Boise & Garden City

Boise to host open house Thursday on future of Downtown parks

In anticipation of the thousands of new residents, workers, and visitors Downtown, the city of Boise is kicking off a planning effort to create a vision for future urban parks and public spaces.

The city is inviting the public to visit an open house event Thursday to review demographic information and trend data and to identify new or untapped opportunities for parks and public spaces. The event is scheduled to go from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Berryhill Plaza, 121 N. 9th St.

The area the city plans to study is a 2.5-square-mile section of land that contains the Boise River and Greenbelt, Boise State University campus, the State Capitol, St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center and BoDo. Almost 39 percent of this area is owned by public or quasi-public entities, including more than .5 square miles of improved land owned or under the management of Boise Parks & Recreation (BPR). Ann Morrison Memorial Park, Julia Davis Park, and Kathryn Albertson Park account for more than 78 percent of this land, leaving less than .1 square miles dedicated to small parks, plazas or other public spaces.

At the open house, the public will be asked to rate existing parks and public spaces, identify new locations, and suggest ideas about how to create new traditional or alternative parks Downtown, according to a Boise Parks and Recreation news release.

The “listening” phase of the project is expected to continue through October. Then, a plan will be prepared for further discussion and review by the public and City Council in winter. The final plan will be completed in early 2016, according to the news release.

The project is a collaboration between the city’s Planning and Development Services and Parks and Recreation departments.

For more information, visitor the Parks and Recreation website or send an email to Leon Letson, Department of Planning & Development Services at or call him at (208) 384-3816. You can also contact Jennifer Tomlinson, Boise Parks & Recreation, via email at, or phone: (208) 608-7637.