The North End Neighborhood Association (NENA) fully supports the current display of Pride flags on Harrison Blvd. during Boise Pride Week (June 9-18, 2017). The NENA board recently approved a proclamation proclaiming the North End to be a welcoming neighborhood where all individuals will be accepted regardless of age, gender, race, nationality or sexual orientation.
In 2001, NENA first initiated the flag project for the light poles on Harrison Blvd. NENA purchased U.S. and state flags and funded the flag mounts for the poles. The funding project came with a license agreement with ACHD allowing the U.S. and state flags to be displayed during certain state and national holidays. Generally, these holidays include Memorial Day and Independence Day. The display of flags on Harrison Blvd. is driven solely by the volunteer efforts of our North End neighbors. If no volunteers are available, the flags are not displayed.
The light poles on Harrison Blvd. are owned by the City of Boise and maintained by Boise City Public Works. ACHD holds the right of way and jurisdiction on what gets placed on the right of way.
The North End Neighborhood Association was enthusiastic about lending its support to the rainbow flag display in celebration of Pride Week and as another symbol of our inclusive neighborhood. We are grateful to Boise’s Pride organizers who contacted NENA, the City of Boise, and ACHD to obtain permission to use the flag mounts and whose volunteers took the time to install all 60 flags. As we know, it’s a huge effort, and the results are beautiful! The American flags will, as usual, fly again on Independence Day.