Boise & Garden City

Boise to celebrate Comba Park opening Aug. 8

The city of Boise is inviting West Boise neighbors to join a gala celebration to mark the opening of Comba Park at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 8. The park is at 2995 N. Five Mile near the intersection of Ustick and Five Mile.

Comba Park is a 3.2-acre site donated to the city in 2000 by the Comba family.

The dedication ceremony will feature remarks by Mayor David Bieter, Trudy Comba and her daughter Kathryn Metcalfe followed by a ribbon cutting and childrens' games.

Comba, the park's namesake, is a long-time Idaho resident who spent 42 years in education. Comba is a former Boise State University professor. She operated an early childhood education center at the site of Comba Park.

The 2011 Boise Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan identified the park as a high priority for the West Bench neighborhood in 2011 because of the area's lack of parks and other public spaces.

Comba Park includes a splash pad, pathways, shelters, playground and other improvements. The splash pad is the first of its kind in Boise with three ground sprays, a dumping bucket, a 36-inch orb, landscaping and a shelter.

The project includes a sustainable water control system that allows for water to be recycled from the splash pad to landscape irrigation.

The park will see more additions this fall, including a large community garden and a building, paid for by private donations, to house the Boise Urban Garden School.