Boise & Garden City

City asks Boiseans to stay out of Esther Simplot Park until it's open

The future park along Whitewater Park Boulevard is an active construction site that is potentially dangerous for public use, city officials said in a news release Monday.

Over the next three months, contractors will be planting park vegetation, which will require several months to become established and robust enough to survive and mature, officials said.

Trespassing on unopened city park property is a misdemeanor and violators could be subject to a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

No firm opening date has been set for the park, a 55-acre site that will feature ponds, trails, playgrounds and a stream that will connect to Quinn's Pond. Construction began in February 2015, and the park's development is funded by the J.R. Simplot Foundation.

“This park will truly be a one-of-a-kind asset to our city, and we're just as excited as our citizens to see it completed, Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said in a news release. "However, it's very important that the public respect the site as an unsafe construction zone and wait until it is officially open."