Harvest Festival faded away, but the rodeo portion of the festival, the Snake River Stampede, has continued to this day. Now, the Snake River Stampede is one of the top 10 rodeos in the prorodeo circuits. The Harvest Festival was revived in 2015 With so much passenger train for the 100th anniversary of the Stampede. trafﬁc, Nampa needed a larger train station. In September of Nampa Today 1903, a new passenger station Agriculture has been and remains a key element of was completed. This train Nampa’s economy. Because of cultivation, agricultural station now houses the Canyon businesses have grown in Nampa. Currently Nampa is the County Historical Society home of the Amalgamated Sugar Factory, the Sorrento Museum on 1200 Front St. in Lactalis cheese factory and many others. Nampa. Although passenger train service was discontinued in Idaho in 1997 due to lack of funding and use, Nampa continues to be an important part of the Union Paciﬁc mainline operations both now and in the foreseeable Downtown Fire future. On July 3, 1909, the entire downtown Nampa block between 12th and 13th avenues and First and Front streets was destroyed when a ﬁrecracker exploded in a wooden frame cigar store. This ﬁre forced the residents of Nampa to rebuild a large part of the downtown area.
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DOWNTOWN In the beginning… The Oregon Short Line Railway sought to make its way from Granger, Wyoming to Huntington, Oregon, passing through what would later become Canyon County. Since towns tended to spring up every 10-15 miles along the tracks, once the sagebrush was cleared to make a safer path for eastbound travelers, Nampa was born. Now, the once revolutionary train station lies in the center of a lively community and serves as the Canyon County Historical Museum. Home to the Snake River Stampede, Northwest Nazarene University and many other historical beginnings, Nampans today enjoy many of the same commodities as the early 20th century pioneers. Undoubtedly, much has changed since then.
Then vs. Now. Though Nampa began with a dream of “a Town with no saloon”, it is now the gateway to the Idaho wine country. Many of the rich surrounding farmlands of Sunnyslope are home to Idaho’s best wineries. Including over a dozen wineries in Canyon County, you can be sure to add wine tasting to your trip. With such historic roots as the bustling junction of the West, it is no surprise that Downtown Nampa offers one of the greatest historic
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downtown areas with some of the greatest antiquing experiences. Village Square on the corner of Second Street and 13th Avenue is home to four unique antique shops - the largest of which is Village Antiques. With everything from antique furniture to collectible coins and ﬁne china, you’re sure to ﬁnd your next dazzling centerpiece. Rapid growth over the years has led to the bloom of Nampa’s small business community with local retail and restaurants alike. Coming in at the top is Brick 29 BIstro a must-see (or must-eat, if you will). A twist on traditional comfort food, Brick 29 is sure to offer the best in taste at an affordable price. Try something familiar like the Reuben or Hot Turkey Melt, or expand your sandwich palette with something new like the Rhubarb Grilled Cheese. Their wide menu and brilliant wine selection is sure to please everyone in the pack.
Night Life No trip or date night is complete without dinner and a show, so be sure to check out the events happening at Nampa Civic Center or the Ford Idaho Center. Home to sports, music, and community events alike, these venues have hosted some of the biggest names to cross Idaho. Looking for a great experiential gift? Check out Ford Idaho Center to get your tickets to the biggest names in music like The Jonas Brothers, Dierks Bentley, Foreigner, and more. If you’re not one for concerts, the Ford Idaho
Center is also home to Nampa’s longest running tradition - the Snake River Stampede. The Snake River Stampede is one of the top 10 regular professional rodeos out of approximately 800 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. This annual week-long event happens in the third week of July and is not only the host of one of the top rodeo competitions, but is known for its compelling rodeo clown acts, and prominent Rodeo Queen competition. With community events scheduled all throughout the summer, Nampa is more than just a location, it’s a destination!
Revitalization In case you hadn’t noticed, Nampa has seen some recent changes to bring more vitality to downtown and beyond. The city helped ignite downtown Nampa’s revitalization. According to the City of Nampa, grants for historic facades, streetscape beautiﬁcation, a new library, public art, street beautiﬁcation and a public safety building are helping to further redeﬁne downtown.
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Now the streets are livened with music, people, vendors, and more. Plus, who could forget about the farmer’s market? Located in the historic Lloyd Square Park, the Nampa Farmers’ Market aims to provide a venue where local farmers, creators, crafters, and doers can ﬁnd a knack for their entrepreneurial spirits. This community fosters education, social gathering, and community building in the open fresh Idaho air. Founded in 1989, John and Aﬁne Relk had a vision to provide a market where friends and family could buy local food and products. Since the ﬁrst market on July 15th, 1989 where only three vendors showed, the “Nampa Farm and Garden Market” (as it was originally called) has grown to become a family attraction for Nampans wide and far! Open this year from April 10th until October 30th, you can ﬁnd bustling bakers, makers,
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growers, and takers every Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The market has been key to Nampa’s revitalization of downtown, and helps support local businesses by bringing in customers from all over Idaho to experience the beautiful historic downtown. Just outside of downtown, the Nampa area offers lots of attractions for families, couples, friends, and more. Most interesting probably would be the Nampa Warhawk Air Museum. Chock full of history, it began as a tribute to veterans of WWI/WWII, but has grown to include all American Veterans. Located on the corner of Airport Rdand Municipal Dr., this attraction will take you sky high! Not only that, but downtown Nampa is only about a 30 minute drive from Sawtooth Winery just outside Lake Lowell and Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. Offering tasting rooms, private events, community events (and great wine, of course!) This part of the Sunnyslope is sure to give you the perfect taste of Idaho’s Wine country. Less than a day trip away are some of Idaho’s beautiful nature scenes and outdoor life such as Eagle Island State Park and Bogus Basin Nampa’s central location makes it perfect for all the outdoor thrillseekers.
Day life, to night life, to the outdoors, to the historic districts, this historic downtown is sure to win your heart. When planning your next weekend vacation, make Downtown Nampa your #1 destination!
