Boise & Garden City

Work to start next month on West Boise’s Sterling Park

Sterling Park has a fenced area for dogs, but the city of Boise is preparing to plant grass and trees as a first step in developing it.
Sterling Park has a fenced area for dogs, but the city of Boise is preparing to plant grass and trees as a first step in developing it. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Boise Parks and Recreation expects to finish the green-up phase of Sterling Park next spring or summer, director Doug Holloway said Monday.

The $1.7 million project is the first step toward full development. The green-up phase includes the basics of any city park: grass, irrigation system, parking areas, trees and pathways. Today, the eight-acre park, on the southwest corner of Mitchell and Irving streets, is a bark-covered dog park. When it’s done, it will have many traditional park amenities, such as a playground, tennis courts and a basketball court. It will also offer some less-common features, including a spray pad and small skate park, Holloway said.

The city has awarded the green-up contract to Diamond Contractors.

Sterling is one of several parks on Boise’s list of new recreation spots. Parks and Recreation is wrapping up the green-up phase for Magnolia Park, located on Bogart Lane north of State Street, and Molenaar Park on Maple Grove Road north of Victory Road. Holloway said the department hopes to open both of those parks this fall.

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