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Welcome to Parma!

     Located near the confluence of the Snake and Boise rivers, Parma, Idaho, extends the kind of hospitality that goes all the way back to the original Fort Boise, which provided rest and comfort to travelers here as early as 1834. The same spirit of hope, hard work, prosperity, and community that marked the character of the sojourners along the Oregon Trail all those years ago still pervades the population in and around Parma.

     The City of Parma itself is a compact and thriving metro-village, with shops, services, small restaurants, multiple churches, a newspaper, several parks, and a great many opportunities for youth, senior citizens, and everyone in-between. Its distinctive placement at the juncture of two rivers, on the Union Pacific main line, directly on US Highway 95, and just a short jump away from Interstate 84 renders it ideal for growers, shippers, manufacturers, commuters, and travelers to make the most of its location.

     The environs around Parma offer rich farmland, small business ventures, beautiful homesites, and recreational adventures. Farmers raise cattle, horses, goats, potatoes, onions, seeds of all kinds, hay, grain, hops, and other crops. The University of Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station is located just out of town, and events such as the fall fruit-tasting bring in interested participants from all over. Many family-run businesses offer a multitude of products and services, from auto-body repair to pet supplies, to espresso, to agricultural research—and many more. Recreationists hunt pheasants, quail, and other upland game birds, while others “stalk” wildlife and beautiful sunsets armed only with cameras. All four seasons come to Parma, along with the pleasures of each: soft, flowering springtime; bright, warm summer; colorful, harvest-ripe autumn, and cold, snowy winter.

     Families and children mean a great deal to everyone in Parma. Lions Cubs Park has a new toddlers’ play area; America’s Park offers playground equipment for children just a little older as well as a skatepark; and Old Fort Boise Park boasts a fort replica housing a pioneer museum. The City Pool is busy throughout the summer, with a kiddie pool for the youngest swimmers, and water aerobics classes for adults, as well as fun and noisy open admission sessions. A dental office, health clinic, and chiropractic services tend to the well-being of the populace; the Patricia Romanko Library nourishes the spirit and intellect.

     The Parma Schools are small enough to provide individual attention to every student, as well as just large enough to offer a variety of outstanding programs. Parma High School has been named one of US News & World Reports 2008 Top Schools. The high school building is just three years old, but the Class of 2008 honored Parma High School’s first graduate, 1908—marking one hundred years of tradition—at their commencement ceremony. The legacy of a local benefactor has provided over two million dollars in scholarships to PHS graduates and endowed the school in such a way as to make its technology some of the most noteworthy anywhere. The Bruce Mitchell Science and Technology Building is named for him, and an annual Bruce Mitchell Community Service Award honors Mr. Mitchell by recognizing and bestowing a medal on living members of the community who carry on his memory through their gifts of time, talent, expertise, and other gifts to the area.

     A progressive and visionary mayor and city council, a strong and dedicated school board, generous and energetic service organizations, a solid and hard-working citizenry, and the friendliness that just seems a part of the place make Parma a fine place to live, work, and play.

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