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The Nampa Civic Center serves as an event center for the Nampa community. The Civic Center is located at 311 Third Street S. in Nampa. It was dedicated on May 12, 1990, and since that time over one million people have made use of the facilities. The Nampa Civic Center hosts over 2,000 events annually. The building has 14 separate meeting spaces that can be conﬁgured according to the needs of the group. For trade show events and expos, the Civic Center can accommodate up to 110 booth spaces. The Nampa Civic Center can support banquets for as few as 10 or as many as 1,000. The Civic Center was created through the support of private businesses, individuals and the city of Nampa. On August 27, 2007, construction broke ground on a 5,500-square-foot expansion to the Nampa Civic Center. For catered events, the Nampa Civic Center has an on-site executive chef and a catering director. They can provide extravagant, gourmet meals or more traditional meals according to the style of the event. Other services and equipment are available for patrons to use including dance ﬂoors and full service bars. In addition to event space, the Nampa Civic Center is also the home of the 650-seat Brandt Auditorium, which is used for performing arts events, concerts and large business meetings. Brandt Auditorium is equipped with audio-visual equipment and audio-visual technician time. The Nampa Civic Center is a department of the city of Nampa. Ofﬁce hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
Music Theatre of Idaho Inc. was founded as a nonproﬁt, 501(c)3 corporation in 1997. The mission of MTI is to provide opportunities for individuals to expand and explore their interests in musical theater production while presenting the community with professional quality, family-centered and affordable live musical theater. MTI seeks to engage and educate persons of all ages through outreach programs centered on live theater production. MTI provides performance opportunities for over 200 artists each season and has a subscription base of over 1,400 season ticket holders. More than 10,000 community members attend MTI’s musicals each season. Every year, thousands of Treasure Valley-area students are introduced to live theater through MTI’s “Arts in Education” productions. MTI is staffed by over 100 community service volunteers ranging in age from six years old through senior citizen age. MTI volunteers contribute over 700 community service hours per week during production season. To contact MTI’s box ofﬁce, call 468-2385.
The Ford Idaho Center www.fordidahocenter.com The Ford Idaho Center is a complex of sports and entertainment venues located off Interstate 84, exit 38 14
in Nampa. The Idaho Center venues include an indoor arena with a seating capacity of 12,279 people and 31,200 square feet of ﬂoor space, and a 10,500 seat outdoor amphitheater with a 60-by-40 foot stage. In addition to the indoor arena and outdoor amphitheater, the Idaho Center maintains the Sports Center for indoor track and ﬁeld events. The Sports Center features a 200-meter indoor track and hosted the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track Championships. The Idaho Center hosts the Snake River Stampede annually. For information, call 468-1000 or visit www. FordIdahoCenter.com.
The Ford Idaho Horse Park www.fordidahocenter.com Since the inaugural Idaho Cutting Horse Association’s 2002 Futurity, with over 400 horses and participants, The Ford Idaho Horse Park has blossomed into the Northwest’s leading horse facility. With over 110 acres, two covered riding arenas, six total competition arenas, and the ability to house 850 horses, folks have come from all over the country to make the Ford Idaho Horse Park their home for a few days or more than a week. The Horse Park has an economic impact on the community of over $20 million annually. For more information call (208) 468-1000 or email email@example.com.
to the freedoms we value today, and to show the relationship of our country and its citizens to those wars which so strongly impacted our nation and the world at large.” In addition to its large collection of war memorabilia and military aircraft, the Warhawk Air Museum hosts several community-centered programs such as the Kilroy Coffee Klatch and educational tours for local students. Currently over 3,000 students a year learn about American history and war veterans through the Warhawk Air Museum’s educational programs. The Warhawk Air museum is partnered with the Library of Congress in an ongoing project called the Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project collects stories from men and women from all branches of service with an emphasis on World War II and the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf wars. This project also documents the contributions of civilians such as war industry workers and medical volunteers who served in support of the armed forces. The Warhawk Air Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Warhawk Air Museum is closed on Mondays and all major holidays except for Memorial Day and Labor Day.
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The original Canyon County Historical Museum is located in the historic Oregon Short Line Depot on 1200 Front St. in downtown Nampa. The Oregon Short Line Depot opened in September of 1903. It served as Nampa’s train depot until the Union Paciﬁc depot on the north side of the tracks was completed in the latter part of 1925. After the Union Paciﬁc depot was built, the Oregon Short Line Depot building served as ofﬁces for the Union Paciﬁc. Eventually the Union Paciﬁc railroad donated the building to the Canyon County Historical Society. The Historical Society restored the depot and converted it into a museum, dedicating it July 3, 1976. The Nampa Train Depot Museum is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For information, call 467-7611. 15
The Ford Idaho Center, managed by Spectra Venue Management, is conveniently located off I-84 in Nampa Idaho. We are the premier Multi-Event Complex in the Pacific Northwest and our Horse Park is the Northwest’s leading horse facility.
Throughout the pandemic we have been consistently adjusting and working to keep events coming to the community, following the guidelines of local health district and government. Our goal is to bring everyone TOGETHER AGAIN safely, providing the space for the moments that matter to you! Despite this unprecedented time, we are grateful to have remained open and growing with Nampa. We look forward to celebrating in person with you for the 2021 season and beyond!
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community focal point and a place to gather and create lasting memories in Nampa centers around the Ford Idaho Center. Possibly one of the most renowned event complexes in Idaho, hosting over 100 events annually in Nampa. View the Treasure Valley from atop a grass-covered rise; it’s earned its keep as a staple in the state as a distinguished establishment that serves as a stage for world-famous entertainers. The amphitheater outside is capable of holding over 10,000 guests and has dominated the outdoor Idaho concert scene. Since its ﬁrst show back in 1998, the Ford Idaho Center amphitheater has repeatedly kept the summer concert experience alive with top entertainers like Bob Dylan, Shania Twain, James Taylor, Meghan Trainor, and so much more. It also features annual music festivals like the Jacksons Country Stomp-which takes place every June 15th, featuring a broad lineup of the best
rodeo clowns, the rodeo queen competition, and involved youth activities like mutton busting and the calf scramble. The Snake River Stampede Rodeo is an annual week-long event that occurs on the third week of July. Once the dust has settled and the stadium becomes vacant, the arena ﬂoor hosts various trade shows like gun shows, RV shows, boat shows, and so much more. Food and craft vendors set up tents across the arena ﬂoor for events and shoppers. The Ford Idaho Center can convert into a Monster Truck venue for a few days. It can later become a basketball stadium for boys’ and girls’ meet tournaments.
in country menus. The summer amphitheater concerts go from June to September every year. Inside the arena, you can ﬁnd a spectacle to see when live bands come through. It’s also home to one of the world’s ﬁnest rodeo events. The Snake River Stampede is one of the top 10 regular professional rodeos out of the approximately 800 in the coveted Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Fans travel from near and far to witness the athletes compete for the top spot in what is considered one of the most prominent rodeo competitions. Bronco riders aren’t the only reason the Snake River Stampede is celebrated among fans alike. Regularly hosting comedy skits with 2021 VISITORS’ GUIDE
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ampa is blessed with a climate that has four distinct seasons. There is something to do all Nampa Farmers Market year-round to suit anyone’s interests. For dates The Nampa Farmers Market begins the last Saturday in and times of annual events check the Nampa community April and runs through the last Saturday in October. The calendar at nampa.com. market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and averages 60 to 70 vendors per week. Local vendors offer a variety of produce, foods, crafts, plants and ﬂowers to patrons. The market is located in Historic Downtown Nampa in Lloyd Square Park between Front Street and First Street South and between 13th and 14th Avenue South. For your GPS, Gardening enter One 13th Ave South. With rich volcanic soil and readily available irrigation, Nampa is the perfect place for the backyard gardener. The Nampa Recreation Center offers several horticulture classes in the spring. From growing berries and grapes to pruning roses and fruit trees, NRC has classes for beginning gardeners and seasoned horticulture veterans. Several nurseries in and around Nampa also offer classes and advice to the backyard gardener. Local lawn, garden and pet store Zamzows offers regular workshops on lawn care/maintenance, seed starting, container gardening and several other seasonal topics.
