The Foothills Learning Center is named for Jim Hall, who retired in 2012 as Director of the Boise Parks and Recreation Department. In the more than two decades with Boise Parks and Recreation, Jim Hall helped to build a lasting legacy of preservation and recreation in Boise.
During his 21-year career with the City of Boise, Hall was responsible for the acquisition of numerous park sites, protecting thousands of acres of open space in the Foothills, and providing hundreds of free or low-cost programs for youth throughout the city.
Hall developed the first Boise Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan, a 20-year Land Acquisition Plan, the Ridge to Rivers Program, and the Foothills Open Space Management Plan. He implemented the voter-approved Foothills Open Space Levy, which resulted in the protection of 10,300 acres of critical wildlife, recreation, and open space lands.