Best of Treasure Valley

BOTV 2015 - Outdoors & Sports

The Treasure Valley is a great community for outdoors and sports enthusiasts.

Want to see for yourself? Just go outside.

You’ll find the Greenbelt and the Foothills. You’ll be able to experience the Boise River or Ann Morrison Park.

“Boise is on a number of lists as the best place to live, the best place to raise a family,” said Amy Stahl, the community relations manager for the Boise Parks & Recreation Department. “We know that a lot of people come to work here because they enjoy the outdoors.”

Readers voted Ann Morrison, Julia Davis and Camel’s Back as the three Best Public Parks.

Each one is a Boise treasure.

“Ann Morrison is a larger venue for sports, everything from soccer to baseball to Ultimate Frisbee,” Stahl said. “Yet it also has an extraordinary fountain, a really lovely playground and a Greenbelt connection. It’s a place where you can have a wonderful sports experience or some contemplative time while enjoying walking paths.”

Julia Davis Park, with Zoo Boise on one end and the Boise Art Museum on the other, attracts throngs of people.

“The zoo is one of the most visited amenities in our community,” Stahl said. “About 350,000 people a year visit the zoo, and more than a million people visit that park each year.”

And if you’d like to explore the Foothills, Camel’s Back Park is a great place to start.

“Camel’s Back is such a popular area,” Stahl said. “You can have a hiking experience on the hillside there, or you can take off on the trails in the Hulls Gulch area. It’s everything the Foothills have to offer in one central location.”

Not surprisingly, readers voted the Greenbelt as the Best Family Recreation Spot.

“It’s accessible,” Stahl said. “Kids can walk and have an outdoor experience.”

Of course, no discussion of outdoors and sports in the Treasure Valley is complete without a mention of Boise State football, which readers voted Best Sporting Event.

Indeed, no event brings Boise together like watching the Broncos on The Blue on a fall afternoon or evening.

Community spirit fills the air as half the fans at Albertsons Stadium shout out “Boiiisssee!” and the other half of the crowd answers “Staaaate!”

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