Due to its mild climate, Nampa and the surrounding Treasure Valley is an excellent place for golﬁng nearly year-round. Consequently, the county is home to several golf courses, private and public. Centennial Golf Course is Nampa’s oldest municipal golf course. The course is comprised of 18 holes over 6,449 yards with a par of 72. Ridgecrest Golf Course is a championship course The Canyon County Spring Home Show comprised of 18 holes over 6,836 yards with a par of 72. The Canyon County Spring Home Show is held in Ridgecrest also maintains a 9-hole executive course over February every year at the Ford Idaho Center. 2,056 yards with a par of 32. The Spring Home Show includes over 150 displays with RedHawk Public Golf Course is an 18-hole professionals on hand to give tips and explain designs. championship course that overlooks Lake Lowell. The Additionally, the Canyon County Master Gardeners are course, which opened in July 2014, offers panoramic on-hand to offer gardening tips and advice. Admission is views of Lake Lowell and the Owyhee Mountains. It $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for children 12 and features a “Little” RedHawk teeing area, which is great younger. 22
for beginners or players looking to sharpen their iron play with holes varying from 75 to 200 yards.
SUMMER Lake Lowell & the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Lowell is a 14.5 square mile reservoir with 28 miles of shoreline within the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. Lake Lowell is located ﬁve miles southwest of Nampa. Motorized water sports, ﬁshing and wildlife viewing are major recreation activities at Lake Lowell. Lake Lowell is a great birding spot with over 200-recorded avian species. The reservoir is home to several ﬁsh species including rainbow trout, large and smallmouth bass, channel catﬁsh and crappie — to name a few. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge is open daily during daylight hours. There is no entrance fee to visit the refuge. Visitors can come to the refuge and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as birding, wildlife viewing, ﬁshing and hunting.
Wilson Ponds is a birding area within the city of Nampa, located off South Powerline Road and Locust Lane. Wilson Ponds is near the regional ofﬁce of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the IDFG ﬁsh hatchery. Summer nesting birds include Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Virginia Rail, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Belted Kingﬁsher, Marsh Wren and Yellow Warbler. 2021 VISITORS’ GUIDE
The God and Country Family Festival
The God and Country Family Festival is held the Wednesday before the Fourth of July annually and boasts the Treasure Valley’s largest ﬁreworks show. The festival is a free, nondenominational, family friendly event held at Nampa’s Ford Idaho Center. It includes musical entertainment from Christian bands, military appreciation, civic awards, food and fellowship.
Snake River Stampede
Recognized as one of the top rodeos in the nation, the Snake River Stampede features barrel racing, bull riding, roping and crowd favorite — mutton busting — as well as the famous Snake River Stampeders Night Light Drill Team. The Snake River Stampede takes place at the Ford Idaho the third week in July each year.
Sunnyslope Wine Trail Festival
Come join the fun of an awesome Idaho Wine experience! Wineries of the Sunnyslope Wine Trail will gather together for an evening ﬁlled with music, local artists and local craftsmen. Grab a bite to eat from local food vendors and sip on some wine from any of the participating wineries. This annual festival is the best opportunity to join the locals in Downtown Caldwell and experience signature Farm to Cork style!
Canyon County Christmas Show
The Nampa Dog Park is a fenced, six-acre park located at the intersection of Second Street South and East Amity Avenue near the Kings Road overpass. The park provides a safe place for people and their dogs to exercise and socialize. Within the park, dogs are allowed to go offleash in several play areas. Separate areas are available for large, small or older dogs. The Nampa Dog Park features large grassy areas, walking trails, a pond for swimming, drinking water for people and dogs, shade shelters, trees, benches and plenty of parking space.
Snake River Valley Wine Tour
The Snake River running through Canyon County creates a micro-climate that has demonstrated its suitability for grape growing, despite the higher elevation and arid landscape of the area. The Snake River provides irrigation water for otherwise dry lands and creates air currents from its ﬂowing water mass that help temper the extremes of winter and summer temperatures. Capitalizing on the viticultural designation, several local businesses offer guided tours and driving services through the area. However, if you can ﬁnd a designated driver, it is just as easy to tour the region without a paid guide. For a listing of local wineries, visit idahowinetours. com and sunnyslopewinetrail.com.
The Canyon County Christmas Show is a three-day weekend event held in the Ford Idaho Center every November the weekend before Thanksgiving. The Christmas Show features hundreds of vendors selling gift items, food and various other merchandise. In addition to local commercial and amateur vendors, Santa Claus is on-hand for photos and Christmas gift requests.
YEAR-ROUND Nampa Public Library
In March 2015 the city of Nampa opened its new 62,000-square-foot, three-ﬂoor library facility. The Nampa Public Library offers educational programs to patrons of all ages from basic computer classes to preschool story-times, Wellness Wednesdays, Teen Movie Nights, art classes and even small live animal presentations. The Nampa Public Library is located on 12th Avenue South and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday.
Snake River Canyon Scenic Byway
To truly take in the beautiful country that makes up canyon county, take a trip through its future and past. This 53-mile tour travels through historic farming towns and the up-and-coming wine country’s orchards. While taking the scenic byway, it is typical to see bald and golden eagles, deer, elk and numerous other wildlife.
Sunnyslope Wine Trail
Consisting of 15 different wineries, the Sunnyslope Wine Trail offers tastings and events throughout the year. There are events celebrating numerous holidays such as Wine and Chocolate Weekend over Valentine’s Day, Luck O’the Leprechaun Run for St. Patrick’s Day, Mom’s Weekend for Mother’s Day, the Be Thankful For Thanksgiving Weekend and more. For more information regarding times and dates, visit sunnyslopewinetrail.com.
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NAMPA FARMERS MARKET 1) For the best selection of produce come early. 2) Bring change and small bills. The market also accepts credit and debit cards, and EBT. 3) Ask the grower what’s new and how do they use their product (any recipes?). 4) Bring your own bags. Some vendors also recycle shopping bags. The Nampa Farmers Market is celebrating its 33rd season in 2021. Becoming an integral part of the community, and while the Nampa locals are the core of its bustling market, customers and treasure hunters come from all over the southwestern Idaho area to shop around.
5) You may want to bring a cooler on wheels to keep produce, meat and other perishables fresh until it gets home.
