The Iconic Parks of Boise’s River Street Neighborhood

Just steps away from the Boise River, the River Street neighborhood is surrounded by some of Boise’s best-loved parks…

Four of these are part of Boise’s “River of Jewels,” a collection of historic properties named after some of the city’s most influential leaders. All of them are connected by the Boise River Greenbelt, a 25-mile trail that runs through the heart of the city and along both banks of the river.

Joggers and cyclists in the neighborhood can quickly access these parks by walking along Pioneer Path, crossing a nearby footbridge or using the sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes along Americana Bridge.

From whitewater waves to museums and galleries, River Street neighborhood’s parks are home to some of the best local hangouts and iconic sights in the City of Trees.

Julia Davis Park

This spacious 89.4-acre park has always been a hub for local history, arts and culture. Founded in 1907, the park today is home to Zoo Boise, the Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Historical Museum, Discovery Center of Idaho, the Idaho Black History Museum and a stunning rose garden.

Idaho Fallen Firefighters Memorial

Surrounded by cottonwoods and willows, this park is home to a life-size bronze statue made by a local artist, along with a memorial wall inscribed with the names of Idaho’s fallen firefighters. The park is a quiet spot for visitors to take in the river and enjoy local art.

Esther Simplot Park

Over 23 acres of blue ponds cover the surface of Esther Simplot park. The clear, calm waters are ideal for swimming, paddleboarding and fishing. Just a few minutes’ walk away, kayakers and surfers can catch waves at a nearby whitewater park along the Boise River.

Ann Morrison Park

For more than 60 years, Ann Morrison Park has been a place for Boiseans to get out, play and enjoy the 206 days of sunshine. The park contains bocce ball courts, playgrounds, tennis courts, softball diamonds, soccer fields, volleyball courts, and even an outdoor gym. It’s a favorite stop for families floating the Boise River.

Kathryn Albertson Park

Kathryn Albertson is a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Boise. The park is criss-crossed with walking paths that meander through shady trees, wildflower gardens and bubbling streams. Here, herons nest along the ponds and songbirds sing in the trees.

Rhodes Skate Park

Underneath a freeway overpass is something unexpected: a world-class skatepark featuring a rails and ramps for skaters and BMX riders, all surrounded by colorful local street art. Since 1995, Rhodes Skate Park has been an urban hub for extreme sports enthusiasts — young rookies and pros alike.

At these parks, it’s possible to feel “away from it all” and yet still deeply connected to the heart of the city. Most of them are just across the river, Locals can play bocce ball, kayak the river, bike the greenbelt…and still get back to Downtown Boise in time for happy hour.

May 16, 2019