Boise & Garden City

Rhodes Park design aimed at both beginner, advanced skateboarders

The Boise Skateboard Association showed off the design for the Rhodes Park renovation Wednesday.

The more than 33,000-square-foot skate park, designed by Seattle company Grindline Skateparks, is under the Connector’s 15th and 16th street bridges.

The park could possibly be completed by January, but residents will see dramatic changes as soon as next week, said Lori Wright, BSA president.

“We're going to see it transform quickly now,” she said. “This is going to be such an interesting process.”

Wright said the remodeled park will appeal to beginner to advanced skaters. It will be one of the largest skate parks in the Northwest.

Dedicated in December 1995, Rhodes Park was the brainchild of former Ada County Highway Commissioner Glenn Rhodes. Officials say some of its features have deteriorated over 20 years, prompting the overhaul.

The park also lies in the middle of an area of focus for the city of Boise. Known as “Hobo Hangout,” city officials worried about increasing reports of violence at the favorite gathering and sleeping place for homeless people. In recent months, the city took steps to gradually displace homeless people from the site.

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is donating $1.25 million to the Rhodes Park project, while the city of Boise plans to contribute about $300,000.

About 250 people attended a Wednesday night unveiling of the new design Wednesday night at Fort Boise Park, according to the BSA.