A variety of purveyors from farmers, crafters, food vendors, and bakers set up shop each Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 AM to 1 PM, selling their goods from the last Saturday in April through the last Saturday in October in Historic Downtown Nampa at Lloyd Square Park. The market has grown since it’s 1989 roots of only a few vendors and customers to an average of 60 to 70 vendors per week, booming with more customers every year that offer a large variety of produce, foods, crafts, plants and ﬂowers from local vendors. Shoppers that explore the length of the market (between Front and 1st Street South and between 13th and 14th Avenue South) will also see groups of fellow shoppers gathering around local musicians and entertainers that add to the celebratory ambience. The Nampa Farmers Market spotlights speciﬁc local bands every weekend to support local artists. During the market season, however, the area can get very busy and at times congested with a lot of people. The Nampa Farmers Market provides a shoppers survival guide for the best experience:
6) If you bring your canine friends please make sure they are leashed and under control by your side at all times. Your dog must be child and dog friendly and well behaved. Not everyone is a dog lover - be considerate. Keep your dog away from produce and other food products (This means both head and tail ends). Be prepared to always clean up after them.
7) The market is a great way to decompress and mingle with your neighbors! The overall mission of the Nampa Farmers Market is of course the experience, but also supporting local business. Businesses offering merchandise all over the board are eager to apply as vendors to get their products displayed amongst crowds of people. The Nampa Farmers Market makes this a simple process, allowing anyone to apply, by going online to their website and simply downloading the necessary paperwork to get started. The market even goes a step further for promoting local businesses by sharing photos and business information for all the vendors on their social media pages like Facebook. This makes it easy for shoppers to know who’s coming, what they’ll have and what to look forward to starting the end of April and continue to give informative updates until the end of October.
The smells, the sounds and the camaraderie are what make the Nampa Farmers Market such a celebrated event for both Idahoans and state-wide visitors. When compared to the rest of the Treasure Valley, the Nampa Farmers Market is special, as it brings a larger voice to the local business economy and the art scene than anywhere else.
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daho’s wine regions may be the best kept secret in the state; and Nampa is a gateway to one of the most beautiful and robust regions. Over a dozen wineries in Canyon County offer visitors and residents alike a taste of one of Idaho’s largest growing industries, having a nearly $210 billion economic impact in 2017, according to the Idaho Wine Commission. Nampa may not have actual wineries in the city, but most ﬁne dining establishments and restaurants in the area offer locally produced wine options. The state’s rich, volcanic soils, desert climate and successful irrigation
systems help produce wines with good structure, the Idaho Wine Commission states, and leading wines include Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Riesling (whites) and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah (reds).
If you want to make a tasting itinerary, more information about Treasure Valley wines — such as their ﬂavor proﬁles — and the local wineries that make them is available on the Idaho Wine Commission’s website. Also be sure to check for upcoming events. Nampa is close to wineries in Ada County and Caldwell and an entire day can be spent exploring the
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sights and wines of the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, a tour of 16 wineries in the Snake River Valley region. The wine trail is in the Snake River Valley, which is the largest American Viticulture Area in the state, having 1,125 acres of wine grapes planted, according to the Idaho Wine Commission. The state is reported to have approximately 1,300 acres planted, producing an average of 160,000 cases of wine annually. Turn to the next page for nearby wineries and how you can visit them.
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ampa has 27 parks, from the smallest park — Horse Mural Park, that features one bench adjacent to the mural — to the 44+ acre Lakeview Park peppered with historic attractions. Picnic, toss a frisbee, relax by the water … each park offers many amenities and opportunities.
Trying to decide where to go? Horse Mural Park is a “pocket park” in downtown Nampa that is ideal for sitting and enjoying coffee or lunch in the sun or the shade. Take in views of the large running horses mural and local shops. Lakeview Park touts over 44 acres that offers a bike trail, rose garden, duck pond, “story trail pathway” and more. The park is possibly Nampa’s oldest park and is a “picturesque, landmark park,” certainly one not to miss. Lions Park was established by The Lions Club of Nampa in 1952 “with the goal of serving the youth in Nampa,” Nampa Parks and Recreation Department states on the website. The park often hosts athletic activities and is a family friendly gathering place. Something unique: Lions Park also offers a swimming pool with a diving board and spray toys. Lloyd Square Park hosts the seasonal Farmers Market (more information on page 22) and is a lush, green space between Nampa’s retail opportunities and historical points like the train depot. It is a few blocks away from Horse Mural Park. Nampa Rec Center Park offers outdoor recreation opportunities to the public; no membership to the rec center is required. See page 32 for more information.
Optimist Park is noteworthy for hosting Silver Screen on the Green movie nights that are free and fun for the whole family. The park was developed in partnership with the Nampa Optimist Football Organization. West Park is described as a community focal point and hosts walking pathways, a sand volleyball court, “passive and active areas,” a 9-hole disc golf course, horse pits and more. Wilson Creek Park is a smaller park, described as a neighborhood park, but bird enthusiasts will ﬁnd considerable activity there and an opportunity to walk the nature trails. Among Nampa’s parks is the city’s off-leash dog park at Amity Road, a luxurious romping ground for big and small pooches alike (and their owners if they’re up for it). See page 16 for more details. For golﬁng, check out page 14. These parks are maintained and cultivated by the dedicated team members of Nampa’s Parks and Rec department. Nampa also hosts a man-made picturesque lake (Lake Lowell) that’s popular for boating, ﬁshing, swimming and other activities on or in the water. Nearby is a wildlife preserve (Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge) that frequently hosts visible nesting bald eagles and other birds of prey. See page 15 for more details. Idaho is renowned for its outdoor activities and public lands; visitors and residents are welcome to picnic, leisurely walk or hike on the acreage of the area’s public lands. Visit blm.gov/idaho for more information. Information was obtained from nampaparksandrecreation.org
THE BEGINNING The concept of a community recreation center to serve the residents of Nampa began in the early 1990s. At the time, the existing Nampa Senior Center was crowded and had accessibility issues. Nampa teens lacked a place to gather in the community. Most recreation opportunities for children were limited to the summer season, and Nampa residents in general needed a healthy, familycentered place to exercise. The local community wanted a large facility that would meet their community recreational, educational and ﬁtness needs while Nampa city leaders envisioned a facility that would inspire pride in the Nampa community and act as a focal point of the city. This concept, however, presented a lot of challenges for a city of Nampa’s size. Mercy Medical Center (now Saint Alphonsus Medical Center) donated a 13-acre building site for the facility. After the land was secured, the city began the process of funding the project. Several local businesses made large donations to begin construction on the facility. By the time the building was completed, over 13,000 people had purchased memberships. With the use of donated property, cable television franchise revenue and revenue from Nampa’s municipal golf course, the city was able to build and continues to maintain the Nampa Recreation Center without raising property taxes.
fees support 100 percent of NRC’s operation costs. In addition to the Certiﬁcates of Participation, donated land, membership fees, program fees and cash donations, a franchise fee of 2 percent was added to TCI Cable Television. The revenues from those franchise fees were pledged to NRC until 2003. Since that time city leaders from communities in Idaho, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada have traveled to the Nampa area to tour the Nampa Recreation Center Facility.
