Boise is known for the many parks that dot the river along the greenbelt. These are some of our favorites.
Ann Morrison – Ann Morrison Park is one of the “Ribbon of Jewels,” an urban park located on the Boise River. The park property was purchased by Morrison-Knudsen Co. founder Harry W. Morrison in honor of his late wife, Ann Morrison, and built in 1959 by Morrison-Knudsen employees.
The 153-acre park features a distinctive spray fountain, gardens, Candy Cane Playground, tennis courts, lighted softball diamonds, soccer, cricket and football fields, and a picnic pavilion.
Julia Davis – The city’s oldest park, Julia Davis Park was created thanks to a generous donation of 43 acres of land in 1907 by Thomas Davis as a memorial to his beloved wife, Julia.
Julia Davis Park is the cultural and historic heart of the city. The 89.4-acre park is the home of Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Historical Museum, Discovery Center of Idaho and Idaho Black History Museum.
Camel’s Back – Camel’s Back Park site was acquired by the City of Boise in 1932 from Bernard Lemp, a relative of a former mayor. The developed portion of the park is approximately 11 acres. The park was developed primarily through individual and organization donations, including National Guard, local Rotary Club, Optimist Club, and the Boise Jaycees.
The park was dedicated in 1965. Park amenities include a playground, tennis courts, picnic area, and access to Hulls Gulch and the Boise foothills.
Camel’s Back is also the site of the Hyde Park Street Fair, the start/finish line for several YMCA sponsored running and duathlons. Camel’s Back is also a great viewing point for fireworks, astronomical events and a venue for drumming, kite flying and other non-traditional activities. If we get winter snow, the lower hill becomes one of the favorite sledding areas in the area as well.
Kleiner – This 58-acre park with an amphitheater offers a range of activities, such as fishing & basketball, bocce ball, playground, running paths and more. Located across the street from the Village this is a park not to be missed.
Settlers – Located in the Heart of Meridian this park is know as Idaho’s First Universally Accessible Playground. It also features Little City of Rocks, Monuments – Rock, Splash Pad, Sound Garden, Swings, Tree of Hope, Shade Structures, picnic shelters, baseball fields, tennis courts and fishing pond.