From its source in the Boise foothills, Indian Creek meanders through farmland, residential, and industrial areas before it enters downtown Caldwell, Idaho, where it joins the Boise River. Early settlers established Caldwell near the Oregon Trail where it became Idaho’s first major city. As Caldwell grew, it buried Indian Creek beneath asphalt and concrete.
Eventually, the once-bustling downtown fell victim to retail centers and shopping malls. Faced with a blighted downtown, volunteers and business leaders developed a plan to restore the downtown. The core of the plan is to "daylight" Indian Creek, allowing it to flow free, and creating six acres of new green space. The creek will be a magnet for residents and visitors, creating an appealing environment to live, work, and play. A trail and pathway system will connect outlying areas to the downtown core.
The city is teaming with numerous local groups, citizens, non-profits, State and Federal agencies. The city has discovered the domino effect of partnerships: each new partner brings more partners to the table, enriching the project, building community connections, and engaging new audiences.