THE FUTURE The Nampa Rec Center provides opportunities for all ages to engage in healthy activities. By providing classes and programs that encourage a healthy lifestyle, the Rec Center strives to be responsive to our community’s needs and focuses on helping create a healthy community. The NRC works to make the facility accessible to everyone in the community, so the NRC has established a scholarship program for individuals, families and seniors to apply and gain access to the facility for reduced or free memberships.
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he Nampa Recreation Center is a 140,000-squarefoot recreation facility owned and operated by the city of Nampa. The facility is equipped with a six-pool aquatics center, three gymnasiums, four racquetball courts, a 1/5 mile indoor walking/running track, a weight room, exercise and cardio equipment, climbing wall, several group exercise studios, gymnastics area, classroom facilities, a snack area, youth activity center and play center. In addition, NRC has a preschool program and Kids In Action day camp. To support the senior community, NRC has a dedicated wing to house the Nampa Senior Center.
NRC will continue to operate as a focal point for a healthy Nampa community in years to come. The NRC offers monthly injury screens and Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services physical therapy. In addition, NRC works to create events where the community can come together, such as the annual Daddy Daughter Date night. As stated in NRC’s mission, the center is committed to playing an active role in creating a healthy community and will continue to be responsive to the needs of Nampa residents. For information on the programs and classes offered through the Nampa Recreation Center, visit www. nampaparksandrecreation.org/RecCenter.
NRC’s ﬁnancial plan included issuing Certiﬁcates of Participation. Investors purchased these Certiﬁcates of Participation which acted as a $6.5 million loan toward the building cost, equipment, maintenance and operation of the facility. The balance of this debt was paid in full in November 2003. Today, membership sales and program 2021 VISITORS’ GUIDE
he people of Nampa make a continuous effort to support the youth in the community. With organizations such as the Nampa Recreation Center, the Boys & Girls Club, the Caldwell Y and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, Canyon County youth can always ﬁnd something healthy and productive to do.
Boys & Girls Club of Nampa www.BGCNampa.org The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Nampa is to “enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” The Boys & Girls Club accomplishes this by offering a safe and supervised after school environment Monday through Friday to children from 6 years old to 18 years old. The membership fee is $20 per child per year. The club is located on 316 Stampede Drive and offers age appropriate programs for members 6 to 12 years old that include homework help, billiards, board games, art activities, sports and social interaction. The Boys & Girls Club of Nampa Teen Center is a drop-in program for members that are 13 to 18 years old (seventh to 12th grade). The teen members are supervised in the facility on terms of safety and citizenship. Busing is available to the Boys & Girls Club from all of the Nampa public schools.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho www.bbbsidaho.org Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported network. Big Brothers Big Sisters make monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18. Their mission is to “provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” Big Brothers Big Sisters core programs are: • Community-Based Mentoring • School-Based Mentoring • Site-Based Mentoring To be a “Big,” volunteers must go through an extensive background check and interview process. The Bigs and Littles matches are based on location, personalities and preferences. To donate funds, volunteer to be a Big or to register a child as a Little go to www.bbbsidaho.org.
Idaho Youth Ranch www.YouthRanch.org Idaho Youth Ranch is a non-governmental, nonproﬁt organization that offers emergency shelter, residential care, substance abuse treatment, job readiness training, alternative education, adoption services and family counseling for at-risk youth and their families. To fund the organization, the Idaho Youth Ranch operates over 29 thrift stores in Idaho. Nampa’s Idaho Youth Ranch thrift store is located on 1031 Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard. The Rev. James Crowe and his wife Ruby Carey Crowe began a ranch for boys in the desert outside of Rupert in the 1950s to provide an alternative for at-risk boys to live, work and get an education. Since that time the Idaho Youth Ranch has expanded its services to include at-risk boys, girls and their families. No child is turned away because of the family’s inability to pay for services. 2021 VISITORS’ GUIDE
YOUTH SPORTS Nampa Babe Ruth Nampa Babe Ruth offers baseball to youth ages 5 to 19 years old and softball to girls 8 to 16 years old. Tryouts are in February of every year with All Star tryouts scheduled in May. Nampa Babe Ruth offers a winter baseball camp annually in December through Northwest Nazarene University.
Nampa Valley Little League www.NampaValleyLittleLeague.com Nampa Valley Little League offers baseball for youth ages 5 to 14 and girls softball ages 7 to 16. Nampa Valley Little League registration is in February of every year.
Nampa K.I.D. Soccer NampaKidSoccer.com Nampa Kids In Development Soccer is a nonproﬁt organization run by volunteers to provide children with a safe, friendly and non-competitive environment to learn sportsmanship, teamwork and to develop a sense of fair play. Nampa K.I.D. Soccer spring registration runs from October to February.
Canyon Optimist Soccer - Inferno & Crossﬁre www.canyonoptimistsoccer.com/ Canyon Optimist Soccer Club was established to provide the area’s youth the opportunity to learn and enjoy the sport of soccer. Our recreational and competitive programs emphasize the health and welfare of our youth. We promote the development of soccer skills, understanding of the game, and the enjoyment that comes from playing the world’s most popular sport — soccer.
Nampa Optimist Football & Nampa Optimist Cheerleading www.NampaOptimist.org Nampa Optimist Youth Football and Cheerleading are sponsored by the nonproﬁt Nampa Optimist Club. Youth are assigned to Optimist football teams by age, weight and school (or location). There are no tryouts to be on the Optimist Football Team. The only requirement is to be between the ages of 7 and 12. All children who sign up are guaranteed to play during each half of each game. All children who sign up for Nampa Optimist Cheerleading cheer at every game. Registration is in April annually.
Nampa Police Activities League (PAL) www.NampaPAL.org Nampa PAL implements a variety of activities at the local level to engage local youth in positive, wholesome and character building activities in well-supervised and safe settings. Nampa PAL offers youth football, outdoor programs, weight training and more. Registration for Nampa PAL football is from April to Aug. 1 annually.
Nampa Swim Team www.NSTSharks.com The Nampa Swim Team is a competitive, year-round swimming program geared toward teaching the sport of swimming to the youth of the Treasure Valley. Swim team participants range in age from 7 to 18 years old. Team tryouts are at the Nampa Recreation Center lap pool on the ﬁrst and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.
n the last several years, the cities of Caldwell and Nampa have seen tremendous growth in both postsecondary education options and in K-12 education. School choice is a major issue in the state of Idaho. Many Idaho families choose between public schools, private schools, homeschooling and public charter schools. Nampa and Caldwell provide a rich selection of choice in K-12 education to include charter schools, private schools and virtual or homeschooling options.
