Indian Creek in downtown Caldwell, Idaho
Until recently, Caldwell, Idaho’s downtown was a very quiet place. The relatively few pedestrians probably did not know that they were walking over Indian Creek, buried beneath their feet since the 1930s. Thanks to a $9 million restoration, and a further $30 million promised by public/private partnerships, Indian Creek now sees the light of day, and Caldwell shows new life. Many groups made this possible, ranging from the Army Corps of Engineers and the American Society of Landscape Architects, to the National Park Service, who led a workshop on creek restoration and community trails. The National Endowment for the Arts and New England Foundation for the Arts helped artists-in-residence engage youth in the creation of a space where all can gather.
Photo: Pedestrians are reminded of the area’s natural bounty every time they cross Indian Creek