The effort to build Baxter's Dog Park was started in the Spring of 2011 by
by a few local people who wanted to start Twin Falls' first dog park. The
Magic Valley Canine Social Club worked with the City of Twin Falls to find
a suitable location for the park. The City of Twin Falls acquired the property
at the corner of Blake St. and Shoup Ave. W. through a land exchange with
Twin Falls County. The dog park finally had a home.
With the goal to raise $85,000 to build the park the Magic Valley Canine
Social Club started raising funds by selling t-shirts, sponsoring fun runs/walks, soliciting donations and started the Dierkes Lake Pooch Splash (an annual event where dogs get to play off leash at Dierkes Lake for a day). The Twin Falls Community Foundation provided a non profit account to which money could be deposited and guidance on fund raising. Members of the Twin Falls community were very generous volunteering their time and in their donations, with a substantial portion of the monies coming from large contributions. With major donations received for the park the City of Twin Falls provided funding to complete the park.
The park was opened with a ribbon cutting on August 23, 2014.
On July 22, 2010 a fire burned approximately 450 acres of City owned property and 50 acres of BLM property near Auger Falls in the Snake River Canyon.
After the fire, donations were received by the City for restoration of the burnt area. A total of $41,200 was received including $2,200 donated through the Twin Falls Community Foundation. In addition to the funds donated, 2500 pounds of native grass seed worth approximately $21,000 was donated.
The Bureau of Land Management provided assistance with native grass, sagebrush and wildflower seed selection, mixing, bagging and delivery of the seed. The Bureau also provided planting instructions and oversight of reseeding.
On September 11, 2010 approximately 400 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plus about 50 other volunteers from the community spent about 4 hours reseeding approximately 200-250 acres burned by the fire. CH2M Hill prepared and provided a barbeque lunch for all the volunteers that day.
Success of the reseeding project was mixed. In some areas the reseeding took hold very well, while others not so well.
About the overwhelming demonstration of generosity from the community, Dennis Bowyer, Parks and Recreation Director of the City of Twin Falls, was quoted as saying "These donations of time, money and seeds are an example of why the Magic Valley is such a wonderful place to live."
From the establishment of the Twin Falls Community Foundation the board of directors has been working on redevelopment of the Main Avenue Fountain Plaza. The redevelopment was officially named the Downtown Commons. In 2015 the project was relocated across the street to the site of the old Rogerson Hotel. The original design was modified to better complement a major redevelopment of three blocks of Main Ave and the remodel of a building across the street to a new City Hall.
On Jan 29, 2018 Twin Falls Community Foundation Chairman Leonard Anderson presented a check to the City of Twin Falls for $119, 021.65 to help in the development of the 2 million dollar Downtown Commons project.
Dedication and a ribbon cutting ceremony took place on July 6, 2018.
The project has a splash park and an area for public events.
A big THANK YOU to all of those that made this project possible.