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Nampa School District No. 131 nsd131.org The Nampa School District serves more than 14,000 pre-K through 12th grade students. The district offers personalized learning through 14 elementary schools, four middle schools, three traditional high schools, and two innovation high schools. NSD offers the most comprehensive Career and Technical Education program in the state, with 28 pathways ranging from agriculture, business and tech to engineering, health professions and culinary arts. The district also leads the state in the number of college credits earned through the Fast Forward program. Nampa students regularly represent the district at regional, state and national competitions, including dance, cheer, marching band, debate, FFA, BPA, football, wrestling and more. And the district’s open enrollment policy makes these programs available to students throughout the valley.
Vallivue School District No. 139 www.vallivue.org Every day, almost 8,300 students, from prekindergarten through 12th grade, walk through the front doors of Vallivue’s six elementaries (soon to be seven), two middle, one alternative middle, one alternative high school, two traditional high schools, as well as the district’s online school, to journey on their educational path toward college or career. In doing so, they are exposed to a multitude of educational opportunities made available through the support of the taxpayers of the Vallivue School District. Since its beginning in 1961, Vallivue has enjoyed extraordinary support from its patrons. Consequently, Vallivue schools are among the very best in the state, winning state and national recognition.
Elementary Schools in NSD Centennial Elementary – 522 Mason Lane, 208-468-4627 Central Elementary – 1415 Fifth St., 208-468-4611 Endeavor Elementary – 2824 E. Victory Road, 208-4684629 Franklin D. Roosevelt Elementary – 1901 W. Roosevelt Ave., 208-468-4620
Greenhurst Elementary – 1701 Discovery Place, 208468-4612 Iowa Elementary – 626 W. Iowa Ave., 208-468-4621 Lake Ridge Elementary – 615 Burke Lane, 208-468-4626 New Horizons Dual Language School – 5226 Southside Blvd., 208-468-4623 Nampa Online Virtual Academy - NOVA – 3313 Parkridge Drive, 208-468-2808 Owyhee Elementary – 2300 W. Iowa Ave., 208-468-4616 Park Ridge Elementary – 3313 Parkridge Drive, 208-4684622 Ronald Reagan Elementary – 3400 Southside Blvd., 208468-4619 Sherman Elementary – 1521 E. Sherman Ave., 208-4684628 Snake River Elementary – 500 Stampede Drive, 208-4684614 Willow Creek Elementary – 198 N. Elementary Lane, 208-468-4617
Middle Schools in NSD East Valley Middle School – 4085 E. Greenhurst Road, 208-468-4760 Lone Star Middle School – 11055 Lone Star Road, 208468-4745
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Nampa Online Virtual Academy — NOVA – 3313 Parkridge Drive, 208-468-2808 South Middle School – 229 W. Greenhurst Road, 208468-4740 Treasure Valley Leadership Academy- 3313 Park Ridge Dr., 208-498-0568 Union School- 506 Fletcher Dr., 208-498-0559 West Middle School – 28 S. Midland Blvd., 208-468-4750
High Schools in NSD Columbia High School – 301 S. Happy Valley Road, 208498-0571 Nampa High School – 203 Lake Lowell Ave., 208-4980551 Nampa Online Virtual Academy - NOVA – 3313 Parkridge Drive, 208-468-2808 Skyview High School – 1303 E. Greenhurst Road, 208498-0561 Treasure Valley Leadership Academy (Grades 6, 8-12)– 3313 Parkridge Drive, 208-498-0568 Union School (Grades 6-12) – 506 Fletcher Drive, 208498-0559
Idaho Arts Charter School (Grades 1-12) – 1220 Fifth St. N., 208-463-4324 Gem Prep Charter School (Grades K-8) - 310 W. Iowa Ave., 208-205-9800 Legacy Charter School (Grades K-8)- 4015 S. Legacy Way, 208-467-0947 Liberty Charter School – 9955 Kris Jensen Lane, 208466-7952 Pathways in Education Charter School (Grades 9-12) 124 Holly St., 208-505-4800 Victory Charter School – 9779 Kris Jensen Lane, 208442-9400
Public Charter Schools Another Choice Virtual Charter School (Grades K-12) – 1014 W. Hemingway Blvd. 209-475-4255
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Elementary Schools in VSD
Boise Girls Academy (high school grades boarding school) – 208-546-0832 St. Paul’s Catholic School (all grades) – 208-467-3601 Zion Lutheran School, (pre-k and elementary grades) – 208- 466-9141 Nampa Christian Schools (Grades K-12) – www.NampaChristianSchools.com - 208-466-8451 Since 1959 we, through a Christ-centered partnership with families and Churches, exist to glorify God with our HEART , HEAD, and HANDS. Nampa Christian Schools vision is to provide a high quality education with the Gospel and a Biblical Worldview as its foundation. Our purpose is to equip, shape and disciple students’ HEARTS, HEADS, and HANDS in the truth and authority of Scripture, striving for excellence to glorify God in all areas of learning and life. Nampa Christian students consistently score above state and national averages on annual standardized testing and college entrance exams with 98% of NCHS students entering a college program after graduation. Our Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and High Schools serve students from age six weeks through the 12th grade.
Birch Elementary – 6900 Birch Lane, 208-453-4544 Desert Springs Elementary – 18178 Santa Ana Ave., 208453-4520 East Canyon Elementary – 18408 Northside Blvd., 208-453-4512Lakevue Elementary – 12843 Cirrus Dr., 208-453-4536
Middle Schools in VSD
Sage Valley Middle School – 18070 Santa Ana Ave., 208-453-4550
High Schools in VSD Ridgevue High School – 18800 Madison Rd.., 208-4534480
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Boise State University, boisestate.edu Boise State University is a public, metropolitan research university. BSU offers 23 graduate certiﬁcates, four associate degrees, 84 baccalaureate degrees, 76 master’s degrees and nine doctoral degrees. BSU’s primary campus covers 175 acres and includes more than 170 buildings. In less than a decade, BSU has more than doubled out-of-state student enrollment and saw a rise in the number of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees awarded each year by 52 percent. BSU’s main campus is located along the south bank of the Boise River directly across from Julia Davis Park and Downtown Boise. In addition to BSU’s traditional courses, several online courses and online degree programs are offered.
Nampa Christian Schools, through a Christ-centered partnership with families and Churches, exists to glorify God with our HEART, HEAD, and HANDS. Preschool & Elementary School 505 W. Orchard Ave. Nampa, ID 83651 Middle School & High School 11920 W. Flamingo Ave. Nampa, ID 83651
Northwest Nazarene University, nnu.edu Northwest Nazarene University, a nonproﬁt comprehensive Christian university of the liberal arts, offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in seven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students and a variety of continuing education credits. NNU’s 88-acre campus EXPLORE NAMPA
is located in south Nampa, off of Highway 45. The school was established in 1913 as Idaho Holiness School. In 1916, the school was renamed to Northwest Nazarene College and, in 1917, became a liberal arts college with degree granting authority from the Idaho State Board of Education. In 1999, Northwest Nazarene College was renamed to Northwest Nazarene University.
