Accessible Recreation

The Boise Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to explore, recreate and play. From our AdVenture programming to our inclusive playgrounds and accessible trails, use this page to learn more about Boise’s wide variety of offerings for the entire family.

Adventure participants on bicycles on the greenbelt on an overcast day.
Adaptive Bicycling on the Boise River Greenbelt

Boise Parks and Recreation’s AdVenture Program (short for Adaptive Adventures) offers recreational activities, wilderness excursions, fitness programs, sports and social activities specifically designed for individuals with disabilities along with their families and friends.

New classes, camps and activities are offered by season: Winter/Spring, Summer and Fall, and are listed in the department’s Activity Guide. The AdVenture Program promotes self-confidence, wellness and physical fitness for participants of all ages, leading to a more independent lifestyle.

Learn More About AdVenture

Molenaar Playground on a overcast winter day
Molenaar Playground

Accessible and Inclusive Playgrounds

Playgrounds are some of the first places where children learn to engage, interact and explore. They can spark imagination, inspire creative play and encourage important socialization. But for some children, the traditional playground is a place full of insurmountable obstacles. They encounter stairs they can’t climb – or are prevented from even reaching the equipment due to bark chips or uneven ground covering their mobility device can’t navigate. This can be frustrating for children and their parents looking for an outdoor outlet.

At Boise Parks and Recreation, we are committed to providing places for children of all abilities to learn, play and grow. We want our youngest residents to experience a level playing field on the playground, with a variety of amenities that can stimulate the senses and encourage all ages to discover new things. That’s why we’ve committed to improving playgrounds across Boise to make them more accessible for children and families, and it’s part of the city’s broader vision to create a city for everyone.

Playground equipment that is accessible and inclusive includes ramps providing access to and from play structures, climbing walls and finger mazes to promote tactile play, bells for auditory stimulation, inclusive motion spinners to promote social play and adaptive swings, among other amenities. Another popular piece of equipment modified to meet the needs of children of all abilities is the zip line. Visit the park’s web page, linked below, for a breakdown of accessible playground amenities on site.

Park playgrounds with accessible features and amenities, including bonded rubber surfacing material for mobility device and wheelchair users:

Park playgrounds with bonded rubber surfacing material for mobility device and wheelchair users:

Accessible Paths and Features

Many of Boise’s parks have paved pathways to explore, accessible amenities for recreation and ADA bathrooms.

  • Visit Kathryn Albertson Park to experience the beauty of the changing seasons from paved pathways and accessible boardwalks overlooking the park’s ponds. ADA parking and ADA restroom is available in the lot off Americana Boulevard. This is a natural park and out of respect for wildlife, dogs must remain on leash and bicycles are not allowed.
  • Esther Simplot Park features a variety of pathways surrounding this unique water complex. There is also a wheelchair accessible beach on site. An ADA restroom is located in both restrooms on site. Please note, dogs are not allowed on the beaches or in the water for water quality reasons.
  • The City of Boise manages 25 miles of the Boise River Greenbelt along the north and south sides of the Boise River. This paved pathway is 12 feet wide and can be accessed from parking lots at Willow Lane Athletic Complex, Veterans Memorial Park, Esther Simplot Park, Idaho Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial, Shoreline Park, Ann Morrison Park, Julia Davis Park, Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park, Warm Springs Golf Course, Baggley Park, Marianne Williams Park, Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial with ADA parking spots at each location.
  • Cherie Buckner-Webb Park features a paved seating area, wheelchair accessible tables and pathway access for people with mobility devices or wheelchairs to view new interactive artwork “Gentle Breeze” (2021) by Matthew Mazzotta.

Accessible Park Shelters

Boise parks offer a variety of shelter options for family gatherings and events. Size and capacity varies by location. Here are some examples:
  • Esther Simplot Park Central Lawn Pavilion (500 capacity)
    • 9 ADA accessible parking spots in park. 2 ADA accessible parking spots in close proximity of the pavilion.
    • An ADA restroom is located in both restrooms on-site.
    • Pathway access to shelters and restrooms.
    • Accessible amenities: covered shelter, drinking fountain, electric power and picnic tables.
  • Veterans Memorial Shelter (200 capacity)
    • 7 ADA accessible parking spots. All of these spots are not in close proximity of the shelter but there are paths available from parking lot to shelter (Approximately 450 feet from nearest parking lot to shelter).
    • ADA restrooms on-site.
    • Pathway access to shelters and restrooms.
    • Accessible amenities: covered shelter, electrical power and picnic tables.
  • Borah Shelter (50 capacity)
    • 3 ADA accessible parking spots. All of these spots are not in close proximity of the shelter but there are paths available from parking lot to shelter (Approximately 450 feet from nearest parking lot to shelter).
    • ADA restrooms on-site.
    • Pathway access to shelters and restrooms.
    • Accessible amenities: covered shelter, drinking fountain, outdoor grill and picnic tables.

Looking to reserve a park shelter or facility for your next gathering? Visit the Parks and Recreation Department’s reservations web page to learn more. Reservations are accepted April 15 through October 15 each year.

For specific recommendations, please call (208) 608-7600.

veterans park shelter in the fall
Veterans Memorial Shelter
boise hills park tennis court on a sunny day
Boise Hills Park Tennis Court

Accessible Sport Courts

  • Ann Morrison Park (2 adult tennis courts, 4 youth tennis courts) (55 feet from nearest parking lot to courts)
  • Boise Hills Park (1 tennis court, 1 basketball court) (500 feet from nearest parking lot to courts)
  • Helen B. Lowder Park (2 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts) (250 feet from nearest parking lot to courts)
  • Hobble Creek Park (12 pickleball courts, 2 tennis courts) (400 feet from nearest parking lot to courts)
  • Peppermint Park (2 tennis courts and 1 basketball court) (50 feet from nearest parking lot to courts)
  • Phillippi Park (1 tennis court, 2 basketball courts) (175 feet from nearest parking lot to courts)

Accessible Trails

The Ridge to Rivers trail team has put together a comprehensive list of trails, organized by reserve, to help guide your experience in the Boise Foothills. This includes information on ADA accessible parking and trailheads when available. Click here to visit the Ridge to Rivers website.

Two gentleman on handbikes in the boise foothills on a cool spring day.

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