Longtime landscape architect honored for years of commitment to Whitefish


A everyday look about Whitefish will give you sights of tree-lined streets, flowing bicycle paths and eco-friendly spaces and virtually all of it originated with area landscape architect, Bruce Boody.

Landscape architecture will involve the setting up, design, administration and nurturing of the crafted and purely natural environments. It’s a occupation that, when finished well, provides pure grace and magnificence that can in many cases go forgotten, but the Whitefish local community identified its most prolific landscape visionary before this month.

At the Whitefish Town Council meeting on July 5, Mayor John Muhlfeld presented Boody with a Group Appreciation Award for his “decades of volunteer provider and management to the betterment of the local community of Whitefish.”

“Bruce, on behalf of the town council, town employees and your friends and colleagues, thank you so a great deal for all you have finished for our group.” Mulfeld continued, “We’re in a significantly far better area than we were being, offered your efforts.”

Muhlfeld detailed some of the boards Boody has volunteered on and labored for around the previous 35 several years, like the Pedestrian and Bike Path Advisory Committee and the Tree Advisory Committee.

Two longtime senior metropolis workers users, engineer Karin Hilding and planner Wendy Compton-Ring, agree that Whitefish would not glimpse the similar if not for Boody. Both equally spoke of the value of his expansive knowledge and forward thinking, which include his use of indigenous and drought-tolerant crops several years before that was generally acknowledged.

Some of his previous assignments incorporate Depot Park, Armory Park, Metropolis Seashore, the Downtown Grasp Prepare, the Central Avenue rebuilding task and the the greater part of the bike paths in Whitefish. However, Boody is down-to-earth when it arrives to his a long time of do the job on a myriad of general public city spaces.

“I guess we have had a hand in quite a couple of them,” he explained. “Just experienced a actual fortunate occupation in this article. It’s been fairly fun.”

Expanding UP with two sisters and a brother in Minnesota, Boody had never listened to of landscape architecture. But he knew he wished to go to university and when he headed to the University of Minnesota, his parents instructed him to find one thing that he enjoys to do.

He reported he would research in diverse destinations on campus. Frequently, he would analyze in the courtyard of the architecture making and 1 working day he observed the indicator in front of the making.

“It stated Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and I was like, ’What is that?’” Boody remembers. “So I went and talked to the head of the office and he just piled me up with textbooks I might go back again and communicate with him and immediately after looking through that stuff and wanting at it, I (understood), I have been executing this my full life!”

An inquisitive child, Boody suggests he must have driven his family nuts by asking why items were being accomplished the way they were being. He’d check with why some things looked so good and other points did not. His desire in the organic entire world and in web page function was deep-seated.

“And then I identified out you could do the job in that, and I was just like, (gasp) well of course, what am I gonna do? Now I am hooked,” he reported. “It was my matter.”

Whilst earning his diploma in landscape architecture, Boody used every summer working in Glacier National Park. Immediately after quite a few summers climbing and operating in the park, Boody felt he located his spot, as well.

“That was it, I just held doing work in the park and trying to uncover a way to get listed here,” he mentioned. “I observed my community.”

He moved to Whitefish in 1975 and worked out of an workplace in Kalispell for the initially couple of yrs.

“Then I bought plenty of knowledge and took my tests and handed these,” he claimed, and extra with a laugh, “Now, with the blinders nonetheless firmly in area, now is a excellent time to begin my have business enterprise.”

Boody recognized his company, Bruce Boody Landscape Architect, Inc., in 1981 to “design areas that endorse wellness and nicely-remaining for the men and women who use them.” He marketed the business previous 12 months but carries on to be dedicated to the function he enjoys.

“For a extended time it is really been 70 hrs a 7 days and now I have toned that down. I almost never work above 50 hrs a 7 days now,” he claimed. “So I consider I am accomplishing pretty great.”

WHITEFISH Custom made household builder Casey Malmquist has worked with Boody for 30 decades and describes him as a consummate experienced. They’ve worked together on public projects and on personal builds.

“Bruce has been a aspect of just about every single venture I’ve completed in these 30 yrs and is, I feel, the mystery sauce in that results,” Malmquist explained. “He has a wonderful vision of the entire world that he shares with other individuals really efficiently and is equipped to implement it as a result — an remarkable reward.”

“From The Wave, to the ice rink, the library, to bike trails, it goes on and on. And Bruce has his fingerprints on each and every solitary a single of all those, and in many cases at no demand,” Malmquist mentioned. “He actually has the neighborhood at heart.”

1 of his earliest initiatives is Whitefish’s preferred Riverside Park with strolling and biking paths, benches and bridges, sunshine and shade. It wasn’t constantly as lovely as it is right now.

The grassy slope from the tennis courts to the river was, in 1985, a sheer fall off with a assortment of old concrete and asphalt that had been dumped there for decades. Boody’s vision remodeled the internet site and the enable of the local community turned his plan to actuality.

In accordance to Boody, they obtained 40 to 50 cubic yards of fill from the sewer design project and in two weekends the community sodded the complete factor.

“The local community came out and brought their tractors and their tiny dozers and every little thing,” Boody recalled. “The city compensated them a little something but it was rather minimum. Persons arrived out and did all this operate, planted the trees, laid the sod. Pretty awesome.”

Even though Boody sees the regional group as awesome, his depth of knowledge about the community and his devotion to its improvement could be described in the exact same way.

He says Whitefish is a local community of activists who come across a way to make issues happen and credits John Kramer, earlier city manager Ralph Friedman and Susan and Charlie Abel for their leadership and for helping persuade people that parks are crucial.

“I just adore landscape architecture. I consider it can be a terrific occupation,” explained Boody. “Then when you include on the reward of becoming in a position to function on these community areas and finding to see persons applying the trails, coming to the river, the lake. It’s a good point for a group.”

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