College of Western Idaho, cwidaho.cc The College of Western Idaho is a comprehensive public community college providing higher education programs to residents of western Idaho. CWI offers a broad range of academic and professional-technical courses leading to an Associate of Arts or Science degree, transfer degrees, professional-technical degrees, continuing education and certiﬁcates. In addition to its degree programs, CWI offers basic academic skills to help prepare for a GED, dual credit for high school students and fast-track career training for working professionals. CWI has campus locations throughout the Treasure Valley but the main campus is located off the Interstate 84 Idaho Center exit in Nampa.
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PLACES TO STAY
Nampa Inn & Suites 617 Northside Blvd.
Best Western Plus Peppertree 205 3rd St. S. (208) 495-5291
Rodeway Inn & Suites 130 Shannon Dr. (208) 442-0800
Fairﬁeld Inn & Suites by Marriott
16150 N Merchant Way
1410 Shilo Dr.
Hampton Inn & Suites
5750 E. Franklin Rd.
1315 Industrial Rd.
Holiday Inn Nampa
Super 8 by Wyndham Nampa
16245 N. Merchant Way
624 Northside Blvd.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites 4104 E. Flamingo Ave. (208) 466-4045
Bed & Breakfast Perfect Moments B&B 1321 Lake Lowell Ave. #8101 (208) 461-7071
Home2 Suites by Hilton 5860 E. Franklin Rd. (208) 468-4866
Trinity Ranch Idaho 14950 Brass Spur Ln. (208) 859-9834
PLAN YOUR EVENT
Boulevard Event Center 2121 Caldwell Blvd. (208) 954-5045 Belle Event Center 120 13th Ave. S. (208) 461-3377
Our venue is the perfect space for large banquets with dramatic settings or smaller more casual surroundings for business meetings. Our unique moveable walls allow event space to be configured in a variety of ways to meet the specialized requirements of any event.
We offer catering services that meet your needs as well as multi-media services including dual projection, portable sound systems and more.
Nampa Civic Center 311 3rd St. S. (208) 468-5500 The Dille Center 115 14th Ave. S. (208) 546-9012 Deer Flat Ranch 103 W. Locust Lane (208) 467-9278
Book your event today NAMPA CIVIC CENTER 311 3rd Street South Nampa, ID 83651
Marist Hall at St. Paul’s Catholic Church 500 W. Roosevelt Ave. (208) 466-7031 Still Water Hollow 18120 Dean Ln. (208) 914-0757 Fireﬂy Ranch 3614 E. Amity Ave. (208) 440-8323 Ford Idaho Center 16114 N. Idaho Center Blvd. (208) 468-1000 Mint Barrel Barn- Event Center 9107 W. McMillan Rd. (208) 870-0595
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The White Barn at Happy Valley 401 S. Happy Valley Rd. (208) 901-7794 The Vintage Rose 14095 Nana Lane (208) 565-6655 Sunﬂower Lane 7478 La Pine Rd. (208) 250-0374
For More Information or help planning your event contact Jill Cryder Markeitng Director Nampa Chamber of Commerce firstname.lastname@example.org
Shadow Hills 112 13th Ave. S. (208) 573-0199
HEALTH SERVICES Saint Alphonsus Medical Group
Saint Alphonsus Medical Group operates a 152bed acute care, nonproﬁt hospital and Emergency Department on 12th Avenue and a second medical center with an Emergency Department on East Flamingo Avenue off of Interstate 84 and Garrity Boulevard in Nampa.
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa 12th Avenue Main Number: 208-463-5000 Emergency Department: 208-463-5100 Medical Records: 208-463-5760 Patient/Visitor Information: 208-463-5000 Volunteer Services: 208-463-5840
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – East Flamingo Avenue Main Number: 208-463-5000 Emergency Department: 208-288-4529 Medical Records: 208-463-5760 Patient/Visitor Information: 208-463-5000 Volunteer Services: 208-463-5840
St. Luke’s Nampa Medical Plaza This bright and spacious facility brings a convenient and fully equipped 15-bed emergency department to Canyon County. The medical plaza is also home to screening mammography, lab services, medical imaging, occupational health, and physician clinics. Our Nampa emergency department is here for you 24/7 with physicians and nurses certiﬁed in trauma, emergency pediatrics, and advanced cardiac life support. Located at 9850 W. St. Luke’s Dr. Located at 9850 W. St. Luke’s Dr. Main Number: 208-505-2000 Family Medicine: 208-463-7300 Psychiatric Wellness Services: 208-706-6375 Occupational Health: 208-505-2712 Orthopedics: 208-706-2663 Breast Cancer Detection Center: 208-706-2055 Humphrey’s Diabetes Center: 208-463-7364 Imaging: 208-505-2000 Lab Services: 208-381-8829 44
Southwest District Health swdh.org Southwest District Health is a government-run public health facility. Southwest District Health’s mission is “to prevent disease, disability and premature death; to promote healthy lifestyles and protect and promote the health of people and their environment in Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette and Washington counties.” Southwest District Health in Canyon County is located at 13307 Miami Lane in Caldwell. Southwest District Health – Canyon County Southwest District Health in Canyon County is located at 13307 Miami Lane in Caldwell. Environmental Health: 208-455-5400 Family Health Services: 208-455-5345 Nutrition & Health Promotion: 208-455-5343 General Support Services: 208-455-5300
Terry Reilly Health Service TRHS.org Terry Reilly Health Service is a nonproﬁt community health center that provides affordable, comprehensive health care to all members of the community to improve the community’s health and quality of life. In the early 1970s, Terry Reilly founded TRHS in Nampa as part of his Conscientious Objector alternative service by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise to help provide services to the farmworker community. At that time Nampa was a small, agricultural community with a large migrant and seasonal farmworker population. Seasonal farmworkers lived in labor camps located throughout Canyon and Owyhee counties. Many of the farmworkers lived in substandard conditions and had limited access to health care and other social services. Reilly worked out of a large renovated house researching the needs of the migrant community. He named the house “Gente House” (House EXPLORE NAMPA
of the People), and it quickly became a neighborhood center for the children and included a tutoring program that Reilly created. He noticed many of the children had chronic conditions such as ear infections that were not being addressed. Reilly convinced a local pediatrician, Dr. Clarence McIntyre, to volunteer his service and also gather medicinal samples from Nampa pharmacies. On May 1, 1971, Reilly and McIntyre opened a clinic in the back of Gente House. Today TRHS operates medical/ behavioral health clinics, dental clinics and specialty behavioral health clinics Ada, Canyon and Owyhee counties. TRHS became the ﬁrst Community Health Clinic in the state of Idaho to achieve Joint Commission Accreditation that includes certiﬁcation as a Patient Care Medical Home. To serve the continued need in the community, services are being expanded in Canyon County. Services are available in Nampa, Caldwell, Marsing, Middleton and Melba. Contact the Terry Reilly administrative ofﬁce at (208) 467-4431.
structure houses the following service lines: cardiology, emergency care, ENT, general surgery, spine, orthopedics, pediatrics, mental health, radiology/imaging, urology and women’s services. It has a 13-bed intensive care unit. West Valley has been named among the nation’s top 100 hospitals by Truven Health Analytics for three consecutive years (2014-2016). It was the only hospital in Idaho to achieve designation among the 100 best places to work in healthcare 2015 by Modern Healthcare. This annual award recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry nationwide that empower employees to perform at their optimum level. To contact West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, call the 24-hour main switchboard at (208) 459-4641.
