The Street Fair is CANCELLED – The Posters, Shirts and Music are NOT!

Remember the Fair that wasn’t there!  Any mask will look better with a 2020 HPSF t-shirt. Details for purchasing shirts and posters coming soon. Proceeds from t-shirts, posters and a virtual concert tip jar will help NENA continue to support neighborhood programs.

Check out the newly released video of the SMF-Steve Fulton Music headlining performance from our 40th Anniversary last year. Click here for Steve Fulton Music Virtual Concert

Please add to our Virtual Tip Jar to support NENA’s neighborhood programs.

Hyde Park Street Fair has been an annual tradition since it was born in 1979 on the streets of Hyde Park, under the shade of century-old trees in Boise’s Historic North End. Last summer, the Fair celebrated 40 years of fun, food, unique vendors, and incredible performances by some of Boise’s most talented artists and performers.

100% of proceeds from the Fair fund the non-profit North End Neighborhood Association (NENA), in support of neighborhood programs, which this year have expanded to include nearly $20,000 in donations toward COVID-19 related relief programs in Boise. 95% of NENA’s budget comes from the Fair, and without it, your support is needed more than ever.

Please consider making a donation of any size (maybe the price of a beer or three you’d usually buy while enjoying a performance on the main stage?). NENA thanks you, and we will see you in 2021!

Click Here to Donate – Thank You!!

Join Us in Celebrating 100 Years of Elm Grove Park!

What does Elm Grove Park mean to you? Share your story & win!

Whether you grew up playing in the park 70 years ago or you practiced Tai Chi there yesterday, we want to hear how Elm Grove Park has been a part of your North End experience. Submit your story using this form. All contributors will be entered to win an original print by artist Wendy Blickenstaff. Thank you! 

What’s your Elm Grove Park story?

NOTE: By submitting your story here, you give NENA your permission to use your story online and in printed materials. Thank you!

Elm Grove Park History

Developed by WE Pierce & Co. in 1915, the shady tract of land on Irene Street, between 22nd and 24th Streets, was bisected by an irrigation flume running open through the park. The water was eventually covered by a paved path now used for walking, cycling, skateboarding, and crossing the neighborhood. The park also includes a playground, swings, picnic tables, tennis courts, basketball hoops, and a baseball backstop.

The Elm Grove Park neighborhood has evolved over time from ranch land to a suburban neighborhood, with many notable Boiseans involved in its growth.  

In 1876, George D. Ellis – a pioneer freighter, rancher, and banker – bought 300 acres outside the boundary of Boise and established a farm called “Centennial Ranch.” George and his wife, Telitha, lived on the large ranch where they boarded horses and grew hay and oats.

By the turn of the 20th century, the city of Boise was growing away from the downtown core and expanding north and west. Ellis sold 155 acres of his prime ranch land in 1906 to WE Pierce & Co. for $125,000.

The area was transitioning from a farm to a type of neighborhood known as “streetcar suburbs” built near new trolley lines. Sidewalks, easy access to the trolley, and lines of mature trees made this part of Boise desirable to home buyers. 

One of the other amenities in the neighborhood was the new Elm Grove Park. WE Pierce & Co. installed toilets, swings, benches, and a fence. On July 5, 1915,  the Women’s Relief Corps of the G.A.R formally opened the park with a celebratory picnic.

It would be another five years before the park was sold to the city, in 1920. The shady piece of land quickly became a gathering spot for children, social clubs, and neighborhood residents. A century later, it remains a neighborhood treasure.

By Barbara Perry Bauer, TAG Historical Research

North End News: Election Edition

The new issue of the North End New is on its way to your doorstep! It includes information about candidates for Boise mayor & city council. Read up, and then vote! Early voting began Oct. 21, and Election Day is Nov. 5.

Lots of other great neighborhood news inside, as well. If you can’t wait for our volunteers to deliver your newsletter, you can read the fall issue of North End News online right away!

Please note: Due to an editorial error, City Council candidate Tecle Gebremichael was inadvertently excluded in the original version. His information has been added and can be found on the last page of the digital newsletter, or on a single-page insert inside paper copies. 

Holiday House Tour

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019


We are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual North End Holiday Home Tour! Neighbors and visitors will enjoy a self-guided stroll through some of the North End’s unique homes  decked out in their holiday best!

The tour will include eight gorgeous houses, all between 10th and 12th streets. Visitors will enjoy the warmth and character within the Hays Street Historic District, home to five of the tour houses.

This year’s Holiday Home Tour is a fundraiser for NENA’s new partnership with the local non-profit Jesse Tree, which provides a hand up to people facing eviction, empowering them to remain in their homes.​ Earlier this year, NENA created a dedicated fund for Jesse Tree, which is used to financially assist neighbors within the boundaries of the North End neighborhood.

Tickets are available now! Tickets are $25 per person (or $20 if pre-purchased online). Kids under 12 are free.NENA can accept cash and cards for tickets purchased in person on the day of the event. All wristbands and tour maps can be picked up on Dec. 14 at Goody’s, 1502 N. 12th St.

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Hours: 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Who: The tour is open to everyone! (Kids under 12 are free.) Invite your friends, family, and neighbors!
Where: Pick up your map & wristbands on Dec. 14 at Goody’s in Hyde Park, 1502 N. 12th St.

More details are available at