West Valley Medical Center westvalleymedctr.com
West Valley Medical Center is one of the leading hospital facilities and employers in the state of Idaho. This 150-bed facility is nationally accredited and has been part of the Hospital Corporation of America family since 1975. The medical center meets standards by focusing on the needs and comfort of our patients, upgrading technology and offering advanced procedures in Canyon County. The facility features 200 physicians on medical staff and more than 800 employees and volunteers. The center has more than 44,000 outpatient visits per year and more than 35,000 emergency room visits per year. More than 3,600 surgeries are performed annually. The three-story
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Saltzer Health is a Canyon County staple offering individual, family and urgent care at two Nampa locations. Appointments are not required to receive any kind of care seven days a week. Medical specialities include, and are not limited to, family practice preventive services, behavioral health, gastroenterology, general surgery, midwifery, nephrology (kidney health), internal medicine, pediatrics, rheumatology and sleep medicine. Urgent care is available for anything from cold symptoms and burns to cuts and on-site x-rays. Nampa medical care and urgent care locations are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day at 215 E. Hawaii Ave. (208-4633309) and 9850 W. St. Luke’s Drive (208-288-4930).
Nursing Home Care and Home Health Care
Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation www.NampaCareCenter.com, www.caldwellcare.com
Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation is located on 404 N. Horton St. in Nampa and at 210 Cleveland Boulevard in Caldwell. Kindred offers inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, home hospice care, assisted living, transitional care and skilled nursing centers.
Sunny Ridge www.GenesisHCC.com/SunnyRidge Sunny Ridge is a 171-bed continuum of care facility offering assisted living and retirement services located at 2609 Sunnybrook Drive. Sunny Ridge has served the Nampa community for 33 years and maintains a 5-Star rating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
West Caldwell Care Center www.westcaldwellcare.com The center offers a range of care for residents in one convenient, comfortable and elegant setting. West Caldwell Care Center has provided world class subacute, long term care and respite services for over 30 years. The center is a modern nursing facility with 180 beds, providing medical, nursing and rehabilitative care. The small nursing units provide individual attention as well as a wide selection of private or shared rooms. Health monitoring, social involvement, cultural activities and transportation are provided.
Park Place Assisted Living Community www.ParkPlaceNampa.com Park Place Assisted Living is family owned and operated care facility located at 616 16th Ave. N. Park Place offers apartment-style living for their residents. Amenities include a full-service dining room, housekeeping services, linen and laundry service, assistance with daily living tasks such as bathing and dressing, transportation service, programmed activities and medication management.
improving the quality of life for their patients through orthopedic, neurological, cardiac, pulmonary and wound care services as well as interventions for other medically complex diagnoses.
Karcher Estates www.KarcherEstates.com Karcher Estates is a retirement and assisted living facility located on 1127 Caldwell Boulevard. Karcher Estates provides apartment-style living with on-site housekeeping, dining facility and complimentary shuttle services to and from residents’ scheduled doctor appointments. Karcher Estates also offers assistance with daily living tasks such as bathing, dressing and medication management.
Sunbridge Retirement and Rehab for Nampa
Sunbridge is a 46-bed nursing home located on 2609 Sunnybrook Drive. The Medicare rating for Sunbridge is 5-stars. They offer short-term care, rehabilitation, a continued care community and nursing home care.
Home Health Care
Assisting Hands Home Care: 208-442-8588 A Tender Heart Home Care: 208-442-2978 Assisting Hands Home Care: 208-466-0288 Encompass Home Health and Hospice: 208-461-1600 Guardian Home Care and Hospice: 208-353-6050 MedNow: 208-463-5355 Treasure Valley Hospice: 208-830-5444
Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Holly www.covenantdove.com Trinity Mission Health and Rehab of Holly is a skilled nursing facility located at 2105 12th Ave. Road. It offers nursing and rehabilitation services for short stay recovery as well as ongoing supportive services for individuals requiring long-term care. Trinity Mission’s focus is on
TRANSPORTATION Boise Airport iﬂyboise.com The Boise Airport is about 20 miles north of Nampa via I-84. It is served by Alaska, Allegiant, Delta, Southwest, United and U.S. Airways. Nonstop service is provided from the Boise Airport to many U.S. cities including Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Spokane. Nonstop services are also provided to the Idaho cities of Lewiston and McCall/Salmon.
The Highway System
The major highway systems that connect Canyon County to the region are Interstate 84 and U.S. Highway 95. I-84 and U.S. 95 connect the Treasure Valley to Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Spokane and Seattle. Locally, I-84 provides a freeway connection between Ontario, Oregon, Caldwell, Nampa, Meridian and Boise – all the major cities within the Boise-Nampa Metropolitan Area
Valley Regional Transit, Valleyride public bus service valleyride.org Valley Regional Transit operates a bus service called ValleyRide. Through ValleyRide, bus service is provided within most of the Nampa and Caldwell city limits and between the two cities. Single-ride and one-day passes can passes can be 2021 VISITORS’ GUIDE
purchased on the buses. Route #42 offers all-day service between Nampa and Boise. For more information visit valleyregionaltransit.org/ how-to-ride/. To plan ahead use the trip planner or call 208-345-7433.
Commuteride commuteride.com For over 30 years Commuteride Vanpools have been helping commuters get to and from work. Many employers in the Treasure Valley offer preferential vanpool parking and other incentives to encourage employees to share the ride. Commuteride also provides the “Guaranteed Ride Home” program. “Guaranteed Ride Home” provides reimbursement for carpoolers, vanpoolers, bus riders, walkers and bicyclists for a taxi ride home. Rides are available in the case of an emergency or an unscheduled overtime situation for pre-registered participants who arrived at work using one of the commute alternatives listed above.
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We’ve Grown to Better Serve You St. Luke’s Cancer Institute recently opened a new Nampa location at 9951 W. St. Luke’s Drive. Our new facility is more than double in size and includes St. Luke’s first integrated cancer physical therapy suite. And by employing the latest in cancer-treating technology, we can treat more types of cancers with greater precision and in a much shorter time for patients. Because the well-being of our patients is at the heart of everything we do.